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.
Fab Lab Manchester
Open to all. Where you can make almost anything. From crafts to electronics, clothes to jewellery. Free entry on Fridays and Saturdays.
0161 205 0070
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
Science centre with cafe. There are interactive exhibits, 35 acres of gardens including play area and a planet path trail.
01477 571 766
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
Tells the story of the history, science and industry of Manchester – the world’s first industrial city. Frequent activities and workshops for children at weekends.
0161 606 0156
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
Theatres, galleries and frequent family activities. 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.
0870 787 5793
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