Mosey on down to MOSI

Musem Science and Industry Manchester

I haven’t been to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester since I was about 11 and my, has it changed! The big shed full of places and engines is still there, but now there are four buildings in total full to the brim of exhibitions.

Since then it has also undergone some re-branding and transformed into the Museum of Science and Industry – but shortened to MOSI. There was something about the long original version that sounded British, Northern and down to earth. I have to admit that MOSI sounds all American, and well a bit posey (or should that be POSI, haha?). But I am a busy girl, and who has time to say Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester – MOSI will do me fine.

Museum of Sciencs and Industry

In the spirit of this blog, the important thing is that it’s FREE! And good value for (no) money it is too. The site of the museum used to be Liverpool Road Station, one the oldest passenger railways in the world. According to the lazy Googler’s bible, Wikipedia, the station opened in 1830, and was a passenger railway for just 14 years when it was used for industry for goods coming in from Liverpool before closed down in 1975.

We were there for about two hours but still only saw three of the buildings – and then I was all museum-ed out and thinking about cocktails. I don’t think that anyone could possibly see all the exhibitions in one day – so I wouldn’t recommend trying to do so.
MOSI museum science and industry

We started in the Air and Space Shed, which was full of planes, cars and engines. Moving on to the next building, we saw an exhibition about cotton and the part it played in Manchester’s development. This history is really important to remember, and is always fascinating to me to find out how people lived.

My house was built in 1891, and I’d love to see how it was then and who lived there. I think my life is hard now because I can’t afford loads of things, but people then really did have tough lives. Can you even imagine having to walk to the end of the street to go to the toilet – yuk!

Moving onto the 1860 Warehouse, we saw Underground Manchester, which was all about the Victorian sewer system, and included descriptions of how people pooed and weed in the olden days – great for kids.

Upstairs there was another exhibition called Little Italy which I’ve read about and was looking forward to seeing. Ancoats used to be known as Little Italy because of the large influx of Italian immigrants from the mid-1800s. With them they brought their ice-cream making experience, where some families still make ice cream today. Think they should bring some samples in for visitors though!

MOSI was a fun day out, and was full of people of all ages – so if you’ve not been since you were a kid, give it a go.

WHERE: Liverpool Road, Castlefield Manchester M3 4FP
WHEN:MOSI is open seven days a week from 10am-5pm.
HOW: Entry to the permanent galleries is free.
www.msim.org.uk

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