One of Manchester’s favourite museums is calling on anyone curious about the incredible inner workings of the human body to join a month-long medley of anatomy-themed special events, star-studded appearances and half-term transformations.

The Science and Industry Museum is celebrating its world-premiere exhibition, Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You, which takes visitors on a lively journey through the digestive system, by dedicating the month of May to investigating our insides and celebrating the remarkable ways our bodies work.

The launch of ‘Operation Ouch’ Exhibition at the Science & Industry Museum, Manchester – 18th July 2023

The exhibition will close on Sunday 9 June, going out in a blaze of glorious grossness by inspiring all the upcoming ‘brilliant bodies’ events.

Free Brilliant Bodies Bank Holiday Weekender: Saturday 4 – Monday 6 May

The month-long bodies bonanza will kick off with a free ‘brilliant bodies bank holiday weekend’ taking place on Saturday 4 – Monday 6 May. From Bollywood to beatboxing and handstands to hula hoops, visitors should prepare to be wowed by people who have trained their bodies to do amazing things.

On Saturday 4 May, The Circus House will be bringing all the fun of the fair to the Science and Industry Museum by demonstrating the incredible things we can train our bodies to do. Through a series of spectacular performances and drop-in sessions, visitors will be wowed by circus skills before giving them a try for themselves.

Sunday will welcome composer, actor and director, Faz Shah, to demonstrate all the ways the human body can create beautiful sounds by showcasing his pop-tastic violin jams before leading beatboxing sessions that give participants the opportunity to try out what their own chords are capable of. Professional Hula Hoop performer, Natasha Moonshine, will also be wowing crowds with her impressive performances before supporting them to give hula hooping a whirl themselves during interactive workshops.

Monday will see modern Bollywood Dance Academy, Aimz Bolly Dance, performing spectacular routines and teaching some of their most iconic moves to visitors.

See stars of children’s TV in action: Saturday 18 May and Saturday 25 May

During May, visitors will also get two opportunities to meet stars of BBC Children’s TV during VIP visits. Dr Chris Van Tulleken will be at the museum on Saturday 18 May, and Dr Ronx Ikharia will visit on Saturday 25. They are two-thirds of the Operation Ouch TV show presenting trio and have provided unique inspiration for the museum’s exhibition.

During each appearance, visitors voyaging through the exhibition will have the opportunity to snap a selfie with the Doctors. Audiences will also see Chris and Ronx in action when they each take to the stage to answer some of the public’s most probing poo-related questions during live Q&As.

Tickets to grab a photo with the doctors in the exhibition will be available to book online from Tuesday 30 April. All tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £9 children, senior and concessions, with children aged three and under going free. The Q&A with the doctors will be available to enjoy as part of a free museum visit, all that’s needed is a general museum admission ticket.

Operation Ouch, Food Poo and You is open every day from now until 9 June.

May Half term: Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June

 The brilliant bodies month will culminate in a medical themed May half term. From 25 May – 2 June, visitors can bring along their cuddly friends to the museum as it transforms into a teddy hospital, uncovering more about the fascinating inner workings of the human body. Budding doctors and nurses can visit the departments of Heads, Hearts, Bones and Bottoms and learn how to keep whole bodies healthy with playful and engaging activities for all ages.


Dr. Chris, Dr. Xand & Dr. Ronx visit ‘Operation Ouch’ Exhibition at the Science & Industry Museum, Manchester [Press Shoot] – 18th July 2023

As well as all the special events, a host of body-themed activities will be available to enjoy on gallery each weekend of May. These include interactive activities where the museum’s expert Explainers ‘spill their guts’ for visitors as they explore the contents of a ‘gut bag’ to understand more about the digestive system.

Rebecca Gazey-McGaughey, Schools and Families Manager at the Science and Industry Museum, said: “We’re so excited to be dedicating a whole month of exciting activities to celebrating our brilliant bodies!

“Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You is the museum’s most epic experiment that encourages visitors to leave their inhibitions at the door as they investigate some of our funniest inner workings. We’ve been inspired by this to create our month-long programme of interactive, anatomy-themed activities. Visit us during May to discover what your incredible body is capable of and get hands on with the science inside us all!”

Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You is the Science and Industry Museum’s most popular special exhibition to date. Ahead of it closing on 9 June, visitors can join the 80,000 people who have already taken part in the epic adventure and visit the exhibition for a final time.

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