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Where will 2019 take you?

Explore the Glasgow style, experience art for an emperor and discover history at National Museums Liverpool.

National Museums Liverpool is a group of museums and galleries in Merseyside, North West England. We attract more than 3 million visitors every year to some of the most visited museums in England outside of London.

Highlights for 2019

With a host of exciting exhibitions and accessible venues, there’s plenty for groups to enjoy. 

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

A must-see for groups in 2019 is the stunning Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery. This exhibition, which spans a lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and his contemporaries, exploring the movement known as the Glasgow Style, opens at the Walker Art Gallery on 15 March 2019. Tickets are on sale now with discounts available for groups of 10 or more with a free ticket available for leaders when bringing groups of over 45 people. Call the ticket office on 0151 478 4444 (from 10am - 5pm Monday to Sunday or email grouptickets@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk to find out more or make your booking. 

Rembrandt

Other highlights in 2019 include Rembrandt in Print at the Lady Lever Art Gallery from 1 June-15 September. Widely hailed as the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669) was one of the most innovative and experimental printmakers of the seventeenth century. This exhibition will present Rembrandt as an unrivalled storyteller through a selection of around 50 outstanding prints ranging from 1630 until the late 1650s. Exhibition organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. 

Lady Lever Art Gallery

The Lady Lever Art Gallery also has a stunning permanent collection, including  Chinese ceramics, Wedgwood and 18th century paintings, each object with its own unique story to tell. The figure of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy, once stood in a temple in China while our Chinese ceramic elephants were also used in a temple as ornaments on the altar. The portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton, is a favourite with visitors, but you might not know that Emma was born nearby, at Ness in Wirral. 

Japanese drawings

During the UK/Japan Season of Culture running from Autumn 2019 to Summer 2020, World Museum will stage the first ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside Japan (4 October 2019 to 13 April 2020). It draws on National Museums Liverpool’s rare archive of more than 300 exquisite preparatory drawings the artist used for teaching, for preparation of some of his major commissions, and as an aide-mémoire. A favourite of the Emperor of Japan, Taki Katei (1830 – 1901) was once the highest-paid artist in Tokyo, and his works travelled to international exhibitions around the world. This exhibition will tell the story of how this astonishing collection of ink drawings and watercolours travelled thousands of miles from an artist’s studio in Tokyo to a museum in Liverpool. 

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

In a world-first, the Museum of Liverpool is hosting Double Fantasy - John & Yoko, a ground-breaking exhibition telling John Lennon and Yoko Ono's story in their own words, exploring the personal and creative chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign. On display at the Museum of Liverpool, this is a must-visit exhibition. 

Practical information

Pick up and drop off coach parking is available outside the Walker Art Gallery and World Museum on William Brown Street, and on a number of Waterfront sites close to Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum. To find out more practical infomation about visiting with a community group, go to our plan your trip page. To make the most of your visit, pre-book your group visit with us.

What's on

See full exhibition and events listings of what's on at all our museums and galleries. Or see what's on at a specific museum or gallery:

  1. What's on at the International Slavery Museum
  2. What's on at the Lady Lever Art Gallery
  3. What's on at the Merseyside Maritime Museum
  4. What's on at Museum of Liverpool
  5. What's on at Seized! gallery (Border Force National Museum)
  6. What's on at Sudley House
  7. What's on at the Walker Art Gallery
  8. What's on at World Museum

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