There are a number of Museums in Manchester, below we list a few of the most popular:
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is a large museum featuring exhibitions and activities on the development of science and technology whilst acknowledging the cities contributions in these areas. The museum is an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage and has won many awards over the years. The museum has so much to offer so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore. The museum has many exhibitions including ?Revolution Manchester? featuring one of the country?s most impressive indoor media walls. You can also explore the museums 4D Theatre complete with moving seats, water spray and air blast. If you are feeling extra daring, you can also visit a Victorian Sewer with full sounds and smells! The MOSI is very family friendly and children under the age of 16 are more than welcome, providing they are accompanied by an adult. The museum is a fairly large site and so it is advisable that you wear comfortable clothing and shoes and for the outside exhibition, bring an umbrella, you are in Manchester! The MOSI has its very own restaurant located on the first floor which is an ideal place for families to sit down and enjoy lunch together. Food and drink are reasonably priced and the restaurant is open 11.00am - 4.00pm with hot meals served daily from 11.30am - 3pm. The museum also hosts a coffee shop on the ground floor where visitors can relax with a hot drink and a cake. Also on the ground floor is the popular museum shop, perfect for purchasing your very own souvenir to remember your visit.
The Imperial War Museum North is a war museum in Greater Manchester and one of five Imperial War Museums nationally. It is recognised nationally for its architecture and has won numerous awards for its exhibitions. The museum hosts a permanent exhibition with chronological displays on the impact of modern conflicts on people and society. It also houses temporary exhibitions on various issues relating to conflict within a separate gallery. Visitors can also climb the Air Shard viewing platform for spectacular views over The Quays and Manchester but Charges of?GBP 1.20 for adults and 60p for concessions apply. The museum does have its own secure car park, with designated parking spaces closer to the entrance for people with disabilities. The museum charges ?4 for parking and has space for 160 cars. The museum has its very own shop on the first floor allowing visitors to purchase their very own piece of war memorabilia. The Imperial War Museum is accessible via the Metrolink Tram located on the Eccles line (disembark at Harbour City). The museum is then just a 10 minute walk from the tram station and well sign-posted.
Generation Pop is a new fascinating and award winning gallery set in the heart of Manchester City Centre. The gallery is Europe?s Leading Animation Art Galley and is authorised by all the major Hollywood studios to retail their ranges of film and animation related art. Generation Pop has been around for over two decades, establishing itself within the New York art scene and boasts clientele of royalty, actors, music and sports celebrities. Manchester is home to Generation Pops first UK gallery and already has established itself as one of the most ?impressive galleries in the North of England?. The gallery hosts special events and exhibitions throughout the year, all of which are free of charge. Most art in the gallery is available to purchase and the gallery has an impressive team of passionate and knowledgeable staff to help you find that special piece of artwork you have always longed for. Collections of art include ?Star Wars?, ?Marvel?, work by the talented artist Paul Oz and a very fine collection of artwork from the British cultural icons, Wallace and Gromit. The Wallace and Gromit collection gives a unique opportunity for foreign visitors to snap up a true piece of British animation history to remember their visit by. Generation Pop gallery hosts various events across the year, featuring artists, directors and actors especially flown in from around the world for the occasion, so before you visit it is worth checking the Generation Pop website to see what celebrities you might just bump into while you?re there!
The CUBE Gallery is located on Portland Street in the city centre of Manchester and is a gallery for architecture and the built environment and is the only purpose built space in the North West for exhibitions and informal learning relating to architecture and the built environment. The CUBE gallery is a dedicated broadcaster of promoting the ideas and issues that make up our built environment. The gallery is a five minute walk from Piccadilly Gardens and is well sign posted. Like most galleries in Manchester, entry is free of charge but feel free to leave a donation if you are impressed with what the CUBE gallery has to offer. It often hosts events and exhibitions which are created by some of the best architectural artists of today. Popular artworks include ?Take Away Garden? which is the art of Manchester based artist Jason Minsky and architect Stefan White and ?Street Training? created by Lottie Child. If modern art and architecture is your style, then a visit to The CUBE Gallery is a must!
Manchester Art Gallery is a newly refurbished world-class art gallery hosting some of the city?s most important fine and decorative art works, which are recognised as being of national importance. The gallery is proud owner of many awards and has a very high, reputable standing for its fantastic audience focused services. Manchester Art Gallery offers various programmes and exhibitions with a collection over six centuries of art up to the present day. The gallery has its very own cafe and adjoining gift shop where art related souvenirs can be purchased. The gallery is very family friendly and makes a perfect day out for you and the children. On the first floor is an interactive gallery which allows children, and parents alike, to explore real works of art through hands-on activities. From dressing up, to spooky tales, you?re sure to have bundles of fun! The gallery also offers a range of free resources for families suitable for children aged three to six. All family resources are available free of charge from the information desk, so don?t be shy, just ask a member of staff and they will get you on your way to a fantastic family orientated day out.
The Lowry is situated just outside of Manchester, but easily accessible via one of the many public transport links the city has to offer. The gallery hosts a range of exhibitions, most notably the permanent collection of art from one of Britain?s favourite artists, LS Lowry. The gallery hosts a huge selection of Lowry artwork which includes over 400 original paintings and drawings which can be fully appreciated in the fantastic openness of the gallery. The Lowry offers talks on LS Lowry everyday at 12pm and 2pm. Every Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm is a family orientated 15 minute talk followed by hands on activities, which should not be missed. The gallery also hosts a range of other exhibitions which change on a regular basis so check the website for a full programme of events on at the Lowry gallery. Entry to the gallery is free but it is requested that visitors make a donation when visiting which will contribute to supporting the conservation and display of the LS Lowry collection. The easiest way to access The Lowry from Manchester City Centre is by Metrolink Tram from Manchester Piccadilly Rail Station or Manchester Victoria Rail Station and boarding the Eccles line and alighting at Harbour City, followed by a 10 minute walk to The Lowry, just follow the signposts and you can?t get lost!