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Take a seat among the stars

Exclusive seat dedication opportunity in England’s oldest working planetarium

National Museums Liverpool has announced an exciting new opportunity to dedicate the name of someone special among the stars of World Museum’s much-loved planetarium.

Whether you want to celebrate a passion for science, or fond memories of past visits, a seat dedication ensures the name holds a special place within the extraordinary shows that carry thousands of people on journeys around the wonders of the universe every year.

As the oldest working planetarium in England, World Museum’s planetarium has a proud history of education and innovation. Since it opened to the public in 1970, the planetarium has welcomed over half a million school children, inspiring generations of children from the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

National Museums Liverpool is delighted to announce an honorary seat has been accepted on behalf of Professor Stephen Hawking, who opened the museum’s Space and Time gallery via video link in 1993.

Astronaut, Tim Peak, who hosted an unforgettable live event at World Museum from the International Space Station in 2016, and Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock, Space scientist, author and presenter of BBC’s The Sky at Night, who recently contributed her unique perspective to the museum’s Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition, have also accepted honorary seats.

National Museums Liverpool is also proud to dedicate seats to members of the World Museum team who have been so instrumental in the planetarium’s history: Dr Patrick Sudbury, Phil Philips MBE and Mike Graham.
A seat dedication will not only place the name among the stars and this illustrious list of experts but also supports the museum’s work to continue sharing the wonders of space for years to come.

A seat can be named with a minimum donation of £200. An engraved plaque will be attached to a planetarium seat for a minimum of five years and is accompanied by a downloadable certificate to print and display as a reminder of this special gift. Sponsor a seat now online at