The Museum of science and industry opened at Liverpool Road Station on 15 September 1983. This museum takes you through the story of the world?s first industrial city - Manchester. The Museum?s historic buildings tell their own story and provide an inspiring setting for their galleries. Based in one of the world's oldest railway stations, Liverpool Road Station, Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry is host to nearly 15 galleries. The museum has some permanent exhibitions. A few of them are listed below:
- The Air & Space Gallery - This gallery is packed with planes and flying history memorabilia. Don?t miss the mighty Avro Shackleton plane in this section.
- Space gallery - Interactive computer displays and simulations.
- The Making of Manchester - An exhibition about Manchester city and its industrial heritage.
- Underground Manchester - A walk through Manchester's Victorian Sewer system, complete with sounds and smells.
- Xperiment - A hands-on science centre with amazing special effects.
- Fibres, Fabrics and Fashion ? This is an eye-opener to the cotton manufacturing machinery.
- The Gas & Electricity Galleries - These galleries shed light on how the powerful utilities affected the lives of people.
- Power Hall ? An exhibition of large engines and steam engines. The colossal steam locomotive, Beyer Garratt, can be found in the Power Hall.
The Museum of Science & Industry has won many awards for its interactive, hands-on approach. This makes it a wonderful experience for children, who love to grapple with rather than just look at exhibits. Stand and look in awe at a Beyer Garratt locomotive (one of the largest ever built) or walk through a perfect reconstruction of a 19th-century sewer! Admission to the museum is free except for special exhibitions.
The collection centre ? a cross between a store, a gallery and a study centre is the first of its kind in the country. Here the collections are publicly accessible. Visitors can look into the four large object stores; explore drawers and cabinets and watch curators, archivists and conservators at work.