Christmas Events Listings – National Museums Liverpool

nml-logo-100Christmas Events Listings – National Museums Liverpool
December 2010

On The First Day of Christmas – National Museums Liverpool gave to me… During December and over the holiday break National Museums Liverpool is hosting a range of free events and workshops to get visitors in the Christmas spirit.

As well as the Christmas themed fun there will also be the usual programme of events to keep the whole family entertained during the festive break.

Visitors may also take advantage of the gift shops in all our venues. From stocking fillers for little ones to arty books for adults, there’s bound to be a ‘cracking’ gift for everyone on your list.


Lady Lever Art Gallery

Lantern making
Lady Lever Art Gallery
3 December 2010

Join us for this fun family workshop and create your own paper lantern inspired by the magical Port Sunlight parade.

Christmas Tree Decorations
Lady Lever Art Gallery
4 December 2010

Get into the festive spirit and make your own Christmas decoration to hang on your tree.

Dark Nights
Lady Lever Art Gallery
4 December 2010

Create your own night-time themed collage inspired by the Old Master Drawings exhibition.

Precious gift boxes
Lady Lever Art Gallery
22 December 2010

Make a beautiful box to make a small present look even more fabulous. Use some of the patterns in our collection for ideas.

Walker Art Gallery

Winter Warmer
Walker Art Gallery
4 December 2010

Warm up in the Walker and be inspired by Peter Doig’s icy painting Blotter. Have a go at creating your own winter scene using collage materials.

Crafty cards
Walker Art Gallery
11, 12 December

Be inspired by Christmas cards from our decorative arts collection and have a go at making your own.

Big Art Christmas fun
Walker Art Gallery
20, 21, 22, 23 December

Feeling festive? Join us for a variety of Christmas themed activities.

Seized – The Border and Customs uncovered

Customs Christmas crafts
Seized – The Border and Customs uncovered
Inside Merseyside Maritime Museum
4, 18 December 2010

Make your own salt dough ornament or Christmas card to take away.

Other events and activities happening over December are:

Walker Art Gallery

Big Art for Little Artists
Open daily 10am – 5pm
Craft activities 11am – 4pm

Big Art for Little Artists is our children’s gallery that brings art to life through paintings, sculpture, toys and costumes. Get creative with hands-on activities and interactive fun!

Parent and baby morning
3, 6, 10, 13, 17 December 2010

Join us in Big Art for a chance to meet other parents and babies and take part in specially designed activities (under 5s). Collect a ticket from the welcome desk on the day.

John Moores Painting Prize
Until 3 January 2011

The John Moores Painting Prize is Britain’s most important painting competition. With a first prize of £25,000, this year’s exhibition was selected from over 3000 entries. See the prizewinning artworks and choose your favourite for our visitors choice prize.

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Old Master Drawings: Guercino, Rubens, Tintoretto
22 October to 2 May 2011

Explore why artists have drawn over the centuries – from copying other works to making life studies – and the role of sketching in the creation of artworks.

Drawings from the Old Master collections of the Lady Lever and Walker Art Galleries by some of the great Italian Renaissance and Northern European artists are included in this exhibition.

International Slavery Museum

Handling collection
5, 19 December 2010

Meet our demonstrator and learn about life in West Africa before transatlantic slavery. (all)

Tales from Africa
28 December 2010
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Immerse yourself in African tales in this interactive storytelling session.

Home alone: end domestic slavery
Until Spring 2011

Home alone: end domestic slavery explores some of the issues faced by domestic workers around the globe and the continuing fight to promote workers’ rights. Home alone, invisible to society and lacking legal protection, domestic workers are among the most exploited and abused workers in the world.

This is the first exhibition in our new Campaign Zone – an exhibitions and community space that aims to shed light on the legacies of transatlantic slavery and to raise awareness of the modern forms of slavery existing in the world today.

Exhibition organised by the International Slavery Museum and Anti Slavery International.

Merseyside Maritime Museum

All hands on deck
11 December 2010
Intervals between 1 & 4pm

Ever wondered why a ship is always a she or what a ‘Fid’ is? Join our resident demonstrator and find out. (all)

Spotlight on the Titanic
5 December 2010
1, 2, 3 & 4 pm

Join our resident demonstrator and hear facts and myths that surround the sinking of the Titanic. (all)

Titanic – the night the lights went out
4 October
5 December 2010
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Emily Broughton Williams was sailing first class on the Titanic with her maid Ruby. Hear her account of the fateful Voyage.

South and south again – Tom Crean’s story
4, 11 December 2010
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Tom Crean was second officer aboard Endurance. Hear his account of Shackleton’s epic adventure in the Antarctic.

Never at sea – the Wrens story
12 December 2010
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Liverpool played an essential role in winning the Battle of the Atlantic during World War Two. Join our Wren, May Hatton, to hear about the vital work carried out under the streets of the city.

