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Free family fun at National Museums Liverpool this half-term

18 October 2016 by Megan

skeleton-blogAre you in for a trick or treat this Halloween at National Museums Liverpool? There is an exciting line up of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy across the museums and galleries this half-term. Join in with spooky lanterns, ghost stories, skeletons and Day of the Dead celebrations.

If you’re heading into the City Centre we have craft activities and events for everyone to get involved in!

The Museum of Liverpool is the setting for transport-themed family activities and workshops inspired by the fantastic collections, including the Liverpool Overheard Railway carriage, a Ford Anglia model and Lion, the famous steam engine.

Visitors can become a train, horse, car and many more on a journey through the Museum in the I like to move it move it (26 & 28 October) events; an exploration of the transport collection for children under eight. There are also transport-themed crafts and stories for families throughout half-term. (24-28 October)

Over at the Albert Dock, Merseyside Maritime Museum is getting ready for Halloween by creating lantern crafts (27 & 30 October). Come along to make your own spooky lantern to take home with you.
At Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered visitors can enter the world of the Customs Officer – a dark and unseen place of smuggling, intrigue and danger, where things are not always what they seem. Investigate a smuggler’s hoard and handle real seized contraband (23 & 30 October) or make a colourful decoration (25 & 26 October) inspired by the Seized! animal collection.

Upstairs in Merseyside Maritime Museum is the International Slavery Museum. Opened in 2007, it is the only museum of its kind to look at aspects of historical and contemporary slavery, as well as being an international hub for resources on human rights issues.

Come along to see the fantastic Afro Supa Hero exhibition, celebrating the importance of role models and icons. The exhibition highlights the importance of Black heroes and role models within society and their ability to have a positive impact on the lives and aspirations of us all.

This half-term there are some ‘supa’ exciting events , tied to the exhibition, including crafts sessions (24-28 October) for families to create their own super hero and a photo booth and costumes (27 & 28 October) for those who want to record becoming a super hero themselves!

day-of-the-dead-blogFive floors of intrigue and excitement at World Museum help visitors to explore the whole world. From the wonders of space, treasures from around the globe, and live creatures in the Bug House and Aquarium, there is something for everyone including, Animal Mummies Revealed. This new fascinating exhibition explores ancient Egyptian animal mummies, prepared in their millions as votive offerings to the gods.

It’s also shark week at World Museum. Get creative with drop in craft sessions (24-30 October) to celebrate and learn more about the most misunderstood predator of the sea. Visitors can also celebrate Day of the Dead (29 & 30 October) at World Museum this Halloween. Death is a lively, colourful celebration in Mexico. During the celebrations Mexicans fill their cemeteries and streets with skeleton and skull decorations, bright flowers and candy. Come along to make masks, skeletons and help create a communal Day of the Dead art piece. The final piece will be used as a backdrop for a special Day of the Dead ceremony.

The Walker Art Gallery is one of the finest art galleries in Europe, and the perfect place to take inquisitive children. Home to Renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country, the Gallery also has Big Art for Little Artists, a dedicated space for children. Stocked with costumes, stories, trails and games, families can explore the world-class collection in a fun way.

This half-term the Walker Art Gallery has a special visitor; Felix the Cat. Felix has inspired the Education team at the Gallery so much that they have come up with a host of fun cat-themed activities for everyone. Create cat masks (26, 27, 28 & 29 October), pick up a pencil and draw your own cat (24-29 October) or you can pick up on the free cat trails (24-29 October) and explore the galleries looking out for some feline friends. Don’t forget to show Felix the Cat all your wonderful creations!felix-blog

Outside of the city centre are two more wonderful art galleries; the Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House. These are not to be missed and a can be the perfect escape.

The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral is a beautiful building housing one of the UK’s finest collections of fine and decorative art. A recent development has seen the South End Galleries returned to their original architectural glory, complete with fascinating interactives to help families get to grips with the spectacular collection.

While having a looking around watch out for Pesta, the Gallery’s spooky guide. Join Pesta (28 October) for a family-friendly, spooky tour of the Gallery and hear some scary stories.

In South Liverpool, Sudley House is a great place to explore and learn about life in Victorian England. Take the family to the childhood rooms where they will see how children spent their time in the days before Minecraft and YouTube! Young fashionistas may be interested in the exhibition Putting on the Glitz, a glamourous display of 1930s fashion. The house is set in large grounds, with views of the Mersey.

There are lots to do, so for more details of our half-term events and how to book places, please visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/halfterm

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