imageSUMMER EVENTS at NML : Here Comes the Sun
Free activities suitable for all the family at National Museums Liverpool
Soon school will be out for the summer and National Museums Liverpool is hosting free events, exhibitions and workshops for all the family throughout the six week holiday.

Walker Art Gallery

High Kicks and Low Life
Until 8 Aug 2010

This exquisite exhibition of around 50 prints by the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), depicts the glamour and style of 19th century Parisian theatre and daily life

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!

Terrific toadstools
7, 8 August 2010

Be inspired by mischievous Puck from A Midsummer Nights Dream and create your own toadstool from a variety of collage materials.

29 July 2010
12 – 1pm and 2-3pm

Join us for a mini-tour exploring some of the beautiful fans on display and make your own fan inspired by works such as Geisha by Kate Blacker.

31 July 2010
1 August 2010

Be inspired by the dancing and theatrics in Toulouse-Lautrec’s prints and drawings and make your own 3D theatre scene.

Discovering printing
2 August 2010
11.30-12.30, 1-2pm & 2.30-3.30pm

Discover the printing styles of artist Toulouse-Lautrec. This workshop will introduce you to mono and screen printing.  Try something a bit different and experiment with creating your own exciting prints to take away.

World Museum Liverpool

Until  5 September 2010

Enter the amazing world of plants in this new interactive exhibition. Get up close and personal with giant plants and discover their inner workings, variety and beauty. See how they interact with humans and animals and learn how the world could not survive without them.

Wild about…
Saturdays in July 2010

Drop into our weekly sessions, themes include: Record breaking animals, extinct birds, mammals, insects and beaches. Ask in the Clore Natural History Centre for details.

Tropical Inc.
7, 8 August 2010
See website for times.

Meet live animals including meerkats, skunks, snakes and hedgehogs.

DIY Music Day
14 August 2010

Explore the museum through music. Make thumb pianos, listen to instruments from all over the world and perform music with your own DIY instruments. No musical experience necessary. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Plus… an initiative developed in association with the hub, with funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England and Sound and Music.

Wild Wild World week
7-15 August 2010

On your travels around the museum this week you may bump in to Professor Rosa and Miss Daisy causing mayhem. In the Clore Natural History Centre learn how to make a plaster cast track, how to keep a nature diary, make a nature table, press and mount plants or identify birds. Colly Flower will also be telling stories from her allotment in the Plantastic! exhibition

Sudley House

Hitched: Wedding clothes and customs
23 July 2010 – Spring 2011

Display of wedding garments from Victorian to modern times. See the stunning dresses worn by brides on their special day.

Treasures of Sudley estate
5, 20 August 2010

Enjoy the environmental, historical and architectural treasures of Sudley with a guided tour from the Liverpool Rangers. Please wear sensible footwear and clothing.

Get hitched
20, 21 August 2010

Create a wedding outfit inspired by garments from Liverpool’s Jewish, Chinese and Traveller communities.

Brilliant binoculars
28 August 2010

Decorate your own pair of binoculars and explore the gardens to spot some wildlife.

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Durer and Italy
Until 28 September 2010

Albrecht Durer was one of the most successful Renaissance artists and the greatest of all printmakers. He was a celebrated painter but became famous for his woodcut prints and engravings. This exhibition focuses on Durer’s engravings which spread his ideas and images across Europe.

Activity rooms

Learn about how William Lever created Sunlight Soap and collected art for his gallery. Explore our collections through puppets, toys, books and costume or get creative at one of our fun workshops.


Want to explore the gallery in a different way?  Each of our storysacks looks at a different theme in the gallery such as farm animals, St George and the dragon, bubbles and picnics. Choose a bag at the information desk and get exploring!

Life at the Lady Lever tour
24 July 2010
1, 2, 3pm

Meet a Sunlight soap factory worker in this fun role play performance and get her views on the Lady Lever Art Gallery and life as a factory worker.

Funky portraits
29, 30 July 2010

Put yourself in the picture! How would you look as a character from our Pre-Raphaelite collections? Come along and find out.

Insect games
5, 6 August 2010

Create your own insect inspired board game. What is your favourite bug? Take a look at our marquetry game board for ideas.

Animal antics
11, 12 August 2010

There are lots of different animals featured in Dürer’s prints. Join us in the Activity Rooms for this fun workshop and add a splash of colour to your favourite Dürer animal.

Print workshop
18, 19 August 2010
12, 1.30 & 3pm

Learn how to make relief prints and mono prints in this Dürer inspired workshop with our printmaker.

