New Exhibitions

In Gallery 1, 2 and 3 from Saturday 10th July 2021


Little Wonders

Gallery 3 from 10th July 2021

The Wonders of illustration.

An incredible exhibition exploring the art of illustration. See how children’s books are put together, marvel at the works of Maxine Lee Mackie, Emma Jayne, and Lois Tierney. Come and have your photo taken next to the Viking.

In Isolation

In Gallery 1 from 10th July 2021

Work from various artists and their direct response to the theme of isolation and work created while in lockdown.  


Between the Pages

In Gallery 2 and mezzanine from 10th  July 2021

To coincide with the Library’s arrival at The World of Glass, we asked artists to respond to the following brief: A picture Paints a thousand words. Explore and celebrate the world of books, lettering and illustration.




Visitor Experience

Museum, Hot glass studio, Film Show, Jubilee no9

Paid Attractions

Pilkington Glass Collection & Earth into Light

Museum permanent collection

One of the most important glass collections in the UK. Ancient Glass (Roman and Egyption), Medieval, Asian, right the way through to European and Contemporary. 

Earth into Light tells the story of St Helens and its place at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. 


Glass Blowing Demonstrations

Hot Glass studio (timed displays)

Marvel at our Glass Blower Marcin, as he blows hot glass and makes something special.  


Jubilee No 9

Over the Canal to the tank house

The Number nine Tank House is the best surviving example of a late 19th century glassmaking tank furnace building in England, comprising the building, its cone and furnace. You can explore the tunnels beneath. Make sure you put on a hard hat!