If you fancy yourself as a bit of a history buff or would like a day trip out with an educational twist for the kids, then this is the place for you – The Terracotta Army Exhibition at The Liverpool Museum. The exhibition showcases never seen before in the UK, artifacts excavated from Emperor Quin Shi Huang burial ground – The First Emperor of China.
We arrived with a pram loaded with coats, brollies, baby bags, an eight-month old baby and toddler in tow. The usual family day dressage. It’s a fantastic exhibition and quite sizable too, taking at least one and half hours to get around. So, if you’re tempted to look, here is what to expect if you take your family with you.
Upon entering the exhibition your met with a bag search, for security reasons, so try not to pack everything but the kitchen sink, because this will slow you down. If you have your pram with you, across from the bag search point is a buggy park. WARNING you can’t take your pram through the exhibition, so if you have a baby, bring a sling or a baby carrier. Give yourself at least 30 minutes to do all this before the exhibition is due to start, to account for any delays, queues etc.
Once your past the first check point, you can take the lift to the second floor. Now unfortunately the lift is TINY and not built for a huge exhibition as this, but the staff are great, and when they spot its getting too busy at the lift they direct you through a side entrance door to their tradesman lift, which is big, so the queue is soon reduced.
Now it pains me to say this because I enjoyed it so much but …. if you’re thinking of getting a quick drink or light bite at the museum cafe on the ground floor, think again! The queue is HUGE and riddled with staff teething problems making service even slower, so make sure your fed and watered before your arrival. Sorry team LM!
Once you reach the exhibition, there’s a free cloak room – my advice is check your coat in, because it’s warm in there. I noticed on my second visit that the museum has added several air conditioning units, which am sure was a result of customer feedback, but even with this latest edition, it’s still warm.
The staff are friendly and helpful, and there’s plenty of them. We unfortunately arrived a little late and stressed, because we had to deal with a temper tantrum over pushing lift buttons. Accompanied by, an untimely comfort break for Dad just as we were about to enter the exhibition, however, staff were great. Gaz was shimmied through a side exit to the loo, and escorted back into the exhibition with no fuss, and we were given some time for my son to calm down before we joined the group.
If you want to make it a full jam-packed day, visit the museum too, and my own personal favorite, the planetarium. Tickets cost £14 adults, £13 concessions, £5.50 children aged 6-17 years of age and free for children aged 5 and under. Visit the museum’s website through the link below, for more information. The exhibition is on till 28th October 2018. Enjoy!
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