Did you know that it’s Museum Shop Sunday on 26 November? It’s the perfect opportunity to head down to one of the city’s museums or galleries to start ticking things off family and friends’ Christmas lists, and give something a little bit different this year, that can’t be found on the high street.
National Museums Liverpool’s venues across the city offer perfect gifts for a range of different interests; from nautical knickknacks in Merseyside Maritime Museum, to dinotastic toys in World Museum. Best of all, every purchase made in National Museums Liverpool’s shops support our museums and galleries! Take a look at our guide below to find out what's available this Museum Shop Sunday to make sure you're ready for the festive season.
China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition tickets
Liverpool’s World Museum will play host to this blockbuster exhibition from 9 February, with visitors expected to flock from around the country to see objects from the 2,000 year old tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Spanning almost 1,000 years of Chinese history, the exhibition will include a number of objects that have never been on show in the UK before. Treat your family and friends to a ticket this Christmas to make sure they don’t miss out! Tickets are available online, with prices from £14.50 for adults, £13.00 for concessions and £5.50 for children aged between 6 and 17 years. Entry to the exhibition is free to children aged 5 years and under. Memberships are also available from £30, offering free unlimited entry to the exhibition.
Special Scouse gifts
We stock a wide range of Christmas cards and decorations but our Scouse-themed rustic baubles are a favourite with locals. Made from natural wood, they’re emblazoned with statements like ‘Home is Liverpool at Christmas’ and ‘Am dreamin’ of a Scouse Crimbo’. Available online and at Museum of Liverpool, from £5.25
In addition to prints, greeting cards and stationery, we have an extensive collection of 2018 calendars available to purchase. The Liverpool 2018 calendar features 12 stunning photographs of iconic places and art work from around the city, including the Gates to China Town, Sefton Park Palm House, the Beatles Statue at the Pier Head, the Royal Liver Building and St Georges Hall, to name but a few. Available online and from all National Museums Liverpool venues, £5.95
Homeware inspired by Liverpool’s heritage
Our venue shops are full of gifts inspired by Liverpool’s culture and heritage, including fabulous homeware and ornaments. One of our bestselling items is this fantastic replica of the iconic Super Lambanana statue. The Super Lambanana is an original work of art by Japan-based artist Taro Chiezo and was created in 1998, designed to warn of the dangers of genetically modified food while also reflecting Liverpool’s history as a port city, trading in commodities such as Lancashire wool and Fyffes bananas. The statue currently stands outside Liverpool John Moores University on Tithebarn Street. Available online and from World Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool, £33.50.
Know somebody who loves art? This beautiful piece by local artist Jo Gough shows the magnificent Three Graces in a unique floral design. Available online and from Walker Art Gallery and Museum of Liverpool.
Picture perfect accessories
We also stock a wide range of accessories, from fabulous jewellery to cosy hats and scarves. Keep the winter weather at bay with this fabulous Liverpool skyline umbrella - who knew you could be so stylish battling the rain? Available online and from all National Museums Liverpool venues, £14.95
Walker Art Gallery, Museum of Liverpool and Lady Lever Art Gallery have a great range of autumnal accessories inspired by this year's nature fashion trend, such as this fabulous stag scarf. The collection also includes hats, gloves and socks, ideal for the colder months. Available online and from Walker Art Gallery, Museum of Liverpool and Lady Lever Art Gallery, £22.00
Quirky kids’ gifts
World Museum’s newly redeveloped shop is the go-to place for children’s gifts, from NASA-inspired merchandise for wannabe astronauts to exciting Egyptian toys. A favourite among visitors of all ages is Terry the T.Rex. He has a bright green knitted body with stitched eye detail and big, white, felt teeth. He even comes in two sizes! Available online and from World Museum, £14.00
Liverpudlians with a passion for Harry Potter will no doubt be aware that our city has played a part in the hugely successful film franchise, with cast and crew visiting Liverpool back in 2009 to film scenes in the Queensway Tunnel. Fans will be delighted to know that our shop at the Museum of Liverpool has a range of magical gifts on offer to anyone who may be looking for a perfect Potter piece this Christmas, from Sirius-ly cool signs to magical mugs. This 500-piece jigsaw featuring the four houses of Hogwarts is perfect for keeping the kids entertained during the festive season. Available online and from Museum of Liverpool, £15.00