WATCH: This is why a visit to National Museums Liverpool is a must this Summer

With 7 free to enter museums and galleries across Merseyside, National Museums Liverpool will ignite your imagination this summer.


When it comes to fun, educational and unforgettable days out in Liverpool, a visit to museum is a must. National Museums Liverpool offers visitors and locals alike an opportunity to see, hear and explore galaxies, the world around us and our fascinating history in incredible details.

Watch above as we go on a tour of National Museums Liverpool to see what’s on offer this summer.

National Museums Liverpool is made up of World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Museum of Liverpool, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool Maritime Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House.

Creatures from the deep, ancient Egyptian mummies, priceless works of art and world famous relics from our maritime past are just part of the awe-inspiring permanent exhibitions on offer this summer. Gone are the days of stuffy old ‘do not touch signs’ National Museums Liverpool also encourages visitors to get hands-on.

With exciting interactive, craft and story-telling activities on offer every week, the past, present and future exhibitions will inspire the next generation to explore.


Here are 10 reasons to visit a National Museums Liverpool venue this summer….

1 – Free Entry

All 7 of the National Museums Liverpool venues are free to enter. Not only that, the majority of exhibitions and attractions are also free. Hands-on, interactive and educational fun which is accessible for all. See what ticketed events are planned for the coming months, here.

2 – Our Liverpool

Whether you’re scouse born and bred or visiting the city for a day, a visit to Museum of Liverpool is a must. Learn things about our incredible city you never knew you never knew. From our vibrant LGBT+ and Chinese communities to religious influences, memories from the 60’s and a collection of shocking images and personal stories that show how the Blitz devastated large parts of the city. See what’s on now at World Museum, here.

3 – Double Fantasy

The story of Liverpool’s most famous couple, John and Yoko, has been immortalised in a fascinating exhibition at World Museum. Double Fantasy tells the story of how John & Yoko’s union influenced the world. Some incredible artefacts to be seen. More here.

4 – Costume at Sudley House

National Museums Liverpool’s Sudley House is the former home of a Victorian merchant and remains filled with beautiful period furniture and fascinating art. Nestled in the leafy suburb of Aigburth, Sudley House is also home to the Costume Room which features historical clothing from the 1700’s to the present day. Take a wander and enjoy tea and cakes in the tea room afterwards. Info here.

5 – Rembrandt in Print

You can getup close to the artwork of one of the greatest artists of all time at the Lady Lever Art Gallery this summer. Dutch master, Rembrandt is celebrated with 350 prints – brought together for the first time to mark the 350th anniversary of his death. Rembrandt in Print runs until 15th September. More here.

6 – Astronomy Photographer of the Year

World Museum is currently hosting a breath-taking exhibition of stars. Astronomy Photographer of the Year is a collection of photographs from around the world, courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich. You can’t failed to be absolutely awe-struck by these incredible images, some taken by children as young as 11! Free to enter and on until 1st September. More here.

7 – Titanic & Liverpool, The Untold Story

Liverpool’s affinity with Titanic is unrivalled. The ill-fated Cunard liner’s spiritual home holds many poignant links and the Titanic exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum is a must-see. With incredible artefacts, personal accounts, art work and amazing facts, you’ll learn all the stories that Hollywood missed out. More info here.

8 – Ancient Egypt

World Museum’s permanent Ancient Egypt exhibition is a real jewel in the National Museums Liverpool’s crown. Hailed as one of the UK’s most significant collections, The Mummy Room features 9 mummies, including 4 which haven’t been seen since the museum Blitz in 1941. There are 1,000 key objects including Djed-hor’s Book of the Dead, a brightly painted coffin from 8th century Thebes. Travel back in time and find out more here.

Seized The Border and Customs Uncovered at Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Images by Gareth Jones

9 – Seized

Seized at Merseyside Maritime Museum takes you to the fascinating world of the Customs Office and Border Force. Smuggling and the art of deception are all explored in this interactive exhibition and this summer you can also meet the amazing Border Force Sniffer Dogs too. More info here.

10 – Autumn Exhibitions

There’s still so much more to come across National Museums Liverpool in 2019. The Walker Art Gallery is set to welcome ‘An English Lady’s Wardrobe’ which explores shopping and style in Liverpool during the interwar years. World Museum is gearing up to host Taki Katei’s Japan, Drawing on Nature – a rare archive of exquisite drawings which have never been outside Japan before. More information and tickets here.


To book tickets and find out more information about what’s on across all 8 National Museums and Galleries Liverpool, head to www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk and follow @NML_Muse on Twitter for updates. 

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