Manchester is a multi-cultural melting pot and has become one of the coolest and most successful cities in the UK. At the beginning of the industrial revolution Manchester was a small market town. When the first cotton mills were built in the late 1700s the city flourished and continues to do so today. As a result of this rich history Manchester is home to some of the most interesting museums in England.
Here are some of the Museums of Manchester:
Museum of Science and Industry
MOSI is a large space that houses six themed areas: Industry and Innovation, Science and Technology, Energy, Transport, People and Communications. Items in the exhibitions include amazing pieces that range from pre 1900 scientific instruments to pristine examples of hydraulic powered machinery. The museum also has an immense, hidden collection of artefacts that have been used in BBC documentaries and university lectures. Once you've made your way around the whole museum, head to the 4D theatre which screens two fifteen-minute films daily. The museum is open from 10am ' 5pm Monday ' Friday and entry to the museum is free, although they do suggest a ??3 donation.
Greater Manchester Police Museum
Opened in 1981 in a former police station, the Greater Manchester Police Museum is relatively new. The museum includes a tour of the station including the holding cells and an original magistrates' court, and you'll get the chance to see how police uniforms and vehicles have changed over time. The whole experience takes about two hours unless you're there for an event, so perhaps plan in a visit to another nearby museum to make the most of the day. Admission is Free.
Imperial War Museum
IWM North is part of the Imperial War Museum chain that operates across the UK and having been open for only 10 years, this museum boasts a surprisingly comprehensive history of war. At the time of writing, events include an Iraq war tour, a closer look at war art history and the roles animals play in war. As with many of the other museums in Manchester, admission is free. Considering that many of these museums are located quite centrally, it's worth looking into staying somewhere relatively close-by. One suggestion might be the Manchester Ibis, as it's in the perfect location in terms of accessibility.
National Football Museum
Manchester is famously home to two of the world's greatest football teams ' Manchester United and Manchester City. As such, it seems appropriate that the city is also home to the National Football Museum. Take a walk through the hall of fame before heading up through six floors of football heaven where you can try your hand (or foot) at a penalty shootout, examine football fashion through the years and even lift a trophy for yourself. Again admission is completely free.
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