Our guide to LightNight

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Looking to make plans for Friday 13 May? We’ve got you covered.

Here’s our guide to LightNight at the Walker Art Gallery, International Slavery Museum and Merseyside Maritime Museum.


Come along to the Walker Art Gallery as we open our doors until 10pm to celebrate LightNight and our spectacular exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion. More than 30,000 people have already visited the exhibition with fantastic reviews. Featuring more than 120 paintings by leading Pre-Raphaelite artists, tickets are just £7 for adults and £5 for concessions (18 and under go free). And you can have fun recreating the flame-haired beauties from the paintings in the Big Booth photo booth. Use our fun box of props and create your own Pre-Raphaelite inspired look - and get a free photo print to take away with you. The café will be open to enjoy a coffee and cake, as will the shop where you can pick up our exhibition catalogue (£14.99), featuring new research into the Pre-Raphaelite movement in Liverpool.

Afro Supa Hero launch

Join us for the launch of Afro Supa Hero, an exhibition of comic books, action figures and games celebrating popular icons of the African diaspora at the International Slavery Museum. Be one of the first people in the city to see artist Jon Daniel’s unique and inspirational exhibition and join him for an exclusive tour of the exhibition and a question and answer session. There are plenty of other activities too, including comic book-making inspired by the 80s super hero theme and a chance to create a badge to match.  The shop, on the ground floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, will also be open featuring a range of Afro Supa Hero merchandise.


No LightNight evening would be complete without making a stop to refuel, and what better place than at the Maritime Dining Room with stunning views across both the Albert Dock and Liverpool Waterfront. With firm favourites on the menu such as our renowned Lancashire beef burger and a good old bowl of Scouse, plus a bar, at great prices, it’s the perfect pitstop.  A children’s menu is also available. Book your table by calling 0151 478 4056.

Flashback to 1986

Come along to Merseyside Maritime Museum and get into the party spirit as we celebrate LightNight with a nod to 1986, the year the Museum opened 30 years ago! Go back to the 80s – or introduce your kids to a fabulous musical era – with musical performances and craft activities.

Family fun at the Walker Art Gallery

Bring the whole family along for a fun-filled evening at the Walker Art Gallery. Children can explore their artistic talents with costumes, puppets, stories and crafts in our Big Art For Little Artists Gallery until 8pm. Take part in the family junk drumming workshops from 5.30-7pm, to experiment with different materials to create new sounds. And listen – or dance – to some fabulous performances from the Liverpool Show Choir, Regency Re-jigged and Barbershop Chorus.

So, as you can see, there is something for everyone at our venues this LightNight. Share your stories on Twitter and Facebook using #LightNight