Schools and groups

World Museum offers a wide range of activities, sessions and resources for education and community groups of all ages. These are run by our  Education and Communities team.

aquarium demonstrator showing a starfish to children

Booking a group visit

Ancient Egypt gallery improvements

Major improvements are planned for World Museum’s popular Ancient Egypt gallery, which involve the closure of the Ancient World gallery on Floor 3 from 7 September 2015. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. However the end result will be an Ancient Egyptian gallery which will be bigger, more exciting and more interactive. It will include more collections, especially mummies, and use cutting edge technology to reveal the latest discoveries.

The following displays will no longer be available from 7 September 2015 during the refurbishment:

  • Ancient Egyptian
  • Ancient Greek
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Roman

School workshops (and family activities) linked to these themes will remain available in the Weston Discovery Centre and the Clore Natural History Centre. A separate exciting temporary exhibition all about animal mummies will also be open for groups to visit from mid September 2016 until the end of February 2017.

Find out more about the project on the blog.

Learning sessions

Blast off - Destination Space events

Key stage 2 school groups are invited to join us on Tuesday 15 December for a special day to celebrate the launch of British astronaut, Tim Peake, to the International Space Station.

The day will begin with an exciting link to live broadcast of the rocket’s blast off, followed by lively and fun space themed activities for KS2 students.

Students will meet real scientists, take part in special workshops and find out about the wonders of the universe and what it takes to become an astronaut.

Scientists from John Moore’s University’s Astrophysics Research Institute and the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences will lead interactive workshops specially for children to find out about the scale of the solar system and how to fitness train like an astronaut. Students can explore how to navigate a Mars rover simulator robot with scientists from the University of Liverpool’s Computer Science Department.

Other activities include spacey arts and crafts, our planetarium shows and a handling session with artefacts used by astronauts to survive in space.

Booking is essential and places are limited. Call our bookings team on 0151 478 4788 for full details.

Learning 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 some are self-led. Booking well in advance is advised.

World Museum has a fantastic science offer taking in the Aquarium, Planetarium and Bug House, all of which run specially-devised sessions for schools. Top themes include Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt, and there are also opportunities to study world cultures and natural history in our dedicated hands-on centres.

Preparing for your visit

We strongly advise that all teachers and accompanying adults visiting the gallery 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.

Permanent galleries

Education booklets

Our education booklets, which give an overview of what we offer for different age groups in all our venues, can be downloaded here:

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