The new year is set to be an exciting one for the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, with a jam-packed schedule of major new exhibitions, festivals, updates to the galleries and activities. 


Below are the listings for 2022, with more details to come throughout the new year… 

  • Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope exhibition 

January – 27th March 2022, Special Exhibitions Gallery 

The Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope exhibition was created by the Science Museum Group, with support from expert partner Cancer Research UK. The world-first free exhibition explores the revolution in science that is transforming cancer care – uncovering the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated at the brand-new world-first exhibition. 


Through seldom and never-before seen objects and stories, cutting edge treatment and research, reflection, new artist commissions and installations, film, photography, interactive exhibits and a breadth of personal stories – the exhibition presents the stories of people affected by cancer, together with those who study and treat it.  



From busting myths about the causes of cancer, to revealing it even affected dinosaurs millions of years ago, and how everything from virtual reality to 3D printing, early detection technologies and immunotherapies are advancing cancer care today – it shows just how far we have come. 

  • Amazônia 

From Summer 2022, Special Exhibitions Gallery 

Sebastião Salgado, winner of the 2021 Praemium Imperiale award for painting, presents Amazônia, a breath-taking photography exhibition that celebrates the indigenous peoples and varied landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest.  


For seven years, Salgado worked with twelve different indigenous communities to create this magnificent photography exhibition. The result is over 200 powerful black-and-white photographs that uncover Salgado’s vision of the Amazon when the forest is approaching a crucial tipping point in the fight against climate change.  

Delve into stunning portraits of indigenous leaders and their communities, dramatic landscapes taken from intrepid river boat journeys and sweeping aerial shots of the immense waterfalls and stormy skies. Feel immersed in the Amazon rainforest throughout this exhibition by the accompanying soundtrack by renowned composer Jean-Michel Jarre.  

Amazôniais part of an international exhibition tour that began at the Philharmonie in Paris and includes the MAXXI in Rome, SESC in Sao Paulo, the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro and the Science Museum in London.  

  • The Musical Mind exhibition 

From October 2022, Special Exhibitions Gallery 

A major new exhibition exploring the science of music’s mysterious hold over us and how it drives us to create, perform, feel and share.    

Prepare to get hands on, with your ears and hearts open. Immerse yourself in music that is forged where creativity and human ingenuity collide and interact with extraordinary, unfamiliar and playful musical instruments and performances, created to explore the science of music and to push the boundaries of what’s musically possible.  

Musical Mind will showcase new music-making opportunities that science and technology have unlocked and the fresh perspectives they are revealing about how music affects our bodies and minds. Through incredible and intriguing objects, musical commissions and interactive experiences, discover how technological advancements continue to push the limits of music and to make playing music more accessible for everyone. This riotous, hands-on experience will encourage us all to feel, to remember and to reflect on what music means to us and the lives of others.   

The Musical Mind is the headline exhibition for Manchester Science Festival, premiering at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester before a national and international tour.  

  • Manchester Science Festival 

21-30 October 2022 

The biennial Manchester Science Festival, a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar and one of the most popular science festivals in the UK will be back with a bang in October 2022. Produced by the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester Science Festival 2022 will be exploring what makes us human and asking the question – what might the future hold for humankind?  

  • Experiment Gallery updates 

Ready Spring 2022 

The Experiment Gallery is having a revamp to create a fresher, livelier space with even more interactivity and improved accessibility for visitors.  

Look forward to new additions to the Gallery – including a thermal image camera, large-scale shadow box, a buzz wire game and a collaborative ball run wall.  

Revolution in progress throughout 2022.


During 2022 there will be ongoing work throughout the Science and Industry Museum as improvements to multiple areas take place. 

Through a multi-million pound restoration programme, we’re revealing inspirational new spaces and perspectives for all to enjoy, play and learn in. This includes carrying out crucial work to restore and tell the stories of the historic listed Power Hall, 1830 Station and Warehouse; building awe-inspiring new indoor and outdoor experiences for families; bringing to life the story of the revolutionary railway; using our collections to create new galleries revealing the wonder of how Manchester’s past and present continues to shape the modern world; and decarbonising our site. 

The Revolution Manchester Gallery will also be going through changes to ensure it brings to life highlights from 250 years of ideas and innovations developed by people on this site and in this city that have changed the world and continue to shape our lives.  

For more information about what is on at the museum and to book tickets in advance, visit the museum’s website ( or call 033 0058 0058.