Eureka! plans second site in Liverpool
Childrens’ museum also to expand original Halifax venue
Eureka! the UK's only national children's museum is planning to open a second site in Liverpool.
The £11m project on a site next to a ferry terminal could open in 2021 if fundraising is successful and the building will be designed to focus on an older seven to 14 year old age range. Eureka wants it to be 'filled with things to do that develop the technical and digital skills of children and teenagers to help them meet the demands of a changing 21st century workforce'. The proposal will be funded by grants, donations and partnerships.
The move comes as the existing museum in Halifax marks its 25th anniversary with an expansion into the Great Northern Shed heritage building next door
Since it opened in July 1992, Eureka! Halifax has welcomed more than 7.5m visitors through its doors and is one of the north’s most popular family attractions.
Eureka! chairman Peter Smart said: “Both of these announcements cement a strong future for Eureka! and, most importantly, an exciting and fun one for our visitors young and old.
"We are still in the early stages of both projects but are so pleased to finally be able to talk about them to start building the momentum for the next 25 years of Eureka!”
Eureka! chief executive Leigh-Anne Stradeski said: “Eureka! has always had ambitions to extend beyond West Yorkshire and we have actively been looking for sites for development throughout the UK.