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Hire our new event space: Special Exhibitions Gallery!

Our spectacular new Special Exhibitions Gallery is complete and ready to host events for the very first time!

Built in 1882, the 725 square metre space was originally built to provide storage for the Great Western Railway. The lower ground floor of the museum’s grade II listed New Warehouse has since been transformed into a flexible gallery and will be opening this Spring. It will be the first time this striking historical space has been open to the public and available for hire.

Special Exhibitions Gallery

The gallery will be able to accommodate up to 100 guests and will be the perfect space for pre-dinner drink receptions or post-conference drinks. Guests will be able to explore some of the world’s best science exhibitions, which will be originated and hosted in the gallery, whilst enjoying the grand industrial space.

The Special Exhibitions Gallery will be available to hire independently, or in conjunction with another gallery suitable for seated dining.

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Marie Claire Galea, Event Sales Manager at the Science and Industry Museum, says: “It is an exciting time at the Science and Industry Museum and we are delighted to be able to offer guests the chance to hold their event in this part of the museums historically significant site. The Special Exhibitions Gallery is perfect for pre-dinner receptions and can be hired in conjunction with another gallery for seated dining.”

“Guests can enter the gallery in the fully accessible lower courtyard, beneath the stunning 1867 viaduct.”

Special Exhibitions Gallery

The £5 million Special Exhibitions Gallery is being generously funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Wellcome and Garfield Weston Foundation, with further support from the Kirby Laing Foundation and The Zochonis Charitable Trust.

The museum remains temporarily closed and will re-open its doors when it is safe to do so in the coming weeks. The inaugural exhibition hosted in the new Special Exhibitions Gallery will be Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security, curated by the Science Museum Group with the help of expert advisors GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence and cyber agency.

Special Exhibitions Gallery

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