'The Sun' at the Science & Industry Museum

Explore everything you ever thought you knew about that big ball of fire in the sky with - The Sun.

By Ben Brown | 5 July 2019

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Not to be confused with the trash newspaper, this new exhibition heads to the Science & Industry Museum this July – providing a joyously fun, visually stunning and utterly fascinating exploration of the awesome power, incredible beauty and dangerous dark side of our nearest star.

From ancient Norse myths to upcoming NASA missions, The Sun is full of remarkable stories and unique objects, and the exhibition looks to explore them all to their fullest (well, as far as you can without setting yourself on fire).

Highlights of the exhibition include interactive activities where visitors can ‘try on’ sunglasses from different eras and cultures, an indoor beach and immersive solar storm plus a prototype fusion reactor and retro posters illustrating how we became a nation of sun worshippers.

Dr Harry Cliff, Lead Curator of the exhibition, said “The fact that the Sun has had such a profound influence on the way we live makes it an incredibly rich subject for an exhibition, crossing huge expanses of time and place. It’s also a subject that is increasingly relevant for the way we live now, from the threat of solar storms to the upcoming space missions that will allow humankind to touch the Sun for the first time.”


The Sun

Venue: Science & Industry Museum
Date: From Saturday 20 July 2019 – 5th January 2020
Cost: £8 adults, £6 concessions. Children go free with a paying adult.

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Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP
0161 832 2244