Shiver me timbers
18 December 2010
At intervals between 1 & 4pm

Come and meet our very own pirate to find out about a life on the ocean wave and see if you have what it takes to be a fearsome treasure hunter in our interactive storytelling session.

Endurance: Shackleton’s Antarctic adventure
Until 3 January

Introduce your young explorers to the amazing story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous expedition to the Antarctic. Learn about his journey to safety after his ship Endurance was crushed in the ice. Photographs show how Shackleton and his expedition team, including some hard-working husky dogs, survived nearly 2 years in the Antarctic wilderness.

Seized – The Border and Customs uncovered
Inside Merseyside Maritime Museum

5, 12 December 2010
1, 1.30, 2, 3 & 3.30pm

Come and search our ship to see if you can spot any signs of smuggling. (all)
Pick up a free ticket at the information desk in the foyer.

Little Smugglebusters playday
2 December 2010

A day of Customs themed fun for little visitors: music, art, stories and dressing up too. (under 5s)

Explore Customs
6 November 2010

Get your hands on our collections and explore the issues of endangered animals, smuggling and fakes. Includes dressing up for under 7s.

Customs contraband
14, 21 October 2010
11, 25 November 2010
9 December 2010

From counterfeits to cannabis, discover more about our Seized! collections by actually handling some of the items.

Mobile madness
29 December 2010

Create your own mobile to hang in your room, inspired by our collections animal and plant themed contraband

Customs cutters
11 December 2010

Make your own cutter in this workshop and find out about the fastest boats on the high seas! (all)

Mother Redcap
12 December 2010
1, 2 & 3pm

Mother Redcap will be on the gallery to captivate you with stories and songs about the dark and dangerous world of smuggling around the Mersey.

Grave tales
4, 18 December 2010
1, 2 & 3pm

Parson Dodge will be lurking about the Gallery.  If you’re lucky he may stop and tell you all about the age old battle between smugglers and Customs men.

Storytelling with customs
19 December 2010
1, 2 & 3pm

Join our storyteller to hear tales about some of the flora and fauna that Customs Officers try to protect.

World Museum

The GIANT dinosaur experience
December 2–5

A giant T-Rex will be taking over the World Museum. Come face to face with a roaming 14ft dinosaur, join in with our hands-on dinosaur activities or learn more about these amazing creatures at one of our dinosaur talks. See the website for times and more details.

Inside DNA
22 October to April 2011

Inside DNA is all about our health, identity and evolution. This interactive exhibition gives an insight into the fast-moving field of human genomics, the ethical questions surrounding it and how it could affect your future.

Inside DNA was developed by At-Bristol on behalf of The Association for Science and Discovery Centres with funding from the Wellcome Trust and support from the Sanger Institute.

Wild Wild World
A fun and thought provoking programme of displays, performances, trails, talks and workshops celebrating International Year of Biodiversity. Venture on the Wild, Wild trail, a fun quiz with a serious message about our disappearing wildlife.

Until 5 Dec

Travelling exhibition explaining what biodiversity is and how it is affected by human activity.

Family workshops

Family workshops in the Weston Discovery Centre cover topics such as Archaeology, Egyptology, and music from around the World.

Most events require free tickets which can be picked up at the information desk on the day. See website for details of BSL interpreted and audio described events.

Free Planetarium
Travel to outer space without even leaving your chair in our incredible space and astronomy show for adults and children over five. Tickets available from 10am and up to five minutes before each performance from the welcome desk.

Monday to Friday
The Autumn night sky     12 noon & 3.15pm
Magnificent desolation         2.30pm
Wonders of the solar system     4.05pm

Saturday & Sunday
The sunshine show             1.15pm
The Autumn night sky    1.45pm & 3.15pm
Magnificent desolation         2.15pm
Wonders of the solar system     4.05pm

Additional shows at holiday times.

Treasure House Theatre

We’ve got a packed programme of free events in our 80-seat theatre. Pick up a ticket from the welcome desk. Our programme includes:

Death on the Nile
Two bungling robbers have sneaked in to the museum, but they get more than they bargained for, when one of them opens an ancient scroll. (over 5’s)

World on film

Catch one of our 20 minute films, including Eastern Encounters which tells the story of the 2004 V&A exhibition about Asian art and objects from 1500 to 1800. (over 5’s)

Food for thought
Visit our Time travel café where our intrepid chef and waiter will take you on a journey through the history of food. (over 5’s)

Molly the friendly blue whale

Join Rosie or Captain Undersea in this tall tale of a brave whale that escapes a cruel captain (boo), and saves her friends in a storm (hooray). (under 5’s)

Samurai armour
Examine the armour of a Samurai warrior in this demonstration using replica 16th century armour. (Everyone)

For above dates and times call 0151 478 4393 or visit