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World Museum Liverpool
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Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures!
World Museum is the largest and oldest of the National Museums Liverpool, founded in 1851 when the 13th Earl of Derby left his substantial natural history collection to the city.
Museum, Science centre
Closed: 24 December, from 2pm.
25, 26 December
Free for all, including the Planetarium.
Its collections are world-wide in scope, and world-class in quality. They cover archaeology, ethnology and the natural and physical sciences. The popular Planetarium is now free to all.
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Personalities, Science and Technology, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- Planetarium; Dinosaurs; Aquarium; Greeks; Romans; Egyptians; Mummies; Space; Archaeology
Prints in counterpoint
- 13 November 2014 — 31 May 2015 *on now
A vibrant and colourful display of sixteen lino prints by the Ghanaian artist Atta Kwami. Kwami is an artist, scholar and curator based in Ghana and the UK.
He was inspired to create the prints after spending three days in Liverpool sketching African artworks in the World Cultures Gallery and at the museum store.
His brilliantly conceived prints were made by reworking his sketches in lino and printing them with rhythmic over- and under-layerings of colour.
Kwami has a deep understanding of Ghanaian traditions of design and visual creativity but he is also interested in urban scenes and forms.
The display can be found in the Africa section of the World Cultures Gallery on the third floor at World Museum.
'Prints in Counterpoint' was printed by Pamela Clarkson and Atta Kwami in 2014.
Maya - The revelation of an endless time
- 21 May — 4 October 2015
Step back to an ancient time and discover the powerful and revealing world of the Maya. This was a time of warriors, shamanic rituals, human sacrifice, jade treasures, advanced knowledge and veneration of the cosmos.
The ancient Maya was a Mesoamerican civilisation that has left a far-reaching legacy of architectural, cultural and artistic achievements.
Through more than 400 stunning objects from museums and Maya sites in Mexico, from striking funerary masks to intricate jade jewellery, the exhibition explores this extraordinary civilisation whose culture is still alive today.
This exhibition has been produced by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Mexico. It is part of the 2015 ‘Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom’ and ‘Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico’.
World Museum in Liverpool will be the only opportunity to see this breath-taking exhibition in the UK.
- 19 September 2014 — 22 February 2015 *on now
Discover the slithering, secret life of snakes with this free family friendly exhibition.
Have you ever wondered how snakes capture their prey? Or why they shed their skin? Find out the answers and other slippery snake facts at Sssnakes Alive!
You will come face to face with live specimens, including a boa constrictor and a royal python, learn about the importance of conservation and discover what life is like in countries where encounters with deadly snakes are a daily occurrence.
Objects on display include a Burmese python skeleton and stunning photographs of snakes from around the world.
Sssnakes Alive! is a touring exhibition created by Blue Tokay, with additional content from National Museums Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
- Any age