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Museum Guide for Liverpool

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Ambitious Liverpool has emerged phoenix-like from the ashes of its industrial past to celebrate its contributions to history, culture and, of course, pop music, with style. Cool bars and expensive restaurants now jostle for prominence with the world-class attractions along the waterfronts of Albert Dock and the city has more landmark museums than any other British city outside London.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

8 Places

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8 Places

The Beatles Story

Speciality Museums

Museum of Liverpool

Speciality Museums

Tate Liverpool

Art Museums

World Museum

Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Speciality Museums

International Slavery Museum

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Walker Art Gallery

Art Galleries

Port Sunlight Museum

History Museums, Gardens

Sasha H's City Tips

  • Most of Liverpool’s museums have good cafes serving healthy, wholesome food; the Maritime Dining Rooms at the Merseyside Maritime Museum is one of the city’s best restaurants.
  • Liverpool has three tourist information centres; at Albert Dock, on platform seven of Lime Street railway station and at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
  • Admission to many of Liverpool’s museums is free; most open daily from 10am–5pm.
  • Tipping is not expected in self-service cafes or bars, but 10% is normal in formal restaurants.
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    The Beatles Story
    Speciality Museums
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    Sasha H Says:

    Liverpool’s most popular visitor attraction romps through the backstory of The Beatles and is the world’s largest permanent exhibition dedicated to the Fab Four. The museum tells the story of The Beatles’ journey from the Cavern Club to Abbey Road and how their music conquered the world in the 1960s. Both museum locations on Albert Dock are crammed with interactive and multimedia displays as well as a 4D movie bringing their music to a new generation of fans.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The Beatles Hidden Gallery at Pier Head exhibits photographs of The Beatles that have never been displayed before.
    • The Beatles Story is at two locations: Albert Dock and Pier Head.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 244 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • "Have To Do" 24/09/2018
    • Nostalgic 23/09/2018
    • The Beatles Story
    Address:
    Unit 41 Britannia Pavilion Albert Dock
    Albert Dock
    Liverpool L3 4AD
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 709 1963
    Price range:
    US$27 - US$27
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Museum of Liverpool
    Speciality Museums
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    Sasha H Says:

    Open in 2011 in a spectacular, sleek new gallery overlooking the docks, The Museum of Liverpool tells the story of the city’s economic and cultural development over thousands of years from humble settlement on the side of the Mersey to post-industrial super-city, showcasing The Beatles and the rivalry between Liverpool and Everton football clubs along the way. The interior is bright and airy; displays are interactive and packed with multimedia movies; the exhibitions are thoughtfully curated and displayed; and there’s a hands-on gallery especially for kids. This is how every museum should be: informative, educational and – above all – fun.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Admission to the Museum of Liverpool and all its shows is free.
    • Space is limited in the child-friendly Little Liverpool gallery and selected shows so pick up tickets at the welcome desk on arrival.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 244 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • one to put on the list 24/09/2018
    • John and Yoko exhibit 24/09/2018
    • Museum of Liverpool
    Address:
    Pier Head
    Liverpool L3 1DG
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 478 4545
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Tate Liverpool
    Art Museums
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    Sasha H Says:

    The northern limb of London’s famous Tate Gallery is housed in a revamped warehouse in Liverpool’s once-derelict docklands and opened in 1988. With such an illustrious permanent collection of art to draw on, Tate Liverpool showcases the best of modern art with exhibitions of vast contemporary canvases, wacky installations and sculpture from great names such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon. Plus, discover photographic masterpieces from Man Ray and paintings by Picasso and Braque as well as oft-changing temporary exhibits highlighting the works of artistic mega-stars such as Andy Warhol and Piet Mondriaan.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Facilities include a cafe with views across Albert Dock and a well-stocked gift shop.
    • Admission to the Tate Liverpool is free, except for certain major exhibitions.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 244 things to do in Liverpool
    • Artsy & Modern 22/09/2018
    • Third Tate in a Month 20/09/2018
    • Tate Liverpool
    Address:
    Albert Dock
    Liverpool L3 4BB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 702 7400
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:45
    Other:
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    World Museum
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums
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    Sasha H Says:

