Schools and groups

education officer dressed as a pirate, showing a treasure chest to school children

Merseyside Maritime Museum offers a wide range of activities, sessions and resources for education and community groups of all ages. 

Booking a group visit

Combined visits with The Danny

The Danny steam ship moored in the dock by Merseyside Maritime Museum

The Danny is the last remaining operational steam tugboat and passenger tender in the UK. Now moored opposite the Merseyside Maritime Museum, she offers children a wonderful opportunity to experience a working vessel with a unique story.

The Danny is offering cruises of the North Liverpool Docks and workshops at Canning Dock aimed at key stage 2 pupils, addressing local history and art and design topics from the national curriculum. Each raise costs £135 for a class of 30, lasts 90 minutes and is based on hands on activities and facilitated exploratory conversations led by The Danny’s learning team. You might like to combine a visit to The Danny with a visit to Merseyside Maritime Museum.

The Danny is a separate organisation to National Museums Liverpool so you will need to make separate bookings to visit The Danny and the museum(s). The charges for workshops on The Danny contribute to maintaining the vessel.

Visit  The Danny’s website to find out more.

Education sessions

Education sessions are free of charge and usually link to the national curriculum through our collections and displays. Many sessions are led by a member of our team, while others are self-led. Booking well in advance is advised.

Popular topics include pirates, the Titanic,  Second World War and life in the 1940s, emigration, and our unique school tours of Liverpool's Old Dock. The museum runs expert Home-Office approved 'issues-based' sessions on drug, alcohol and weapons awareness. The Seized! collection also offers the opportunity to learn about animals in danger and the work of customs. Of course, you can also find out about about maritime pursuits, the seaside and life at sea!

See the education sessions page for details.

Preparing for your visit

We strongly advise that all teachers and accompanying adults visiting the museum with a group read the following guidance notes. This will give you all the practical information you need to ensure that you have an enjoyable and productive visit, including sample risk assessments.


We have prepared teacher's notes and student’s workbooks on the themes listed below. Some can be downloaded, where indicated. You can request printed copies of the other materials by  using the contact education form, or by calling the group bookings team on 0151 478 4788.

Please note that you need to request resources at the time of booking. We do not provide pencils or clipboards so please remember to bring your own on the day.

On their own

Teacher's resource

This free resource is available to download for classroom use.

Find out more on the On their own teacher's resource page.

On their own teachers resource

Permanent galleries and themes