National Museums Liverpool (NML) have launched their out of this world programme for 2022 and the start of 2023 with exhibitions all definitely worth adding to your diary. 

Journey through space and time at the World Museum in Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder, explore the politics, family ties and intrigue of the Tudor Court in The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics at Walker Art Gallery and so much more across their seven venues. 

Have a look at the exhibitions below and see which ones you’ll be heading to Liverpool for. 

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder

World Museum

27 May - 30 October 2022

A thrilling new interactive exhibition exploring the world of science within the universe of Doctor Who lands in Liverpool for the world premiere of Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder.

From epic monsters to costumes and props, science is brought to life exploring some of the Doctor’s many adventures and encounters through space and time. This exhibition will see visitors engage with original artifacts, sets and much more making it a must-see for any fan of Doctor Who and science enthusiasts too. 

Guests will discover the science that weaves its way through the history of the longest-running sci-fi TV show in the world, which has been on our screens for almost 60 years. Explore the past, present and future of the Earth in this imaginative new exhibition, presented by Sarner International. 

Ticket Information

Member's: Free

Adults: £14

Concessions: £13

Children 6-17: £8

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

Walker Art Gallery 

21 May - 29 August 2022

Step back in time to the Tudor court and discover the fascinating politics, powerful family connections and unique culture of the most famous royals in history. 

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics presents the five Tudor monarchs: Henry VII; Henry VIII; Edward VI; Mary I; and Elizabeth I – some of the most familiar figures from English history and instantly recognisable in the portraits that have preserved their likenesses for 500 years. The dynasty’s reign over 16th-century England, from 1485 to 1603, encompassed the tumultuous years of the Reformation, a literary renaissance, conflict with Scotland, France and Spain, and conquest and colonisation in Ireland and America.

Showcasing some of the most famous portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, the exhibition will open at the Walker Art Gallery in May. It includes 68 works from the National Portrait Gallery, paintings from the Walker Art Gallery’s collection and a selection of additional loans, including the extraordinary Westminster Tournament Roll (College of Arms, London) and some of the Armada Maps (National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth).

Portraits on display will include the Tudor monarchs, alongside their counsellors and courtiers: Thomas More; Thomas Cromwell; Robert Dudley; William Cecil; and Francis Walsingham. Some of the works included in the exhibition have never been shown outside of London, including a portrait of Jane Seymour, after Hans Holbein the Younger, and the highly unusual Sir Henry Unton portrait.

The exhibition will consider the Tudors from a range of perspectives, spotlighting some historically underrepresented aspects of the period including Black Tudor history and LGBTQ+ history.

A partnership exhibition between National Museums Liverpool, The Holburne Museum Bath and the National Portrait Gallery.

Ticket Information

Member's: Free

Adults: £13

Concessions £12

Children 6-17: £6


Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Building

15 July - 30 October 2022

As a platform for multiple voices, this project will influence and shape the International Slavery Museum’s transformation, through exciting new ideas and experimental approaches to how we interpret our past and look forward to the future. 

The second in a series of pop up displays, Khaleb Brooks’ Jupiter’s Song opens at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building from 15 July to 30 October 2022. The international interdisciplinary artist will deliver a powerful intervention, exploring perspectives and experiences inspired by the Earle collection of documents at the International Slavery Museum. Khaleb Brooks is an artist, researcher and writer exploring blackness, transness and collective memory. Through sculpture, printmaking, painting and performance, his work melds together memories of the middle passage, emancipation and disrupted identities, offering spaces of healing and mourning through surrealism.

Ticket Information

Free entry, contributions welcome

Kunichika: Japanese Prints

Lady Lever Art Gallery

15 April - 4 September 2022

This stunning new exhibition of prints by Toyohara Kunichika (1843-1900) is an exciting follow up of the gallery’s 2017 popular exhibition Edo-Pop.

Kunichika was one of the most important 19th-century print makers in Japan. Born in Edo (present day Toyko), Kunichika was trained by Kunisada, the leading print maker of the time, and went on to be a highly original master in his own right. Kunichika embraced modern subjects and his prints reflected the great social and political change in Japan at time. Best known for his depictions of the Kabuki theatre, capturing the drama and excitement of scenes from popular plays and famous actors, this exhibition, drawn from a private collection, is a beautiful must-see, and the first outside Japan to focus on the work of Kunichika.

Ticket Information

Pay What You Think

Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool 

Walker Art Gallery

29 April 2022 - 8 January 2023

Enjoy work by local artists in Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool, a new exhibition borne from a project called Refractive Pool, celebrating the diversity of painting in the city today.

