Visitors to one of Manchester’s best-loved tourist destinations can keep benefitting from some much-needed sunshine this winter, as an exhibition dedicated to our solar system’s biggest wonder has been extended.

The Science and Industry Museum has announced that its hottest exhibition, The Sun, will be continuing to ignite visitors’ curiosity until 29 March 2020.

The attraction, which was originally due to close on 5 January following a six-month residency, offers an extensive insight into the earth’s closest star and fuels a human fascination that has been burning for thousands of years.

The Sun is one of the museum’s largest ever temporary exhibitions. Through a network of dedicated rooms, it takes visitors on the journey of mankind’s relationship with the sun and the profound influence it has on how we continue to live and progress.

Visitors are kept entertained with a mix of storytelling, showcasing and interactive learning opportunities that shed light on the star at the centre of our solar system. From a Byzantine sundial calendar to a fusion reactor, and the positive effect of sunlight on wellbeing to the darker world of solar storms, the exhibition offers something to engage people of all ages and interests.

Lewis Pollard, lead curator of the exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum, said: “The sun is, quite literally, at the centre of everyone’s lives, making it an incredibly rich subject for an exhibition and a topic that is intrinsic to every visitor. The exhibition brings together thousands of years of intrigue and innovation to tell the story of our connection with the sun and the enormity of its power.

“We are delighted to have secured the exhibition’s extension. The feedback we’ve received from visitors since it opened in July 2019 has been fantastic, and it’s brilliant that we’re able to give more people the opportunity to experience it for themselves.”

The Sun is supported by Principal Sponsors Bechtel. Visitors have until March to see the exhibition before it relocates to China.

The Science and Industry Museum is currently undergoing multi-million-pound renovation works, which include major repairs to the much-loved Power Hall. A project is also underway to open a new Special Exhibition Gallery in Autumn next year. While these improvement works mean that access to some areas of the museum is restricted, the rest of the site remains open and continues to offer an ongoing programme of special exhibitions, experiences and events.

Listings information
Address: Science and Industry Museum
Liverpool Road
M3 4FP

The Sun
20 July 2019 – 29 March 2020
A joyously fun, visually stunning and utterly fascinating exploration of the awesome power, incredible beauty and dangerous dark side of our nearest star.

Tickets £8 adults/£6 concessions/children under 16 free.


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