And why it is a great day out for all ages.

The awesome selfie display within the foyer

Located just off Deansgate, in the centre of Manchester, this little gem of a museum is spread over several different buildings, with each area showcasing something different. The entrance area is excellent, with a display of selfies taken on arrival being uploaded onto a screen within the foyer. There is so much to see in this museum and there’s something for everybody. In fact, the day I went, there was every age under the sun looking around. 

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A very early model of a plane in the foyer area of the museum
A mock-up of what an old cotton mill would have looked like

There is a great section dedicated to the Industrial Revolution, which started right here in Manchester. The exhibit showed an old cotton mill set up, so you could see what the working conditions would have been like for the workers back then, as well as original equipment used. I was quite curious about this area because my lovely Gran used to work in the cotton mills when she finished school in the 1940s, which lead to a semi-loss of her hearing due to the constant noise from the machines. No health and safety back then!

Locomotive Section
Locomotive Section

If you are into your engines and planes, the Locomotive section will be just up your street. There are several aircraft that were over one hundred years old, in addition to old spitfire planes from World War II.

The outdoor Locomotive Section
Old working-class neighbourhood

My favourite section was the working-class neighbourhood showing how Mancunians used to live. You can walk around the old-fashioned houses and sewage exhibits. I know I’m not really selling this right now talking about sewers, but trust me, it’s worth checking out!

Old Manchester Sewers
Poo Power! Ha ha…

The day we decided to visit it was raining cats and dogs, so escaping to a museum is usually a good idea when the weather is poor. Just bear in mind, that everyone else will be doing the same! And, in Manchester, that’s a given!

Part of the Power Hall display

Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP, |

Thanks for reading my post on the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) which is a great window into Manchester’s industrial past, and help visitors to discover its history. Best of all… it’s free! So stick it on your bucket list when in the city, and learn what put Manchester on the map.

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An image of Manchester City Centre, printed on cotton, which is one of the many things Manchester is famous for
Locomotive Section outdoor section
I love these awesome stairs heading down to the industrial Power Hall area
What??? We had to go outdoors for water? Yep! As my Gran used to say, “You don’t know you’re born!”
An image of the old Gas Works Plant in Manchester

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