Interactive museums, hands-on science discovery centres and art galleries suitable for families with children in Manchester.
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Astley Cheetham Art Gallery
Regular art workshops for families and schools. Free craft activities.
0161 338 6767
Bolton Library and Museum Services
For a fun family day out and inspiration for all, Bolton’s Museums and Libraries are the place to go.
Bolton Steam Museum
Mornington Road, off Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 4EU
30 old stationary steam engines restored and running in steam on our occasional steaming days. For current steaming days see our website or phone, as the Museum is normally closed at other times. Admission is free, with free on-site parking on Morrison’s Supermarket car park.
Central Art Gallery
Family friendly gallery with holiday workshops.
0161 342 2650
18th century mansion including Victorian servants “below stairs”. Ghosts! Sawmill. Gardens & extensive picnic lawns. Boredom Busters during school holidays. Free children’s quizzes/trails. Cycling for under fives.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
Halifax, West Yorkshire
A magical place where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play. Discover the world around you through 100s of hands-on exhibits.
Greater Manchester’s Museum of Transport
Nearly ninety historical vehicles, of which a large proportion are buses and also the prototype for Metrolink trams.
0161 205 2122
Imperial War Museum North
Focuses on how war shapes lives. Frequent family friendly events and activities.
0161 836 4000
Jodrell Bank with its famous huge white telescope is one of the best places to take kids for a science-themed day out. The interactive exhibits are very child-friendly with lots of opportunities to turn dials and push buttons. During school holidays there are additional activities including science shows and sessions aimed at the under 7s. Outdoors there are 35 acres of gardens including outdoor exhibits, play area and a trail. The cafe has a great view of the Lovell Telescope.
Manchester Art Gallery
Fine and decorative art. Interactive Gallery for children 5 – 12 years old featuring real artworks and hands-on activities. Monthly family art club for accompanied 6-11 year olds. Workshops for babies and young children.
0161 235 8888
Manchester Astronomical Society Godlee Observatory
Observatory. Offers school tours and some events.
Egyptology, science for life gallery, mammals, birds and live animals, collections of fossils and minerals. Kids’ workshops and activity sessions. Monthly “Big Saturdays” family activity days. Monthly under 5s sessions with storytelling, art & crafts.
0161 275 2634
Manchester United Museum & Tour
Blending historical exhibits with state-of-the-art interactive experiences, the Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour brings the remarkable legend to life like never before and takes you behind the scenes of one of the world’s most famous football stadiums.
0161 868 8000
Museum of Science and Industry
MOSI is open daily and is free! It tells the story of the history, science and industry of Manchester – the world’s first industrial city. The permanent exhibit has lots of interactive hands-on activities kids will enjoy. Stare into the infinity mirror, make your own tornado, watch bubbles rise through giant coloured columns and much more. There are science shows and frequent activities for children at weekends and school holidays.
Museum of the Manchester Regiment
The Museum tells the story of the Manchester Regiment soldiers through the objects they left behind including uniforms, equipment, weaponry, souvenirs and medals. Art activities and family workshops in the holidays.
Close until summer 2016 for refurbishment.
National Football Museum
The biggest and best football museum in the world.
0161 605 8200
Park Bridge Heritage Centre
Medlock Valley, Ashton under Lyne
Restored remains of industrial buildings & railway lines. Includes Stables Tea Room.
0161 330 9613
Portland Basin Museum
Ashton under Lyne
Restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse. Trails and activities for children. Picnic tables. Canal boat trips.
0161 343 2878
The Hat Works
Special exhibitions, children’s events, craft workshops in holidays and special family activities. Children’s tours (booking essential).
0161 355 7770
Leading arts and cultural centre in the North West. Theatres, galleries and frequent family activities. Many family friendly shows. Lots of free family activities including art workshops and theatre workshops. “Saturday Playhouse” Art workshops most Saturdays. Regular dance drama & craft sessions for under 5s and school age children.
The People’s History Museum
Museum dedicated to the ‘extraordinary story of ordinary people’, offering a new look at the lives of working people over the last 200 years.
0161 839 6061
Arts and Heritage Centre with lots of family activities. Free entry to the museum and art galleries. School holiday events. Cafe