A NEW children's museum could be making its way to Wirral.
Celebrating 25 years this year, the National Children's Museum Eureka! in Halifax revealed the plans to build a new museum next to Seacombe Ferry Terminal at a gala anniversary dinner on Thursday.
The plans have been backed by Wirral Council and Merseytravel and have support from Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.
If fundraising is successful, the £11million project could open as early as 2021.
Leader of Wirral Council councillor Phil Davies said: “This announcement is fantastic news for the Liverpool City Region.
"A world-class, family-friendly, innovative and incredibly successful attraction like Eureka! is a welcome addition to the Mersey waterfront.
“Eureka would not only inspire children locally, but also attract visitors from across the North West and beyond, driving additional passenger traffic onto the Mersey Ferry and increasing visitor spend across the city region.
“Working with organisations such as Eureka is definitely the way forward to promote learning while inspiring the next generations of scientists and engineers, and to also support our commitment to supply the skills for future growth and bring new businesses to the city region.
"This announcement is yet another compelling reason to visit and invest in Wirral and the wider city region.”
The building will be designed to focus on an older seven to 14-year-old age range and will boast activities that develop the technical and digital skills of children and teenagers.
Eureka! chief executive Leigh-Anne Stradeski said: “Eureka! has always had ambitions to extend beyond West Yorkshire and we have actively been looking for sites for development throughout the UK.
"The Wirral site - if it goes ahead - will be funded by grants, donations and partnerships and we have planned it to concentrate on skills-based learning while continuing to use play and discovery as a means of engagement.
“We want to create a thriving children’s community of budding scientists and engineers, actively engaging them to contribute their ideas while learning about real world problems.
“Liverpool City Region is already home to big names across maritime, manufacturing, motoring and energy.
"We hope these plans for Eureka! Merseyside will excite people enough to open up opportunities for local children to aspire to work in jobs within these companies and sectors.
"This could fill the current skills gap by capturing their interest in STEM subjects.”
Announcements about the second Eureka! will be made in the coming months and it is hoped the development could bring 28 full-time posts and 91 jobs to the area and boost local economy by £6.2million.http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/15552430.Wirral_could_welcome_new_children_s_museum_by_2021/
There is nowhere to increase 'visitor spend' unless they want to call into HomeBargains before the coach departs!