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Mother’s Day ideas at National Museums Liverpool

1 March 2016 by Laura

Mother’s Day is just round the corner. The shops are full of gift ideas but they’re not terribly inspiring or original.

The woman who gave us life, blew our noses, read us stories and waved us off to that music festival with a determined smile but unmistakable look of fear behind the eyes (…just me?), deserves something special.

So we’ve come up with a few ways to spoil your mum this year and because all mums are different we’ve tried to think of something for everyone…

Water and buildings

Women on the Waterfront events on 5 & 6 March.

Inspiring mum
If you’re lucky enough to have an inspirational mum perhaps she’d appreciate you returning the favour by discovering together the stories of other inspiring females in our Women on the Waterfront event. With International Women’s Day (8 March) following so swiftly after Mother’s Day this year, we couldn’t resist this opportunity to celebrate both with style at our waterfront venues: International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Seized! and Museum of Liverpool. From suffragette performances to roller derby demonstrations, the weekend of Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March is packed with special talks, performances and family friendly craft sessions which celebrate the achievements of local women.

Woman and child choose cake

Afternoon tea at Maritime Dining Room. Image © Mark McNulty

Foodie mum
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that mums love afternoon tea. And if they don’t what’s not to love about locally-sourced delicious food? The Maritime Dining Room provides both as well as cracking views of the Albert Dock.

Women in exhibition

Pre-Raphaelite: Beauty and Rebellion runs until 5 June. Image © David Jones

Romantic mum
Is your mum a sucker for a tale of romance? Does she go misty-eyed at the very thought of doomed love or the sight of a tortured soul? If so Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion is the perfect way to make her Mother’s Day one to remember. Romance, heartache, beauty and tragedy, the Pre-Raphaelites left no aspect of Victorian melodrama untouched. This major exhibition has the added extra of presenting Liverpool’s role in this explosive art movement and as such, features a selection of fine local landscapes, rich in detail. While you’re there check out the gorgeous exhibition gift shop.

Two women pushing prams

Travel the world in our World Cultures gallery. Image © Mark McNulty

Spiritual mum
Does your mum have wanderlust? Would you love to treat her to a trip around the world but struggle to stretch much further than a Saveaway? The World Cultures gallery at World Museum is a treasure trove of objects which reveal cultures from far off lands. Depending which end you start at, the gallery swoops you up on a journey from Asia, Oceania, The Americas and Africa. Along the way you will come across breathtaking examples of Chinese ceramics, striking Maori jewellery, some very cool Inuit sunglasses and a range of formidable African masks, to name but a small few. Traditions, beliefs and religions are explained through thousands of objects and create a sense of a wondrous world and incredible human endeavour. A beautiful place to spend an afternoon with your mum and make plans for an adventure!


Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight village. Image © Fotography

Outdoorsy mum
We have two beautiful galleries out of the city. Sudley House is surrounded by fields with tremendous views across South Liverpool down to the Mersey. Why not take your mum for a walk around the grounds and reward your efforts with cake in Sudley’s café? While there you can impress her by telling her she is in the midst of the only Victorian merchant’s art collection still in its original domestic setting! She will get a sense of how a wealthy family lived by wandering around the rooms and enjoying works by major artists such as Turner, Gainsborough and Romney.

The Lady Lever Art Gallery is nestled in the heart of Port Sunlight village. A chocolate box location, the village is delightful to stroll around and take in an extraordinary mixture of architectural styles, peaceful greens and the jewel in the crown, the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Loaded with treasures your mum will be dazzled by the artwork and fascinated by how this incredible collection was built by one man. And if all the walking and art appreciation has built up an appetite, the gallery’s café is serving hot meals and delicious snacks.

All proceeds from National Museums Liverpool's shops go towards our work.

All proceeds from National Museums Liverpool’s shops go towards our work. Image © Robin Clewley

Magpie mum
Does your mum just love beautiful things? We have selected a few ideas for original gifts, from the small and shiny variety to the bold and quirky! All proceeds from our shops and restaurants support National Museums Liverpool. Or if your mum loves visiting our venues perhaps you could consider making her a member. By doing so you will be contributing to our world class collections and your mum can take advantage of exclusive benefits.



  1. dickie felton says:

    Great blog Laura! Just been showing this to the PR students at Edge Hill today -we are looking at what makes a successful blog! Dickie

    • Laura says:

      Thanks! I do like a list. I hope we see lots of EH students with their mums at the museums this weekend!

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