Planning this post in my head was difficult and I questioned whether or not to write it, because MOSI wasn’t particularly suited to us at this point.
There wasn’t anything particularly bad about it, but it was more focused for adults and older children, rather than inquisitive toddlers. And that is not a bad thing, it just doesn’t fit in with us at this time!!!
So, quickly going through the downsides, they include poor signage, the museum being in 4 separate buildings and the exhibits not being particularly hands-on. Also, parking is a problem as street parking outside is only for 2 hours and probably won’t be long enough (which is a good thing as there is plenty to see!)
Now that I have got that out of my system, I can talk about the positives from a toddlers perspective. There is a brilliant exhibit next to the restaurant which is hands-on and practical and lots of fun for young and old alike. It is full of little puzzles, interactive science experiments and various other bits and pieces like that.
While the little ones will enjoy playing, it is possible to explain the science as well behind it all which is what going to the museum is all about. Our favourite was the experiment dropping the ball into the different surfaces and predicting how high they would bounce. (It is quite dark in there, so pictures are not easy to take!)
In terms of the other good aspects of MOSI, the cafe serves excellent pizza and the gift shop is to die for – I could have spent all day in there!! While it was not particularly for toddlers, we did spend 3 hours in there so it certainly wasn’t a wasted trip!
For toddlers, MOSI isn’t in the same league as the National Media Museum or the Railway Museum – and it isn’t supposed to be. The focus is on industry, which isn’t as exciting for toddlers as opposed to science and things going “bang” or “pop”!!!
However, there is a place in the world for MOSI, especially if your child is learning about local (to Manchester) history or the Industrial Revolution. We are not in that place yet, but when we are, we know that we’ll be able to get a lot of knowledge out of our visit there.
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