Take a seat among the stars

Exclusive seat dedication opportunity in the England’s oldest working planetarium

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National Museums Liverpool has announced an exciting new opportunity to dedicate the name of someone special among the stars of World Museum’s much-loved planetarium.

Whether you want to celebrate a passion for science, or fond memories of past visits, a seat dedication ensures the name holds a special place within the extraordinary shows that carry thousands of people on journeys around the wonders of the universe every year.

As the oldest working planetarium in the England, World Museum’s planetarium has a proud history of education and innovation. Since it opened to the public in 1970, the planetarium has welcomed over half a million school children, inspiring generations of children from the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

National Museums Liverpool is delighted to announce an honorary seat has been accepted on behalf of Professor Stephen Hawking, who opened the museum’s Space and Time gallery via video link in 1993. Astronaut, Tim Peak, who hosted an unforgettable live event at World Museum from the International Space Station in 2016, and Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock, Space scientist, author and presenter of BBC’s The Sky at Night, who recently contributed her unique perspective to the museum’s Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition, have also accepted honorary seats.

National Museums Liverpool is also proud to dedicate seats to members of the World Museum team who have been so instrumental in the planetarium’s history: Dr Patrick Sudbury, Phil Philips MBE and Mike Graham.

Your seat dedication will not only place the name among the stars and this illustrious list of experts but will also help support the museum’s work to continue sharing the wonders of space for years to come.

You can name your seat with a minimum donation of £200. An engraved plaque will be attached to a planetarium seat for a minimum of five years and is accompanied by a downloadable certificate to print and display as a reminder of this special gift. Sponsor a seat now online at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/amongthestars



Laura Johnson

PR & Communications  laura.johnson@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk 



World Museum

Experience the wonders of life and the universe at World Museum, where millions of years of the world’s history are revealed. Find out how humans have shaped the planet we inhabit, from Africa to the Americas, Asia and Europe and how human behaviour is impacting our world today. Immerse yourself in Sarah Howe’s magical poetry about survival and loss in the World Cultures Gallery and learn more about how we are reinterpreting collections. Visit the Ancient Egypt gallery, which houses one of the finest ancient Egyptian and Nubian collections in Europe. We will take you to the farthest reaches of our spectacular world, diving down into underwater life in the newly refurbished Aquarium and blasting you off into the skies in the Space Gallery and our updated Planetarium.


National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool (NML) comprises seven venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. 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 attracted more than 3 million visitors in 2019. Our venues are Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Sudley House and Lady Lever Art Gallery. National Museums Liverpool is regulated by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport