The Science and Industry Museum stands on one of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe.
We care for a globally important heritage site comprising five listed buildings. This site was the original terminus of the world’s first inter-city railway and our characteristic 1830 Warehouse epitomises Manchester’s 19th-century reputation as the “warehouse of the western world”.
We combine the distinctive appeal of our historic site with a vibrant contemporary science programme, making connections between the past and the present, between scientific theory and real-world applications.
One of the flagship events in our cultural calendar, bringing science to life for people of all ages, is the 11-day Manchester Science Festival, which takes place across the city. Each October, it attracts the best scientists from Manchester and beyond to showcase current research and promote the region’s rich heritage of innovation.
Over the next few years, we will be carrying out some crucial conservation and restoration work to our Grade I and II listed buildings, to ensure a successful and sustainable future for the museum.
In July 2019 we announced a £6 million project to restore the historic Power Hall to full working condition. The restored Power Hall will show how Manchester rose to be a player on the world stage, through the stories of the people who built the amazing machines on display, kept them running and the things they made. The project is expected to take around two years, with the Power Hall scheduled to reopen in Summer 2021 and steam power to return the following year.
We have started work on our new £5 million Special Exhibition Gallery, designed by award-winning architects Carmody Groarke. The gallery will be built in the Grade II listed New Warehouse, the museum’s main building and arrival point. It will provide an international-standard space for temporary exhibitions to be shown in Manchester, while simultaneously showing off the beauty of the historic Warehouse basement and Colonnaded Viaduct. The new space will open in 2020.