National Museums Liverpool offers something for everybody !

People enjoying the long Diamond Jubilee Weekend and school break will be spoilt for choice with a host of regal events at National Museums Liverpool’s exciting venues!

Join in  jubilee celebrations at the Walker Art Gallery and visit the new exhibition, Rolf Harris: Can you tell what it is yet? which features Rolf’s stunning portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, amongst an eclectic range of Rolf’s paintings and memorabilia.

Families inspired by the portrait can make their own crown in workshops at the gallery on 2 June to Tuesday 5 June, between 10 am and 4 pm. (More Rolf Harris related activities are listed below).

The Lady Lever Art Gallery and Museum of Liverpool also enjoy treating their visitors like royalty and will also be hosting crown-making workshops on 4 and 5 June.

For those who prefer to leave crown-wearing to the experts there is a flag-making workshop at the Lady Lever and Sudley House on Saturday 2 June between 1 pm and 4 pm.


Delicious Smoked Anglesey mackerel is on the menu at Merseyside Maritime Museum, which is hosting lunch fit for a Queen in its Maritime Dining Rooms! The full Royal menu, enjoyed by Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on their recent visit, will be available to the public on Thursday 31 May – Tuesday 5 June.To book call 0151 478 4056.

Half term fun across National Museums Liverpool includes not just one but two Titanic exhibitions at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story shows rarely-seen items while Titanic, Lusitania and the Forgotten Empress puts the sinking into the context of similar liner disasters.

Events include Spotlight on the Titanic at 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30 pm on Thursday 7 June when visitors explore the facts and myths that surround the sinking.

Tall Tales of a Titanic Survivor at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm on Saturday 9 June features the story of Titanic’s chief baker Charles Joughin. He survived to tell a tale or two but do you believe him?

Ismay’s Titanic – from glory to guilt at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm on Sunday 10 June. This is a performance telling the story of White Star boss and Titanic survivor Bruce Ismay through the eyes of his daughter Evelyn.

Compare the huge liners with three racing craft in the Racing for Gold display to mark Britain hosting the Olympic Games. It features a sleek eight-man racing shell from 1985, a Clipper class dinghy and Merlin Rocket dinghy – both built in the 1950s.

Over at the Lady Lever ArtGallery a fabulous new exhibition featuring more than 30 colourful decorative artworks, explores the life of Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (1872 – 1945).

A Pre-Raphaelite Journey: Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale is the first major exhibition of her extraordinary output in 40 years.

The new and improved Planetarium is open at World Museum.  Admission is free to see the latest show, Chronicle of a Journey to the Earth, following a space traveller through the Solar System, and the other popular presentation The Spring Night Sky.

Limited tickets available from 10 am and up to five minutes before each performance at the museum’s Welcome Desk.

Between 12 noon and 2 pm at the weekends you can experience Close Encounters with the inhabitants of the Aquarium – demonstrations, feeding times and talks. Dip into a rock pool and watch hungry fish being fed.

Exhibitions at the Museum of Liverpool are Liverpool Doors and The Liverpool Tapestry: People, Places and Passions.

Poet Roger McGough’s unusual exhibition Liverpool Doors combines poetry and doors to give a quirky, humorous view of the city. The Liverpool Tapestry captures the spirit of the city created by 150 embroiderers with 103 miles of wool and nearly five million stitches.

Tea and Tapestries, inspired by The Liverpool Tapestry, is a chance to make your own mini version over a cup of tea or juice between 10 am and 12 noon and 2 pm and 4 pm on Friday 8 June. Collect a ticket on the day.

This is a good time to catch the final days of the popular Sudley House exhibition Costume Drama: Fashion from 1790 to 1850 which ends on 17 June 2012. Fashionable ladies and gentlemen certainly knew how to dress – see beautiful hats, shoes, outfits and accessories.

Be inspired by Henry Stacy Marks’ amusing parrot paintings at Sudley and make your own colourful bird between 1 pm and 4 pm on Wednesday 6 June.

The International Slavery Museum (in the MerseysideMaritime Museum building) explores the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery.

