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Half-term fun at National Museums Liverpool

Posted on Thursday 14th May 2015
Animal masks

© Simon Webb

Join in with free family activities for everyone this May half-term

The waterfront is going to be buzzing this half-term as it kicks off with a visit to the city from the Three Cunard Queens on Bank Holiday Weekend, and that’s just where the fun begins for National Museums Liverpool.

Come and find out more about Cunard, the world famous Liverpool shipping company. The Merseyside Maritime Museum are holding a hands on activity (24, 25, 26 May) where visitors can handle objects and find out about famous Cunard ships such as the Lusitania.

We have a fun-filled weekend at Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered, within the Merseyside Maritime Museum on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May. Live animals, a magician and sniffer dogs will be around for the weekend and Border Force officers will be on hand to tell visitors about the work that they do. You can even test your skills at becoming one in our Rummage sessions.

Head to the International Slavery Museum and join in with African Masks activities on 23 and 24 May where you can find out the meaning of different African masks and decorate your own. Visitors can also hear about beautiful African flowers on 30 and 31 May and make their own to take home.

Cross over the bridge to learn more about the First World War at the Museum of Liverpool. We have fun activities where you can handle objects (27 May) from the war or hear the true story of a couple’s experience during the war through the many letters they sent to each other (28 May).

Have you ever wondered what is the smallest or the fastest animal? How about the most dangerous or venomous? At World Museum you can find out the answers to these questions plus more in our Animal Record Breakers activity (23, 24 May).

Get you hands on drawing materials and make your way to the Walker Art Gallery. Sketch to your heart’s content in our Sculpture Gallery everyday throughout half-term. After sketching why not make something to take home? We have our Masquerade craft activity (25, 26, 27 May), when you can make your own mask inspired by our paintings and sculptures.

Three days of crafts and gallery trails are taking place at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Join us at Art Village (26, 27, 28 May) when we will take a look at buildings big and small from around Port Sunlight and create 2D and 3D buildings to take home.

There’s lots to do, so for more details of our half-term events and how to book places, please visit liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/halfterm

May half-term events

WALKER ART GALLERY
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
William Brown Street, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker
Telephone 0151 478 4199

Rhyme Time
Every Saturday
10.30am
Saturday morning story and Rhyme Time in Big Art for Little Artists.
Drop in, no booking required

Toddler Time
25, 29 May - 10am
8, 22 May - 1pm
Bring your babies and toddlers to join us in Big Art for Little Artists for an hour of creative play, exploration, songs and stories.
Drop in, no booking required

Masquerade
25, 26, 27 May
1-4pm
Make your own mask inspired by characters from the paintings and sculptures.
Drop in, no booking required

Sketching in the Sculpture Gallery
23 – 31 May
10am-5pm
Grab some drawing materials and sketch to your heart's content surrounded by the beauty of the Sculpture Gallery.
Drop in, no booking required

LADY LEVER ART GALLERY
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Port Sunlight, Wirral
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever
Telephone 0151 478 4136

Family Art Club
30 May
11am and 2pm
Is your child aged between 7and 12? Do they love art and being creative? If so, why not join our Family Art Club. On the last Saturday of every month a member of our Education Team will help you explore the gallery and get hands on in this interactive workshop. Each month you and your child will be able to try new techniques, experiment with different materials and learn new skills.
Pre booking essential. Please visit the webpage for more information: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever/events/displayevent.aspx?eventid=22378

Art Village
26, 27, 28 May
1-4pm
This week we're looking at buildings large and small. Join us for three days of exciting craft activities and a gallery trail. 
Drop in, no booking required

MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL
Free entry
Open daily
10am-5pm
Please note that only the ground floor of the Museum of Liverpool will be open on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 May. Pier Head, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/
Telephone 0151 478 4545

Little Liverpool
Every day
Intervals throughout the day
Little Liverpool is crammed with hands-on activities for children. It is the perfect place to introduce little ones to the Museum.
Collect a free timed ticket for Little Liverpool at the Welcome Desk and prepare to have some fun!
Groups of 20 or more can pre-book a Little Liverpool visit in advance for their exclusive use at educationbookings@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

One Magnificent View
25 May
10:30am-3pm
On Monday 25 May 2015 the Liverpool waterfront will be brought to life to celebrate the visit of the Three Cunard Queens as part of Cunard's 175th anniversary events in the city. The People’s Republic gallery offers a great vantage point for guests to see the celebration whatever the weather, whilst enjoying a luxury brunch-style reception.
Pre-booking essential.
Tickets cost £44 each for adults (age 18 and over) and £27.50 for children (age 3 to 17) including booking fees.
For further details call 0151 478 4780 or visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/threequeens

