World Museum in Liverpool is a fantastic place to visit, exhibiting dinosaurs, fish, outer space, and ancient treasures. We first visited when our twins were newborns and our eldest was just two years old and we’ve been a handful of times since. Although the drive from our home is under an hour, we rarely make the trip. I’d really like to change this, as there are so many interesting places to visit in Liverpool! We recently met some friends at “the Liverpool dinosaur museum”, as our children call it, where spent a fun and interesting day out.
The museum’s planetarium is a big draw for our space-mad children. There are a number of short shows throughout the day, suitable for various age ranges. There is a small cost for tickets. The museum attendant recommended ‘Astronaut George’ for our group. The show was fun and interactive, with model inflatable planets. Our six- and four-year-olds found it a bit basic, as they know a lot about space. They enjoyed the session but we think it would better suit toddlers and preschoolers.
Next to the planetarium is a gallery filled with space exploration paraphernalia. Old telescopes, models of the solar system, and a video of Tim Peake captivated our children.
Our children’s favourite exhibit at World Museum is the small aquarium, where they can look into starfish pools and spot ‘Nemo’ and ‘Dory’ in the tropical tanks. The gallery is a manageable size with lots to look at and there’s a colouring table for little children. The display outside the aquarium gallery is fascinating and full of weird and wonderful species, including a giant snake eel (not the technical term).
On our first visit, our eldest was wary of the Bug House, which contains scaled-up versions of common insects. He has since refused to enter this gallery and has convinced his brother and sister that it is terrifying, so, unfortunately, we always give it a miss!
Dinosaurs and animals
The prehistoric exhibit contains fossils, dinosaur skeletons, and lots of interesting information about paleontological finds. As we walked on to the natural history gallery, the children found the stuffed animals quite scary and rushed through! We adults thought the exhibits were fascinating, and we explored the different habitats to find out which animals live in them. Our eldest’s especially liked the jungle habitat, with its colourful birds and small monkeys.
Across the bridge is the Clore Natural History Centre, an interactive gallery where visitors can touch some of the museum’s collections. While we visited, a museum worker was giving a talk on a prehistoric girl’s skeleton, which we all found very interesting. The kids enjoyed exploring natural history finds, especially touching items that are normally safe behind glass. My favourite thing in the whole museum was the hippopotamus skull, which was so much bigger than I expected!
- Parking? Scarce outside the museum, so travel by train or use one of the nearby pay-and-display car parks.
- Refreshments? Spacious museum cafe, or bring your own food and eat in the picnic area.
- Loos? Yes, plenty.
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