    Liverpool was once a centre of world maritime trading so it is fitting that the city hosts a vibrant ethnographic museum that examines man’s affect on our planet, looking at human achievements from prehistoric times to present day. With an aquarium, bug house full of scary creepy crawlies and lots of fossils and bones, the World Museum is heaven for curious kids – highlights include one of the UK’s finest collections of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, from mummies to fine gold jewelry, and a spectacular blast through space in the 3D Planetarium.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance to the museum is free.
    • The World Museum is operated under the umbrella of National Museums Liverpool, which encompasses the Museum of Liverpool, Walker Gallery and International Slavery Museum.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 244 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors 24/09/2018
    • Terracotta army exhibit 24/09/2018
    • World Museum
    Address:
    Liverpool Museum William Brown Street
    Liverpool L3 8EN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 478 4393
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Merseyside Maritime Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Sasha H Says:

    Located overlooking the waters of Albert Dock, the Merseyside Maritime Museum romps through the story of Liverpool’s seafaring trading successes in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which brought immense wealth to the city. Model boats, war medals, documents and marine paintings tell tales of great nautical bravado but there are also permanent exhibits centered on the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the battleship Lusitania in World War I. The museum experience incorporates summertime tours of the cutter Edmund Gardner moored up outside as well as the neighbouring Pier Master’s House.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Tours of Liverpool’s Old Dock are free and can be arranged at the information desk in the museum.
    • The museum has one of Liverpool’s best restaurants, the Maritime Dining Rooms, with panoramic views across Albert Dock.
    • The Merseyside Maritime Museum is also home to the International Slavery Museum. Admission to both is free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 244 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • IT'S FREE 24/09/2018
    • Great museum 23/09/2018
    • Merseyside Maritime Museum
    Address:
    Albert Dock
    Liverpool L3 4AQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 478 4499
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    International Slavery Museum
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Sasha H Says:

    Liverpool was once a hub of the UK’s infamous slave trade and much of its wealth was built on it, so appropriately the city has the only museum in the world dedicated to its history and subsequent consequences. Divided into four sections, the museum follows the journey of slaves from West Africa to plantations in the Caribbean, addressing such weighty issues as human rights and discrimination with an informative and level touch. Other hard-hitting exhibits are dedicated to the abolition of slavery in 1833 and present-day human trafficking.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The International Slavery Museum is tucked away on the third floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Admission to both is free.
    • The museum’s Campaign Zone is dedicated to raising awareness of modern-day slavery around the world.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 244 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see 22/09/2018
    • Revealing facts 21/09/2018
    • International Slavery Museum
    Address:
    International Slavery Museum Albert Dock
    Liverpool L3 4AX
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 478 4499
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Walker Art Gallery
    Art Galleries
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    Sasha H Says:

    With a raft of fine art on display from Rubens to Gainsborough and one of the best collections of Pre-Raphaelite paintings in Europe, the hallowed Victorian portals of the Walker Art Gallery also display a top-ranking selection of contemporary work by the likes of David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Lucien Freud. Its decorative arts collection is also second-to-none, with highlights including ancient musical instruments, Art Deco figurines and creative, contemporary glassware.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The gallery exhibits a clerical statue vandalised in 2011 by graffiti artist Banksy.
    • Admission to the Walker Art Gallery is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 244 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • quick look to fill in an hour 24/09/2018
    • Got to love this place 23/09/2018
    • Walker Art Gallery
    Address:
    William Brown Street
    Liverpool L3 8EL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 478 4199
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Port Sunlight Museum
    History Museums, Gardens
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    Sasha H Says:

    Set against a backdrop of landscaped parkland, Port Sunlight was one of the UK’s first – and finest – examples of social housing. Created by philanthropist William Hesketh Lever in 1888 as a model village for the workers at his soap factory, the village’s 900 houses come in a range of building styles from decorative Arts and Crafts to half-timbered mock-Tudor. The museum charts the evolution of Lord Leverhulme’s utopian vision and displays a model of the village, but the real joy of a visit is the chance to wander around the 130 acres of spectacular architecture, including ornate bridges, a church, war memorial, restaurants and a luxury spa hotel.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The Lady Lever Art Gallery opened in Port Sunlight in 1922 and has one of the finest decorative arts collections in the UK.
    • William Hesketh Lever’s soap company was the foundation of today’s massive multi-national conglomerate Unilever.
    • A self-guided walk around Port Sunlight starts and ends at the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Port Sunlight
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A good day out 10/09/2018
    • A Trip Back In Time 07/09/2018
    • Port Sunlight Museum
    Address:
    23 King Georges Drive
    Port Sunlight Village Trust
    Port Sunlight CH62 5DX
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 644 6466
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Other:
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