Opening Times

The museum & theatre are open on Saturdays from 10am-1pm from February to November.

We are closed on the following days: over Easter and 26 November 2016.




An Exhibition with and about People with Down’s Syndrome 29 October 2016 to 12 March 2017. Bonn Germany.


Disability and Language

Looking at the language used to describe disabled people, the language disabled use to express themselves. This includes literature, history, oral history and coverage in the newspapers and other print media.

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The History of Place delivery team are looking for volunteers with enquiring minds. You could help us with a ground-breaking national project which will celebrate the lives of deaf & disabled people through history. Come and join our Volunteer Research and Archive Group, carry out research in local and private archives as part of this Heritage Lottery Funded project. Your discoveries will be shared through our website, films, games and exhibitions at M Shed, Museum of Liverpool and the V&A. We welcome applications from deaf and disabled people. For details see here.

What our visitors say

What a revelation! Super!!

Very informative visit and good to hear about the enlightened work of Dr John Langdon Down and that his legacy has a home

Very thought provoking. Historically important

What a fantastic experience – I will be back with more visitors

Excellent exhibition and I have learnt so much

An invaluable glimpse into an admirable institution.

Really interesting exhibits and the theatre is amazing

As a distant relative of James Henry Pullen this was absolutely fascinating.

I learned of the museum from the Great British Railway Journeys … Wonderful day, thanks.

Very interesting and inspiring

Delightful, so much to see and think about. Thank you!


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Great Names in the Social History of Learning Disability

11am – 12 noon Saturday 12 November 2016

Past examples of good ideas and practice are very relevant today. Has the legacy of these thinkers and reformers been fulfilled? In the communities set up by Dr John Langdon Down, Karl König (Camphill Movement), Jean Vanier (L’Arche) and the Rev Andrew Reed (Earlswood Asylum). The new thinking and research of Hans Asperger, Wolf Wolfensberger, Édouard Séguin and Dr John Conolly. The campaigning of Brian Rix.  Cost: Free.

See Talks and Tours in 2016

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You can download our children’s trail here or pick up a free copy in the museum

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Childrens trail

‘Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past’. The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) has received £85,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its exciting project: ‘Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past’.  The HLF’s grant means that vital building works can begin to protect the rare, Victorian Grade II* listed theatre and its remarkable collection of original, hand painted scenery.  The scenery, which has no equal anywhere else in Britain, is extraordinarily complete with more than 80 flats, 18 borders, 5 painted cloths and many individual pieces. Read full story here.


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