Underground Manchester Gallery

Go underground to find out why clean water and effective sewerage were vital to public health and Manchester's development. Located in the cellars of the Station Building, this gallery tells the story of Manchester's water supply and sanitation from Roman times to the present day. Outside the Station Building, look out for the massive valve that controlled water flow along the Thirlmere Aqueduct, which still brings water to Manchester from the Lake District. Walk through a Victorian sewer, built using original bricks from a Manchester sewer of the late 1830s. Explore the history of the toilet through exhibits including a real Victorian privy (earth closet) and a tippler toilet featuring an unusual flushing system. A recreation of the laundry at Moss Street Public Baths, Bolton, takes you back to the age of steam laundry.

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Exhibitions and events


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Stare into the mirror of infinity, spin the turbulence zone, or watch  your own skeleton ride a bike. Some of the most amazing facts about science in everyday life are explained in this fascinating...

Revolution Manchester Gallery

Permanent exhibition

MOSI's newest gallery opened to the public on 29 January 2011. This gallery serves as an introduction to MOSI's subject themes, galleries and collections - and also highlights other heritage venues...

The Making of Manchester Gallery

Permanent exhibition

Relive the Peterloo Massacre and explore other major events in Manchester’s history in this gallery. The Making of Manchester tells the story of Manchester from Roman Times to the present...

Gas Gallery

Permanent exhibition

Trace the story of gas supply and discover how coal was turned into gas. Built in 1817, Manchester's first gasworks stood on nearby Water Street. Gas street lamps, like those lighting the Gas Gallery...

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