National Conservation Centre

Lewis’s Fifth Floor: A Department Story
Until 30 August 2010
Photographs of famous Liverpool department store Lewis’s, taken by Stephen King. The exhibition reveals a hidden world of colourful hairdryers, lamps and café tiles from the 1950’s designed fifth floor that has been closed to the public sine the 1980’s.

Revealing activities for all

Saturday afternoon activities in the Reveal gallery, with objects to handle, paintings to mend and sculptures to create. Fun for all ages.

Moulding and casting
27, 28, 29 July 2010
24, 25, 26 August 2010

Family fun discovering how conservators make use of moulding and casting.

Going potty
3, 4, 5 August 2010

Have fun while you learn with our mini-archaeological dig. Help us find buried pieces of pottery and put them back together again.

Spirit of Liverpool
17, 18, 19 August 2010

Learn about one of the largest marble statues in the country and have fun modelling a new sculpture to represent the city of Liverpool.

Merseyside Maritime Museum

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 and 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.

On the waterfront weekend
17, 18 July 2010
Intervals between 12 & 5pm

Join us for a special weekend of nautical events.
Try traditional maritime crafts such as net making, knot tying and coopering or enjoy music by the Empire Community Choir. Families with young children can also take part in storytelling, pirate crafts and face painting.

Riverpool International – Mersey Pirate Muster
Sunday 18 July 2010
11am – 5pm

We’re celebrating the ‘On the Waterfront’ festival with pirate themed activities for all the family in and around the Albert Dock and Maritime Museum.

Titanic – the night the lights went out
11, 28 July 2010
4, 5, 11, 18 August 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

There be pirates
27, 29 July 2010
3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August 2010

Join us for a fun filled pirate themed workshop suitable for the whole family.

Seized – The Border and Customs Uncovered
(Inside Merseyside Maritime Museum)

Little Smugglebusters playday
2 September 2010

A day of Customs themed fun for little visitors: music, art, stories and dressing up too.

SOS Save Our Species
28, 29  July 2010
25 August 2010

Our demonstrators will explain how customs protect endangered species and help you to make an environmentally friendly souvenir to take away.

The bee’s knees
31 July 2010
11, 21 August 2010

Get busy and buzzy with bee related crafts. Find out about these fascinating creatures, learn about the important role they play.

Sniffer and Smugglebuster
24, 29 July
7, 8, 15, 29 August
19 September

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

Grave tales
4, 28 August 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.

International Slavery Museum

Beyond the Boundary
Until 12 September
Famous cricketers Viv Richards, Paul Adams and Basil D’Oliviera feature in this display of photographs. The exhibition explores how these players broke the boundaries of racial apartheid. Developed in collaboration with Dr June Bam-Hutchison, in association with, Dr Andre Odendaal.

Slavery Remembrance Day
23 August 12-4pm

Slavery Remembrance Day 2010 will be commemorated at the International Slavery Museum on 23 August. Join us for live music, community showcases, cultural crafts and a traditional African libation ceremony. Market stalls will also be selling traditional West African and Caribbean food.

African woodcarving
15 August 2010

See African woodcarving on the Life in West Africa gallery.

African beats
29, 30 August 2010
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Feel the beat with an afternoon of African drumming and dance.

Let’s dance: The beat of Brazil
7, 8 August 2010
at intervals between 1.30 & 3.30pm

Learn to Samba in our active workshops and find out more about Brazilian dance.

Venue information:

Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street, Liverpool
Admission FREE
Open 10am-5pm every day
Information 0151 478 4199

World Museum Liverpool
William Brown Street, Liverpool
Admission FREE
Open 10am-5pm every day
Information 0151 478 4393

Lady Lever Art Gallery
Port Sunlight Village, Wirral
Admission FREE
Open 10am-5pm every day
Information 0151 478 4136

Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock, Liverpool
Admission FREE
Open 10am-5pm every day
Information 0151 478 4499

International Slavery Museum

Albert Dock, Liverpool
Admission FREE
Open 10am-5pm every day
Information 0151 478 4499

Sudley House
Mossley Hill Road, Aigburth, Liverpool
Admission FREE
Open 10am-5pm every day
Information 0151 724 3245

National Conservation Centre
Whitechapel, Liverpool
Admission FREE
Open 10am-5pm every day
Information 0151 478 4999

With a jam packed schedule planned here are just some of the highlights, however full listings can be found at