Learn more about traditional African objects from Sunday 3 June to Friday 8 June inclusive; make a colourful carnival headdress on Monday 4 June and a West African mask on Friday 8 June and Saturday 9 June. Visitors can find their rhythm at the African drumming workshop on Saturday 9 June. All these events take place between 1pm and 4 pm.

On Wednesday and Thursday 6 and 7 June (1 – 4 pm) you can learn more about beautiful African flowers and make your own colourful bloom.


Other National Museums Liverpool events over the Jubilee weekend and half term can be found on our website:


Highlights include:

WalkerArt Gallery


Can you tell what it is yet? It’s family fun!

Bring all the family to the Walker for special holiday activities celebrating the life and work of Rolf Harris, artist, musician, singer, TV presenter and entertainer.


The Big Booth

June 6 and 7


Dress up with Rolf themed props and accessories, and then get your photo taken in our giant photo booth. The Booth is big enough for the whole family and photos taken will be displayed on Facebook.


Cartoon capers

6, 7 and 8 June

1, 2, 1-4pm

Join our resident cartoonist and watch him turn simple lines into colourful cartoons to take away.


The big picture

6, 7 and 8 June

Help us create a giant collaborative work of art inspired by Rolf’s paintings. Ages 3+.


Wobble board boogie

6 and 8 June

Have a go at decorating your own wobble board, a musical instrument invented by Rolf Harris. Ages 3+.


Perfect pastels

7 June

1– 4pm

Join our Education team and learn how to use pastels and recreate some of the effects in Rolf’s paintings. Ages 3+.



Doodle station down under

6 and 8 June

12.30 – 3.30pm

Join our volunteers for an afternoon of Rolf inspired drawing activities. Experiment with a variety of drawing equipment and materials and get stuck in!


Big Art

6, 7 and 8 June

10am – 4pm

Join us in Big Art for crafty collage activities inspired by the life and work of Rolf Harris. Ages 3+.


New family art club

2 June

11 am – 12.30 pm

Is your child aged between seven and 12? Do they love art and being creative? If so, why not join our family art club? Join us to explore the gallery and learn new skills. Call 0151 478 4171 for more details.


Saturday Stories

9 June

11 – 11.30 am

Our resident storyteller tells a fun selection of stories about the paintings and sculptures on display.


Merseyside Maritime Museum

The Tide is High

2 – 5 June

1 – 4 pm

Four days of fun on the waterfront.


Saved by the bell

7 June

Intervals between 1 and 4 pm

A fun-filled music workshop for all.


Fashions and fortunes

8 June

Intervals between 1 pm and 4 pm

Imagine you lived in the time of Titanic. What fashions would you wear and what possessions might you have?


All hands on deck

2 – 5 June

1 – 4 pm

Find out more about maritime links to modern life through this interactive session.



2, 3, 4 and 5 June

11 am to 4 pm

Take a closer look at the creatures in the waters of the Albert Dock with our team of museum experts and the Customs underwater camera.



9 and 10 June

1, 1.30, 2, 3 and 3.30 pm

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Customs officer? Come and search our ship to see if you can spot any signs of smuggling. Pick up a free ticket at the information desk.


Mother Redcap

9 June

1, 2 and 3 pm

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


Sniffer & Smugglebuster

2 and 4 June

Look out for our larger than life Sniffer Dog and his handler as they search around the museum.


LadyLever Art Gallery

Story time

6 June

11 – 11.30 am

Listen to our storyteller’s stories, old and new.


6 and 7 June

1 – 4 pm

Make a magical mystery book to amaze your friends, inspired by the Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale exhibition.


Museum of Liverpool

Time Quest

Every Saturday

1.30 – 2.30 pm

Find out more about some of the items on display, handle some cool objects and see what goes on behind the scenes at the museum. Suitable for 8–14 year olds. Collect a ticket from the Welcome Desk on the day.


Octopus’s Garden

6 and 8 June

2 – 4-30 pm

Make your own Octopus’s Garden inspired by the famous song.