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Museum of Science and Industry
The museum tells the story of the history, science and industry of Manchester - the world's first industrial city. During the conference, the museum is hosting a special exhibition MarsQuest (there is a charge for this exhibition), providing information about the red planet, along with interactive exhibitions.
URBIS explores Urban culture and the cities of today and tomorrow through four floors of exhibitions about city life. Entry to level one is between £3 and £5 per person, levels 2,3 and 4 are free. During the conference, the level one exhibition will focus on the Little Black Dress, featuring some of the world’s most famous fashions designers versions of this ultimate style item.
Manchester United Football Club
Old Trafford is the home of one of the world’s most famous football clubs, Manchester United. The package includes a tour of Old Trafford, visiting the stands, the dug out and the changing rooms, followed by a visit to the museum. The museum houses the trophy room, containing United’s impressive collection of silverware. You can also see exhibitions about the Munich disaster, Manchester United legends and the roll of honour, amongst other things. The package costs £9.50 and must be pre-booked.
Manchester City Football Club
The Manchester City tour kicks off with a tour of the City of Manchester stadium, built for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. You can visit the players tunnel, dug out and an executive lounge, ending the tour in the Museum, where you can see City memorabilia and watch memorable moments on the City video dukebox. The City tour costs £8.75.
The Trafford Centre is one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Europe. Visitors have the choice of 230 stores along 3 miles of granite and marble boulevards. Stores range from designer and high fashion outlets along Regent Crescent including the first Selfridges outside of London as well as favourite high street names. The Centre's leisure and dining area - The Orient hosts 36 restaurants and fast food eateries. It is also home to the UCI 20 screen cinema - one of the largest in the UK.
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery houses one of the UK's finest art collections in spectacular surroundings. The Gallery has recently benefited from a £35m transformation and has superb visitor facilities and friendly, welcoming staff. Manchester Art Gallery's internationally renowned collection spans six centuries of British and continental fine and decorative art. There are currently around 25,000 items in the collection and over 2,000 of these are on display in the Gallery. The collection has been awarded Designated Status, which marks it as a pre-eminent collection of high quality and importance. Entrance to the museum is free.
The Lowry Centre
Set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays in Greater Manchester, The Lowry is an architectural flagship with a unique and dynamic identity. The Lowry opened on 28th April 2000, bringing together a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one roof. It is one of the most exciting art galleries in Britain, you can explore L S Lowry's life and work in ways that might surprise you and discover something new in our other gallery spaces.
Imperial War Museum
Designed by Daniel Libeskind and situated opposite The Lowry, Imperial War Museum North is built to resemble three shards of a shattered globe. Inside, it houses thousands of objects from a tank to a teddy bear alongside a dynamic audio visual presentation - The Big Picture - shown every hour. Pioneering new display techniques portray our experience of conflicts throughout the 20th century to reflect on how people's lives are shaped by war. During the conference, the IWM will be hosting special exhibitions including Soviet Times: Highlights of the RIA Novosti Archives and Witness: Highlights of First World War Art. Admission to the museum is free.