Some of the country’s finest museums are just the ticket for a day trip with your friends and family. Some may be volunteer-led, some world-famous, but each have its own speciality. This year there are unique exhibitions you’ll have to be quick to see too. Whether you prefer a focus on our railway heritage or would love to glimpse into yesteryear, see what interests you and take your pick…
Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the World Museum, Liverpool – several dates
Don’t miss your chance to see this year’s landmark exhibition. For a limited time only, Liverpool’s World Museum is showcasing spectacular warriors from the tomb of China’s First Emperor — the first time in more than 10 years that they’ve been brought to the UK. You don’t have to be a history enthusiast to appreciate the extraordinary objects and artefacts, which date back from the 8th century BC to the 2nd century AD!
STEAM Museum – Saturday 17 March
Located on the site of what was once one of the largest railway engineering complexes in the world, the museum chronicles the rise of our railways and shares the story of the railway community in Swindon. Rolling stock and locomotives are also on display, such as ‘Caerphilly Castle’ and ‘King George V’.
National Railway Museum – Sunday 25 March
An exceptional museum containing a host of railway memorabilia, you can journey back in time to relive the golden steam era. With giant halls full of railway legends, get up close to locomotives and relics which tell an unrivalled story into our railway heritage.
Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings – Thursday 29 March
A fascinating open-air museum in rural Worcestershire, explore a collection of 30 lovingly restored and rescued buildings of historical and architectural interest. Relics of bygone eras include a 19th century working windmill, a medieval town house, a fully-furnished 1940s prefab, and the National Telephone Kiosk Collection spanning 700 years of local Midlands history.
London Museums – Tuesday 10 April
A ‘must-visit’ in the capital, the Natural History Museum, Science Museum or V&A Museum are one of the best attractions in London for free. Come face to face with lifelike animals of the world or follow the mystery trail around the Natural History Museum, find out about space, planes and more at the Science Museum, or visit the V&A Museum, the world’s greatest museum of art and design.
‘Ocean Liners: Speed & Style' Exhibition at V&A Museum – Tuesday 10 April
Since last month the V&A Museum has showcased the glamour of the world’s greatest ocean liners with a new exhibition. It’s a must for visitors wanting a glimpse into the unique journey behind impressive vessels including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra.
The Black Country Living Museum – Sunday 29 April
A great place to revisit time and time again, 2018 marks 40 years since the open-air museum opened. Today it’s filled with original period houses, a 1912 school, plus an underground mine, tramway and more. There’s plenty to keep everyone occupied, from the tailor’s shop to an old sweet & cake shop and chemist. Adding to the atmosphere are costumed characters making you feel like you are right back in a special time in history, at the once industrialised landscape of the Black Country.
View our full listings of day trips from Leicester here.