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Museum of Science and Industry

Find out what made Manchester an industrial powerhouse by engaging with the amazing exhibitions on the site of one of the world’s first passenger railway stations.

Fittingly located on the site of one of the world’s first passenger railway stations, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) showcases Manchester’s place in history as the home of the Industrial Revolution. MOSI’s interactive exhibits go well beyond that subject, however, and you will need more than one day to take it all in. The amazing displays are great fun for children, but engaging for everyone with an interest in the workings of nature and clever inventions.

MOSI offers several permanent galleries on technologies that have revolutionized the world but are taken for granted today. Manchester’s central place in industry is highlighted through exhibitions of objects engineered or produced in the area, such as the long-range maritime patrol aircraft in the Air & Space Gallery.

Start by visiting the Revolution Manchester Gallery, which provides an overview of the museum’s collections. A great way to discover the best of MOSI is by downloading a free, themed audio trail, which lets you find 10 objects relating to one particular subject in some of the galleries.

Visit the exhibits that relate to Manchester’s entrepreneurial past, such as The Making of Manchester Gallery. Learn about the life of Mancunians from the era of the Roman Empire to the present day and discover why Manchester is the place where scientists first split the atom. Go to the Textiles Gallery to try out braiding and weaving.  

Some exhibits include live demonstrations and motion simulators. There is also the 4-D Theatre with moving seats, air blasts and water sprays. Details of all exhibits and the extra charges applicable for the movies and simulators can be found on the MOSI website.

Admission to the Museum of Science and Industry is free, but a voluntary donation for upkeep is appreciated. The on-site parking lot is expensive, but you can also get to the museum by taking the Metrolink tram to Deansgate-Castlefield or by catching the free Metroshuttle bus, which services city center train stations as well as some car parks and bus stops. MOSI is open daily, except December 24-26 and January 1.


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INNSiDE by Melia Manchester $86
INNSiDE by Melia Manchester

INNSiDE by Melia Manchester

1 First Street, Manchester, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Deansgate Locks and Bridgewater Hall. Manchester Palace Theatre and Deansgate are also within 10 minutes. Deansgate-Castlefield Station and Manchester Deansgate Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel $80
    Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

    Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

    Water Street, Manchester, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Science and Industry, The Gay Village, and Manchester Arena. National Football Museum and Manchester Arndale are also within 1 mi (2 km). Manchester Salford Central Station is 7 minutes by foot and Deansgate-Castlefield Station is 12 minutes.

      Hotel Gotham $156
      Hotel Gotham

      Hotel Gotham

      100 King Street, Manchester, England
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Manchester Art Gallery, Piccadilly Gardens, and Manchester Arndale. The Gay Village and Albert Square are also within 10 minutes. Mosley Street Station and Market Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        easyHotel Manchester $31
        easyHotel Manchester

        easyHotel Manchester

        33 Dale Street, Manchester, England
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Greater Manchester Police Museum and Piccadilly Gardens. The Gay Village and Canal Street are also within 10 minutes. Picadilly Gardens Station is only a 4-minute walk and Market Street Station is 6 minutes.

          The Midland - Manchester $84
          The Midland - Manchester

          The Midland - Manchester

          16 Peter Street, Manchester, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Manchester City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Manchester Central Library, St. Peter's Square, and Albert Hall. Bridgewater Hall and Albert Square are also within 5 minutes. St Peters Square Station is only a 2-minute walk and Deansgate-Castlefield Station is 7 minutes.

            The Lowry Hotel $145
            The Lowry Hotel

            The Lowry Hotel

            50 Dearmans Place, Manchester, England
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Deansgate, Manchester Opera House, and Manchester Arena. Manchester Cathedral and Albert Square are also within 10 minutes. Manchester Salford Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Victoria Station is 11 minutes.

              Whitworth Locke $75
              Whitworth Locke

              Whitworth Locke

              74 Princess St., Manchester, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Manchester City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Gay Village and Albert Square. O2 Apollo Manchester and Manchester Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). Manchester Oxford Road Station and Manchester Manchester Oxford Road Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                CitySuites Aparthotel $111
                CitySuites Aparthotel

                CitySuites Aparthotel

                16 Chapel Street, Manchester, England
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manchester Cathedral, Printworks, and National Football Museum. Exchange Square and Manchester Arndale are also within 10 minutes. Victoria Station is 6 minutes by foot and Shudehill Station is 9 minutes.