Sunday, 17 April 2011

A visit to MOSI

Last week we did something that we haven't done for a while, tagged along with Dad for the day! He was working near Manchester so we decided to go with him and go to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). We got there just after 10am and were literally astounded by the sheer size of the place, its gargantuan! There were 5 buildings to get around and we had about 4 hours before we picked dad back up, so lots to fit in. First up was the 'Revolution Gallery' which was opened in January this year. The children first got to have their photo captured and displayed on the huge digital sculpture! Then we moved on quickly to 'Experiment gallery' there was so much to try and touch and have a go at, the children ran around having a go at everything so here are lots of photo's of my children on lots of different experiments.......

 I liked this one, you had to cycle the bike and then you could see the skeleton through the secret window. Ruben's legs wouldn't quite reach though so he was a little upset.

 Piper loved this musical experiment called 'Percussion Pipes' perfect for Piper!
 Lots of building things going on here......

 This was especially fun! A yellow Mini that you had to lift up using special gears!
 The kids pretending to wait for a train on the platform of the 'oldest surviving passenger railway station in the world'.

 Having a look in the booking halls before we went to the 'Underground Manchester' tour, which was in the cellars of this building. It was a Victorian sewer and had lots of things to see such as the history of the toilet!!

 It was quite dark down here, so Piper didn't really enjoy it very much but the others loved it. I thought it was a bit smelly, so goodness knows what it would have been really like in the sewers of Manchester. But that was part of the whole theme, that you really got to experience what it would have been like down there. We even passed a few (fake) rats.
 This exhibit in the sewers was very good though as it explained lots about recycling and landfills.
 This room, that the children are looking at was made using all recycled materials, which just goes to show that you don't have to buy everything new.

 All wanting a go at this game!
 In the gas chamber exhibit, which unsurprisingly, smelt like gas!!

 The boys really enjoyed watching this video all about how gas is mined from underneath the sea bed.

 Always a favourite with the children! Trying to get it round the bendy wire without setting the buzzer off!

 The control room for one of the huge boiler's! Too many buttons, too little time!
The water wheel was very fascinating too. Well we got around all five buildings but I'm sure we missed lots of parts because we were all so tired towards the end! It was a brilliant museum though and definitely worth another visit in the near future. I would love to go in May when the Lego show is on. Maybe........


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  2. Thank you for dropping by, commenting and following my blog!! I'm excited to meet you.

    This place looks amazing. I'd want to go back for the Lego show as well.

  3. Wow! This place looks amazing - oddly enough this is the second blog post -of the ones that I follow - have spent time here over the past week. I must plan a road trip (or more like train ride) very soon. :-) S X

  4. Thanks Bona Fida Mama. Going to try and catch the Lego show but we are camping that weekend so we might not make it across to Manchester too.

    Zoe x

  5. Hi Sharon,

    Yes you must go it was a really excellent museum and definitely worth a visit. How exciting to go on the train too!

    Zoe x