The exhibition is the culmination of events, a book and online resources, researching and highlighting Liverpool’s diverse range of artists and contemporary painting. Led by Liverpool-based artists Josie Jenkins and Brendan Lyons, the exhibition will feature 20 local artists, selected and curated by Josie and Brendan to give an overview of the dynamic community of painters based in the city.  

The Refractive Pool book will feature 40 Liverpool-based artists who work with paint, as well as including exclusive new poetry by Paul Farley. The project has been supported by funding from Arts Council England.

Ticket Information

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Inspired by Lady Lever

Lady Lever Art Gallery

24 June 2022 - 29 January 2023

A fabulous gown created for Lady Lever will go on display for the first time, celebrating 100 years of history at the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the life of the woman it’s named after.

Elizabeth Lever was a support and inspiration to her husband throughout the development of the business and the village of Port Sunlight. Although Lord Leverhulme named the gallery after his wife, who died in 1913, there is very little in the gallery about Elizabeth herself. A recent rediscovery in the gallery store of a court dress, which belonged to Elizabeth, has provided the opportunity to exhibit this personal piece of history of Elizabeth Lever and shed more light on her story. 

As part of the celebrations for the gallery’s centenary year, the Inspired by Lady Lever display will also include the thoughts of visitors past and present, to help build a picture of what the gallery has meant to people throughout its history. Working with the Port Sunlight Village Trust and Unilever, this event will also encourage local residents and visitors to share their recollections and reflections through the display and hear about the future vision for this much-loved venue.

Ticket Information

Free entry, contributions welcome

Sophie Hayes Foundation Freedom Quilt

International Slavery Museum

14 October 2022 - 31 March 2023

On display from 14 October, the International Slavery Museum has joined with Sophie Hayes Foundation and Liberty in a creative collaboration as part of the Freedom Quilt campaign. Bringing together current and past participants and graduates of Sophie Hayes Foundation employability programmes in the traditional craft of quilting, each square will embody their past and future hopes and dreams.

Created using Liberty’s Fabrics, every square made by participating women in London, Birmingham and Manchester, is sewn together to form one large quilt.

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Pure Brilliance: The Boodles Story

Lady Lever Art Gallery

22 October 2022 - 5 March 2023

Pure Brilliant: The Boodles Story marks the glittering start of the new exhibition season.

An exploration of Boodles’ 200 year story shows how Liverpool has helped shape the company’s growth, from a family jewellery business to purveyors of some of the most stunning jewels in the world. The breathtaking skill, creativity and craftsmanship of the pieces on display resonates with the collections of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, which celebrates its 100-year anniversary in December 2022.

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Pay what you think.

Art of The Terraces

Walker Art Gallery

5 November 2022 - 12 March 2023

Combining fashion, football and art, as told from the terraces of the stadiums, Art of the Terraces is the first major exhibition about a movement that defined sports culture of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

A fusion of art, fashion, and popular culture, it explores the work of a generation of contemporary artists and designers who have been influenced by this movement over the last 40 years. Led by National Museums Liverpool, this ground-breaking exhibition is a collaboration with four external partners: Dave Hewitson, creator of the 80sCasuals website and clothing brand; Hamburg-based artist Jens Wagner; illustrator Peter O’Toole, and graphic designer Adam Gill of Grammar Studio, Huddersfield.

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Return of the Gods: Zeus, Athena, Hercules

World Museum

10 February 2023 - 16 July 2023

Featuring a stunning collection of sculpture and antiquities, Return of the Gods: Zeus, Athena, Hercules will immerse visitors into the ancient world.

Told through the words of poets and writers, the sounds of mystery cults, rituals and festivals and the public and private worship of gods. Learn of the importance of the gods to ancient Greeks and Romans and how in life and death they sought their advice, favour, healing and fortune.

Kathryn Maple

Walker Art Gallery

11 February - 30 april 2023

A display of new works by 2020 John Moores Painting Prize winner Kathryn Maple will open at Walker Art Gallery alongside the public call for entries for the 62nd edition of the prize.

The display will feature Maple’s largest work to date and will show a combination of drawings and oil paintings that explore her ongoing themes of figures in familiar urban and rural spaces. Prospective entrants for the next John Moores Painting Prize will be able to submit their work for consideration for the prize from 13 February 2023.

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Liverpool Wonderous Place

Museum of Liverpool

Wonderous Place celebrates the city’s staggering roll call of trailblazing entertainers, musicians, sports people, writers, poets, visual artists and comedians. The gallery continues to showcase Liverpool’s internationally recognised creative expression and influence through exciting new displays and immersive experiences.

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