Museum Crafternoon
25, 26 May
1.30-3.30pm
Spend a relaxing afternoon making things together that are inspired by the Museum. For accompanied children age 10 and under.
Drop in, no booking required

Tales from the Tent
26, 27 May
3pm
Museum story-based fun for the littlest museum visitors using puppets and props.
Drop in, no booking required

Watching and Waiting
27 May
1 and 3pm
Hear the true story of one couple's experience of home and battle front during the First World War in this performance based on some of the 2,000 letters that they exchanged with one another.
Drop in, no booking required

First World War handling
28 May
2-4pm
Explore our First World War handling collection with our Education team.
Drop in, no booking required

Meccano Comes Home
27, 28 May
1.30 and 2.30pm
Let's find the engineers of the future with more than a nod to Liverpool's history of innovation. Discover or rediscover Meccano in our hands-on workshops.
Drop in, no booking required

WORLD MUSEUM
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
William Brown Street, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml
Telephone 0151 478 4136

Animal Record Breakers
23, 24 May
1-4pm
Find out about some the largest, smallest, most dangerous and amazing animals.
Drop in, no booking required

Ancient Writing
30, 31 May
1-4pm
Ancient Egyptian people used little pictures called hieroglyphs to write down the sounds of their language. Join us to find out how other ancient people recorded their language.
Drop in, no booking required

MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM
Free entry
Open daily
10am-5pm Albert Dock, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/
Telephone 0151 478 4499

Titanic - Fashions and Fortunes
27 May
1-4pm
An interesting look at the fashions aboard the Titanic. Learn about the people who might have worn them and even give them a try yourself.
Drop in, no booking required

On Board Games
24, 26 May
1-4pm
Our exhibition, On Their Own, looks at the emotional stories of child migrants to Australia and Canada.  While their experiences were harsh, the journey was full of hope and could be made fun with deck games.  Come and try your hand at some of our traditional pastimes.
Drop in, no booking required

Tom, the May's New Hero
26 May
1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Come and hear the story of Tom, the cabin boy and his adventures on board the sailing ship, the Lady May.
Drop in, no booking required

Wartime at the Piermaster's House
23, 25, 27, 29 May
1-4pm
Join us in the 1940s to find out what life in Liverpool was really like during World War Two.
Drop in, no booking required

Bedazzled!
23 May
12-2pm
Many ships were disguised with dazzle paint during the First World War - join in our workshop to decorate your own dazzling vessel! Drop in, no booking required

Shiver me Timbers
27 May
1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Come and meet our very own pirate and find out about a life on the high seas - was a swashbuckling life all it was cracked up to be? Drop in, no booking required

Music for the Classes
28 May
1, 2 and 3pm
Find out about the music surrounding the Titanic and the period in which she sailed in this fun- filled session.
Drop in, no booking required

On Their Own - A Sculpture Workshop
28 May
1-4pm
Inspired by a memorial in Fremantle, Australia, to all of the child migrants sent from Britain and Malta, and join in our own sculpture workshop.
Drop in, no booking required

Cunard Objects
24, 25, 26 May
1-4pm
The Cunard Line is a world famous Liverpool company - find out more about their history and some of their well known ships, such as Lusitania, with our range of objects.
Drop in, no booking required

INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Albert Dock, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/
Telephone 0151 478 4499

African Blooms
30, 31 May
1-4pm
Learn more about the beauty of African flowers and make your own to take home.
Drop in, no booking required

African Masks
23, 24 May
1-4pm
Learn more about the meaning of African masks and make your own mask to take home!
Drop in, no booking required

SEIZED! THE BORDER AND CUSTOMS UNCOVERED
Free entry
Open daily
10am-5pm
Albert Dock, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/seized
Telephone 0151 478 4499

Customs Contraband
23, 24 May
1-4pm
A smuggler's hoard, here for you to get your hands on!
Drop in, no booking required

Seized! Border Force family fun weekend
30, 31 May
11am-4pm
Join the Seized! team for a fun weekend of rummaging ships, scanning freight containers, spotting forgeries and how to avoid buying fake goods. They'll be joined by the sniffer dog handlers from Manchester Airport, while the team from Exoteach will bring along live snakes and turtles to see up close. You can also see some of the items seized from travellers by Border Force officers in their work to protect endangered species. Look out for the face painter, craft activities, information stands and more!
Drop in, no booking required

Notes to Editors

About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic.

We attract more than 2.7m visitors every year. Our venues are the International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum,  Museum of Liverpool, Sudley House, Border Force National Museum, Walker Art Gallery and World Museum.