World Museum

Exterior of World Museum Liverpool
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Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures at the World Museum!

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

See also

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

World Museums is 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.

Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed

  • 14 October 2016 — 26 February 2017 *on now

This fascinating exhibition explores ancient Egyptian animal mummies, prepared in their millions as votive offerings to the gods. Discover the background behind this religious practice in the context of life in ancient Egypt and the environment in which the animals lived.

Featuring mummified specimens such as jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds, the exhibition will also include a recreation of a subterranean animal catacomb, creating an immersive and atmospheric experience.

Using animal mummies from a variety of UK collections, the exhibition will also look at the use of science, such as CT imaging, to learn more about the subject.

World Museum has worked on this exhibition in partnership with Manchester Museum, Glasgow Museums and The University of Manchester.


World Museum
William Brown Street
L3 8EN


World Museum Liverpool




General information

0151 478 4393


0151 478 4612



0151 478 4788

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