Interactive museums, hands-on science discovery centres and art galleries suitable for families with children in Liverpool & Wirral.
Birkenhead Priory & St Mary’s Tower
Priory Street, Birkenhead
Explore this Benedictine Monastery (1150AD), the oldest standing building on Merseyside. Climb the tower for great views across the Mersey. Family discovery trail. Try on Medieval costumes.
Purpose-built arts project with galleries hosting regular family workshops. Cinema hosting kids’ club, parent and baby and autism-friendly screenings. Cafe.
International Slavery Museum
Based in the Merseyside Maritime Museum at Liverpool’s Albert Dock. Explores both the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery telling stories of bravery and rebellion amongst the enslaved people. Free programme of events and activities.
Kirkby Gallery situated inside Kirkby Centre displays work by local, regional, national and international artists including touring exhibitions from the Hayward Gallery, Knowsley’s Annual Open Exhibition, schools, and community arts as well as exhibitions exploring our heritage.
There are activities for children and young people to help explore the exhibitions.
Lady Lever Art Gallery
Art gallery displaying world famous masterpieces inc. sculptures and paintings by Turner and Constable. Self-guiding kids’ quiz tours. Frequent family friendly activities including craft sessions and storytime at weekends.
Make & Explore
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Join in with our morning sessions for under-5’s in a dedicated space in the Williamson Café. Our artist in residence Nicola creates innovative sessions for young artists and their parents/carers.
Sessions run every Thursday in term time, start at 10am and are always free.
0151 666 3537
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Story of Liverpool’s maritime history, emigration and slavery. Programme of children’s activities. Free family activities in the Seized! gallery. Sea Urchins play area.
Museum of Liverpool
Demonstrates Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world and showcase popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues.
National Conservation Centre
See craftspeople conserving art and sculpture.
Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village
Port Sunlight, Wirral
Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village offers family fun throughout the year, featuring a Museum, sprawling gardens and a tearoom.
Prescot Museum presents a range of permanent and temporary displays, celebrating the history of Prescot, including the town’s watchmaking past, former industries, local people and more. Children’s drawing and sculpture activities on Saturday mornings.
Space-themed scientific attraction with lots of hands-on interactive exhibits. The Space Dome is a 360 degree dome screen with space shows at weekends and in the school holidays. Ride on the thrilling Space Ride cosmic coaster. Sci-fi fans will enjoy the collection of Star War memorabilia too! You can buy combined tickets with the Mersey Ferries and the U-boat Story for a family day out.
Free family activities all year. Special events in the school holidays. Activity packs available.
Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, just 3 minutes’ walk from Southport train station. We offer an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike! With family theatre, The Art Box, Gallery and Museum!
The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB
Family friendly events. Gallery trail. Free, fun, creative drop-in activities for all the family every Saturday. Play area in bistro. Garden to play in.
The Hardmans’ House
Time capsule of post-war years. Unopened food rations, glamorous period clothing, evocative original photographs. Book your place on a tour in advance.
Paintings and sculptures 1350-today. Storywalkers – a programme of activities for young children. Big Art for Little Artists, a special gallery for under-9s with lots of kids’ activities. Free.
Victoria Gallery & Museum
Fantastic gallery & museum near the centre of Liverpool with many free events on for kids.
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Slatey Road, Birkenhead
Victorian oil paintings, watercolours, Liverpool porcelain, and a range of collections from local history and ship models to fine decorative arts.
Free family drop-in workshops every other Saturday.
World Museum Liverpool
World Museum is an ultra family-friendly museum hosting frequent family friendly activities and events. It’s famous for its Egyptian collection – who’s not fascinated by a mummy? Kids will love the aquarium and bug house, the fossils and dinosaurs. There’s a planetarium with daily shows (small charge) for different ages as well a space gallery with rockets, meteorites and moon rocks. Best of all – it’s free to enter!
World of Glass
Galleries and interactive exhibits. Victorian furnace and labyrinth of tunnels, mirror maze, interactive play area, glass blowing demonstration.