Museum of Science & Industry
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Lonely Planet review
The city's largest museum comprises 2.8 hectares in the heart of 19th-century industrial Manchester. It's in the landscape of enormous, weather-stained brick buildings and rusting cast-iron relics of canals, viaducts, bridges, warehouses and market buildings that makes up Castlefield, now deemed an 'urban heritage park'.
If there's anything you want to know about the Industrial (and post-Industrial) Revolution and Manchester's key role in it, you'll find the answers among the collection of steam engines and locomotives, factory machinery from the mills, and the excellent exhibition telling the story of Manchester from the sewers up.
It's an all-ages kind of museum, but the emphasis is on making sure the young 'uns don't get bored - they could easily spend a whole day poking about the place, testing early electric-shock machines here and trying out a printing press there. A unifying theme (besides the fact that science and industry were pretty handy for the development of society) is that Manchester and Mancunians were key to most industrial developments: did you know that Manchester was home to the world's first computer (a giant contraption called 'the baby'), in 1948, or that the world's first submarine was built to the designs of local curate Reverend George Garrett, in 1880? Nope, neither did we.