Manchester Museum of Science & Industry Review

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willtheman45's review of Manchester Museum of Science & Industry

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“There are currently five buildings here: Aircraft,...”

Written on: 25/01/2008 by willtheman45 (20 reviews written)

Good Points
-Free
-Fascinating exhibits
-Good interactive things
-Comfy cafe!

Bad Points
-Train ride is short but enjoyable
-Car parking is a rip-off

General Comments
There are currently five buildings here: Aircraft, Main, The Warehouse, Power Hall and the Victorian Station.

So I'll divide my review into sections on these buildings.



1. AIRCRAFT BUILDING

Housed in an old market building this is the second largest building. It looks tatty from the outside but inside its awesome.



The ground floor is mainly about aircraft with an amazing range of aircraft either hanging from the ceiling or on the floor. There all very interesting and as well as them there are a good amount of other transport items like cars and motorbikes. upstairs is an exhibit on space with lots of interesting facts-oh and a monster case with 1980's cybermen-yay! Great building-takes about an hour to get around.



2.MAIN BUILDING

I think this is the largest building (Power Hall is large too) but it certainly has the most exhibits. there is currently three floors of exhibits. The ground floor has the shop and cafe (more on them) , the special exhibition (must pay extra currently one about out bodies- I went to the Doctor Who one-it was brill) as well as a cotton mill exhibit. This is sort of two florrs with one raised. The bottom floor is really boring but the top floor is excellent with some superb machines which look great.

On the second floor is an exhibition on scientists from Manchester and all about their inventions-the man who built radar was from Manchester -really good with some interactive exhibits. On the third floor is the interactive ehibit(can't remember name) which i didn't get in because there was a huge queue. Underground is a very museum like exhibit-the items that don't go on display are down here in lots of draws-there's lots of cameras.



3. THEWAREHOUSE

Only got in one bit of this-the electritty bit which was huge,very interactive and informative and included some generators(which I was fascinated by for some reason!). The rest looked like exhibits about warehouses-but I think it closes early.



4. POWER HALL

My favourite bit-mainly because I love trains but the machines are fantastic too. Its massive and you go through susch a riny door! The first area is a mass of beam engines and waterwheels (in water) as well as other steam engines in operation-they are great-very well put in they belend in with it. There is also some exhibits on how we get power. Then in a siding are five or six trains-they are great you can climb up and look in there 'cabins'-there's also a huge South African locomotive. There's also a lovely little and amazingly detailed model railway-with Thomas the Tank Engine of course!



5. VICTORIAN STATION

A wonderfully re-created station on top-and no its isn't where the train starts. On the top floor ia an exhibt about culture-zzz...

Downstairs is a re-created station scene as well as a nice little room on the railway. There are now two exhibits one on 'water and sewers' the other on the 'Making on Manchester'. The first is larger -at the beginning are exhibits on the water source, how it is cleaned as well as an absolutely stunning recreation of a bath house as well as a dolly tub! The exhibit is a little dull but there's some very interesting things to do! Next is the famous/infamous sewer recreation-its quite good with some nasty smells but its really short and th rats look rubbish. After that its on about flooding and diseases in water-you can even use a water pumup! Making of Manchester is a good exhibt on the history of Manchester as well as a Gas gallery-which I can't remember.



FACILITIES/OTHER ATTRACTIONS



The train ride which only runs in season starts from a slab in the middle behind a Victorian engine. It goes past the station alongside the mianline then goes on a 'ledge' on the side of the main building-you can see where Sooty is filmed! it costs a pound and is about a quarter of a mile long.



Cafe's- The cafe is by the main entrance which is annyoign because when the door opens it gets cold. Reasonably priced, okay quality. There are comfy sofa's to sit on and televisions to watch the News on.



Shop-Opposite the cafe is a well sized shop with lots of scientific games. reasonable price.



Parking- There is a car park but it costs '£4 -however I suppose this fair as there is FREE entry). Do not park on the multi-storey car park nearby as its a rip-off at '£5.50 for up to 3 hrs and is really badly designed.



Overall, the Manchester Science and Industry museum is well-interesting and err...AWESOME!





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  • 2006/December 2007

    Date of visit (month/year)

  • Teenagers

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