This week sees the opening of the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century.
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The Museum of Liverpool opens on Tuesday (July 19 2011), telling the story of the city and its world-renowned roll call of writers, poets, musicians and sports persons.
“Our ambition for the Museum of Liverpool was to create the world’s greatest urban history museum," says Dr David Fleming, the Director of National Museums Liverpool.
“The museum is a living biography of the city - a biography that is honest, ever-changing and created by people who love living here, many of whom were born here”.
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Dr Fleming believes that the only way the modern city can be understood is to truly know the city as it was 100 years ago, when Liverpool was one of the wealthiest port cities in the world.
To commemorate the opening of the £72 million museum, a People’s Opening will be held honouring "Scousers" from Liverpool and beyond.
Dr Fleming will be joined by special guest Finn O'Hare, aged six, who put himself forward for the job of opening the museum.
“It will be great. I am good at opening things – please can I open the museum?” asked Finn in a letter last year.
The museum will provide 8,000 square metres of public space across three floors, with more than 6,000 previously unseen objects on display.
Opening in several phases, the museum will feature four main galleries and a number of smaller gallery spaces.
Among the phase one exhibits are the stage where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met in 1957, 360 degree immersive films about Merseyside football and The Beatles, and a lifesize 18-foot Liver Bird.