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5 activities to get stuck into at the Science and Industry Museum this October half term

Free tickets for all half term events are now available to book.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 6th October 2021

October half term is just around the corner, and there’s plenty of “science-filled fun and discovery” to get stuck into at one of Manchester’s most-popular attractions.

From a taking a journey around the human body, and discovering the birth of computing, to exploring thunderous cotton spinning machines, the origins of the Madchester music scene and more, there’s something for everyone at the Science and Industry Museum this month.

Created especially to mark the opening of the world-first exhibition, Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope, every day between Saturday 23 October to Sunday 31 October, the museum’s team of Explainers will be presenting activities that will bring the body to life at ‘Science Stops’ across the venue – including performing a drinks bottle biopsy, giving fruit and veg an MRI, and getting a closer look at cells with visitors even getting the chance to make their very own model cell badge to take away.

A range of ‘Get Curious’ events across the half term week will also give families the chance to learn more about the body, and meet people working in STEM to ask questions, and have a go at lots of hands-on activities.

There’s something for everyone at the Science and Industry Museum this month / Credit: Science and Industry Museum

On Tuesday 26 October, visitors can take part in experiments with the museum’s STEM Ambassadors to help young people get excited about future studies or careers in the industry, and then on Wednesday 27 October, PHD students from Manchester Metropolitan University will lead a bunch of workshops all about how blood is pumped around our body and more.


The museum’s historic textiles machinery demonstrations are also back at the weekend and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, showing the machines that made Manchester and how cotton kickstarted the Industrial Revolution, alongside the welcome return of the ‘Revolution Manchester’ show, shining a spotlight on the Mancunian ideas that changed the world.

For older families, there are also two unmissable major exhibitions happening at the museum dedicated to medicine and music.


As mentioned, the brand-new headline exhibition Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope – which has been created with support from expert partner Cancer Research UK, and is suitable for children eight years and over – is the first major, object-rich exhibition to explore the revolution in science transforming cancer care.

And if you haven’t had the chance to already, you can use this upcoming half term week as a chance to immerse yourself in the history of the iconic Manchester music label, Factory Records, in the Use Hearing Protection: The early years of Factory Records exhibition – which unearths the story of the company’s formative years from 1978 to 1982, and how their innovative work in music, technology, and design gave Manchester an authentic voice and distinctive identity.

Free tickets for all half term events are now available to book / Credit: Science and Industry Museum

As the Science and Industry Museum is currently going through a multi-million pound restoration, this means that some areas of the venue – including the Power Hall – will remain closed to the public during half term.


Free tickets for all half term events are now available to book via the Science and Industry Museum website ahead of your visit.

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