Eureka! The National Children’s Museum secures £3m for new Mersey venue

Eureka! Mersey aims to open in 2021
Patrick Steel
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum has been awarded £3m in funding from the Inspiring Science Fund towards a new venue at Seacombe Ferry Terminal in Wallasey on the Mersey.

The organisation, which currently has one venue in Halifax, needs to raise a total of £11m to realise its plan for the new museum, which will be called Eureka! Mersey, and is set to open in 2021.

The museum aims to appeal primarily to seven to 14-year-olds, inspiring them to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, and will include an interactive exhibition space with workshops, a shop, café and adjoining outdoor science park.

“I am absolutely delighted by this news,” said Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Eureka!’s chief executive. “We are moving closer and closer to bringing Eureka! to the Wirral waterfront and truly believe it will transform the lives of local children and young people.

“This funding from the Inspiring Science scheme is a major step forward for our aspirations to create this world-class visitor attraction in partnership with Wirral Council, Merseytravel and the Liverpool City Region LEP. We are absolutely thrilled and it means we can now develop our plans further, working towards delivering a centre which reflects the context, spirit and ambitions of the area.”

The National Children’s Museum in Halifax has had 7 million visitors since it opened in 1992.

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