There's a whole host of activities at the museum to experience, and with your annual pass you can enjoy them for free.
Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, Ellesmere Port was the largest Inland Waterway dock complex in the UK. Look out across the River Mersey to Liverpool, and that’s where goods were moved from ocean going ships onto narrow boats and barges so they could move relatively swiftly along the canal network.
Here's a list of the things not to miss at the museum this summer.
With the help of 21st century technology we’re bringing Ellesmere Port’s 19th century history to life. Through this augmented reality, the people that lived and worked in the port return to tell their stories. Download the app search National Waterways Museum in either the App Store or Play Store.
Explore two exhibitions. There’s From Grave to Cradle where you can see how we successfully lifted 11 boats out of the water in October 2017 - the largest ever movement of historic vessels in the UK and also Canal Art... not what you might expect which looks at the many media and styles across the waterways.
Voyage into the virtual past, present and future of the waterways on the huge interactive wall located in the Island Warehouse Exhibition Hall.
Find out what an icebreaker did and test your skill as a boater by having a go on the digital icebreaker. See how much ice you can break before time runs out.
Find somewhere beautiful to relax, think, exercise, picnic, and more whilst you’re here.
Step inside the Waterways Archive and meet the people behind all the knowledge of the network. These are also the people who could work out your very own waterway family history.
Our customer research tells us that Porters Row is the most popular part of the entire site. This is in fact, the oldest row of cottages in the town of Ellesmere Port. Don’t go home without a quick peep.
We’re proud that one of our objects, the Starvationer has been selected as one of 100 objects in a website based digital exhibition ‘A History of the North in 100 Objects’. You can find it inside the Island Warehouse www.100objectsnorth.co.uk
Our shop sells a unique selection of classic waterway gifts plus beautiful presents, books and souvenirs for all ages. Every purchase supports the work of the museum and the Canal & River Trust.
Last date edited: 19 September 2018