I always forget how much there is to see and do at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and this weekend was no exception. Invited to attend the grand opening of their new blockbuster exhibition ‘The Sun’ we set off early with our mini scientists aged 5,6 and 8.
The first thing I’d point out is that there is literally something for everyone on in the Science and Industry Museum. We were lucky enough to spend some time in ‘Power Up,’ another temporary exhibition where families and adults alike played on games consoles from across the ages; to be honest we really could have spent the whole day there if it had been up to the boys!
The Sun exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum itself is a multisensory feast. From feeling the warmth on the indoor beach to making the sun rise and set across the globe on an interactive feature, every corner entices and engages people of all ages. Easily bored by walk around exhibitions, my 8-year-old was genuinely fascinated by the sun dials, (a relatively minor feature) which are cleverly linked to interactive question screens and my daughter equally so in making a sun reactive bracelet. We sat for what felt like forever simply gazing at the stunning beauty of a close up of our nearest star and had a livelier discussion than you’d expect about the possibilities of a horse dragging the sun to rise and fall with our younger explorers!
The Sun Exhibit runs until the 5th of January but there really is no better time to visit as the summer of fun gets going with a range of events taking place across the holidays. Expect to see wonderful performers (who we were lucky enough to meet) and a range of events and additions including a sun playground which certainly sounds like fun!
As we rounded up our troops my friend summed up the museum, saying, “There’s so much going on I feel like I’m constantly seeing something but might be missing out!” We’ll certainly be revisiting, not least to take part in all the bits we didn’t get chance to have a go at this weekend.
The Science and Industry Museum itself is free to enter; The Sun exhibition £8 adults and £6 concessions with children attending free when accompanied by a full paying adult. Power up runs until the 1st September and is charged as follows: 90-minute sessions: £7 Half-day sessions: £12 (daily at 10.15 and 13.45) whilst Adult-only sessions are available at £12 (24 July, and 7 and 21 August between 19.00–21.30.)
All of the events are pre bookable online and I’d certainly recommend this, at least for powerup as I imagine in it’s short stay it will be incredibly popular.