Gas Gallery

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 entrance area, were brighter than oil lamps and made the streets safer. You can walk through the recreated retort house of a town gasworks. Find out how gas cookers and heaters have changed over the years. One of the exhibits that might surprise you is a gas hair dryer used in a Blackpool hairdressing salon. Our gas showroom shows you the choice and cost of appliances that were available in the 1920s. Meet an 'intelligent pig', a remote-controlled device for checking the pipelines that bring North Sea gas to land. The discovery of natural gas under the North Sea in the 1960s gave us the cleaner, cheaper gas that we use today.

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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...

Underground Manchester Gallery

Permanent exhibition

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...

Revolution Manchester Gallery

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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...

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