World Museum

World Museum
William Brown Street
L3 8EN


World Museum Liverpool




General information

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Exterior of 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

Daily 10am-5pm
Closed: 24 December, from 2pm.
25, 26 December
1 January

Admission charges

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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

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.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Sssnakes Alive! image of boy with a magnifying glass surrounded by jungle foliage and colourful snakes

Sssnakes Alive!

  • 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.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • Any age


Animal record breakers

  • 1 February 2015

Find out about some the largest, smallest, most dangerous and amazing animals.
Drop in, no booking or ticket required


Drop in, no booking or ticket required

Edible insects

  • 7 — 8 February 2015

Insects may be the food of the future. Become an entomophagist and find out what insects you can eat.
Drop in, no booking or ticket required


Drop in, no booking or ticket required

Chinese lanterns

  • 14 — 15 February 2015

Celebrate Chinese New Year and make your own Chinese lantern to take home.
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Drop in, no booking or ticket required

Animal masks

  • 21 — 22 February 2015

Touch a hippopotamus skull, examine a tropical butterfly or hold an elephant tooth plus much more. Then make an animal mask to take home.
Drop in, no booking or ticket required


Drop in, no booking or ticket required

DNA bracelets

  • 28 February 2015

Use 4 different coloured beads to make a bracelet that carries some of the DNA code for a human or other animal or plant.
Drop in, no booking or ticket required


Drop in, no booking or ticket required