Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry


Manchester Museum, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Family day out in Manchester

























Last weekend we were planning to go to Nickelodeon Land in Blackpool, unfortunately the weather couldn't make up it's mind and has been changing every 15 minutes. To play safe, we decided to go to Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) instead.

The last time we went, which was about a year ago, they were renovating the most interesting parts of the museum, including the Experience floor, which was what we were most interested in for Abby's sake. It was still nice to go around different parts of the museum, especially Textiles. Hubby of course preferred the transport section. Now that all the fences and redirection signs were gone, the museum had a completely different feel.


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This year we made sure that we visit the Experience floor, so we headed straight for the Great Western Warehouse building. They were holding a Mini Makers Faire as well so there was even more to explore.

We first took a picture of ourselves near the reception to have it shown on the multiple TV screen in the middle of the building. Can you spot our family picture? It's free and you can keep the card that gives you access to the picture at home too!


Manchester Museum, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Family day out in Manchester






Part of the Mini Maker Faire, we found a corner where they let the kids make their own rocket, which can then be placed on a tube with a pump attached. They get to pump the air in themselves to shoot the rockets up!


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There were 2 giant games as well for the kids and family to play, unfortunately Abby was too short!


Manchester Museum, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Family day out in Manchester




















We had a quick look around the Ground floor and decided to move on to the First floor where the Experience section was.


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The Experience floor was fun with lots of things to learn, although it would be even nicer if they can use up the above space as well with more experiments to do, like those from Nina and the Neurons show. Unless that's in another building that we didn't know about?


Manchester Museum, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Family day out in Manchester

Manchester Museum, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Family day out in Manchester




















Their puzzles section was the most popular one. You can see families hogging over a particular puzzle, while other kids just barge in even if you've waited for very long just to give it a try.


Manchester Museum, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Family day out in Manchester


Manchester Museum, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Family day out in Manchester

Manchester Museum, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Family day out in Manchester

























Nonetheless, there is still much to experience, for example, Abby found out that she could lift a Mini car easily by turning a handle, while Clay left his feet and bum print all over the Fibre Optic table, which shows you how light travels through. I was mesmerised by the dome that represents planets, showing how liquid (eg sea) moves in them. 

The best experience we all loved was the one that creates a 3D ghost image of yourself when you put your hand in the middle of the shiny black dome. It's really like another hand touching yours, or in Abby's case, another growling Abby crawling out from the dome trying to have a cat fight with her.


Manchester Museum, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Family day out in Manchester

Manchester Museum, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Family day out in Manchester




















We had lunch in the restaurant that's on the same floor, but we went there a bit too late and most of the food were packed away. We chose a children selection for Abby, which allows you to pick 5 items for £3.95, including sandwiches, drinks, muffins, fruits, dried mix fruits and mini cheese crackers. 

Me and hubby each bought a £5.95 lunch that included a main (cold dish) plus a selection of their salads. We chose their marinated roast chicken breast, which was delicious although a bit dry and hard (can't expect much from a suppose to be cold dish though). Out of the 5 salads I only liked the runner beans salad and marinated tomato slices. The others were seasoned nicely too but just not to my liking. For a vegetarian, I think the salad choices were great, each with a different dressing, but I'm just not a vegetarian and I felt tired eating the salad as well as unsatisfied. Good that there was chicken!

I also treated myself to a walnut and almond cake. Of course there had to be cake! It was not bad, I should have bought a cup of tea to go with it though.

A quick visit to the gift shop and a few shouts of 'Excuse me!' to get passed the ignorant crowd ended our trip to the MOSI. It was a short visit but the kids had their share of fun and that's all it counts.