Did you know about MOSI

September 16th, 2013

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Did you know?… that MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) is:

  • is celebrating 30 years of being open on its current site
  • located on the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station
  • is housed in five listed buildings
  • has welcomed over 12 million visitors since it opened in 1983

On the 15 September 2013 MOSI celebrated its 30th anniversary on its current, historic site.  30 years ago this unique site, which houses the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station and the finest 19th century warehouses in the city – was derelict.  A group of highly motivated individuals worked to save it and set to restore the site so it could house what had been previously called the Northwest Museum of Science and Industry at UMIST.

MOSI 1 5_20_11a 190183 Liverpool road station progress shots REDWhen the museum opened in 1983, it included the Power Hall – which has the largest number of working steam mill engines of any museum in the world, and the historic Station Building.  The rest of the site was redeveloped later.

MOSI tells the story of Manchester as one of the first globalised, industrialised cities in the world and explores where science met industry and the modern world began.

To mark the occasion, MOSI is planning a weekend of celebration on the 14th and 15th  September.  A special programme of events, which includes the Revolution Manchester Show, engine and textile machinery demonstrations, plus the Rainhill trials race game, will create a party atmosphere for all to enjoy – there’ll even be a birthday cake.

As MOSI continues into its 31st year it still has much to look forward to with an exciting and inspiring programme of events, including:

  • Manchester Science Festival
    24 October – 4 November 2013
  • Ice Lab: New architecture and science in Antarctica
    21 October 2013 – 6 January 2014
  • Stand + Stare’s Archive of Everyday Relics
    22 November 2013 – May 2014
  • Open for Business
    16 May – 8 August 2014

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