Merseyside Maritime Museum

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Set sail and drop anchor for a fun day out at Merseyside Maritime Museum - about the seafaring importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

See also

Opening hours

Open daily 10am-5pm. The Piermaster's House is open daily 10am-4.30pm.

The Maritime Archives and Library is open on Mondays and Tuesdays (except Bank Holidays), 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm.

Our Titanic, Lusitania and Forgotten Empress gallery closed on 22 October and will re-open on 27 March 2015 as a new gallery, Lusitania: life, loss, legacy.

Admission charges

All events, tours, exhibitions and activities are FREE.

The museum's collections reflect the international importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world, including the city's role in the transatlantic slave trade and emigration. The Maritime Archive and Library contains one of the finest collections of merchant shipping records in the UK.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Personalities, Maritime, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Land Transport, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Titanic & Lusitania; Emigrants to the New World; ship models; activities; Battle of the Atlantic; Lifelines; merchant shipping; Piermaster's House; the Art of the Sea; Seized! Revenue and customs uncovered; temporary exhibitions
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
People in the gallery

Seized! The Borders and Customs uncovered

  • 1 July 2009 — 1 November 2018 *on now

When you drop anchor at Merseyside Maritime Museum don’t miss Seized! The Borders and Customs uncovered - a permanent gallery unveiling attempts at smuggling and tax evasion that have kept our Customs Officers on their toes over the years!

The exhibition focuses on detective work, fighting crime, patrolling frontiers, catching criminals, undercover surveillance and an insight into the motives of the bad guys. Visitors can see items used for drugs smuggling such as carved African statues and garden gnomes, a chilling collection of smuggled weapons, and an emotive display of tourist souvenirs made out of endangered species.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Timelike Tales

  • 19 May 2017 5:30-9pm

Science and art collide in this fun and family-friendly session that, in the time it takes to make a cup of tea and drink it, you can create an artwork or poem with you at the centre of the universe. Come and make work inspired by the past, present and possible future of Liverpool - and you.

Timelike is a scientific term for things that can be the cause of other things
it’s inspired by Hermann Minkowski’s scientific Spacetime Diagram, which looks a bit like an egg timer.

Minkowski is known for his work in relativity. He was relatively good at it and showed in 1907 that the Special Theory of Relativity thought up by Albert Einstein (his former pupil) could be understood geometrically as four-dimensional space-time, since known as ‘Minkowski spacetime’.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Fanny and George's Georgian Liverpool

  • 19 May 2017 5:30-9pm

17:30 – 18:00, 18:30 – 19:00, 19:30 – 20:00, 20:30 – 21:00

Join Fanny and George for a poke around Georgian Liverpool and discover death, disease and docks plus a few beauty secrets that will make your hair curl. With tales of smuggling, ‘oyster selling’, and a good old fashioned day out at the hanging, this performance is not for the faint-hearted! 10+

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Old Dock Tours

  • 19 May 2017 5:30-8pm

Tours at 17:30 – 18:30, 19:00 –20:00

Join expert guides for two special late night tours of the historic Old Dock - the world's first commercial enclosed wet dock. Discover how this revolutionary dock was key to Liverpool's development and see the bed of the Pool, the creek that gave the city its name, under the streets of Liverpool One. Spaces are limited, meet in the foyer at Merseyside Maritime Museum at 17:30 or 19:00.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

The Art of Tea

  • 19 May 2017 5-9pm

Tea, coffee and sugar were once expensive commodities that, upon their arrival on ships, were stored within the Maritime building - originally a bonded warehouse. Come to this craft session and create artworks to take away, inspired by the history of the docks and these once valuable commodities. Enjoy a performance from Liverpool Signing Choir and find refreshments in the 4th floor restaurant, the Maritime Dining Room for hungry revellers of all ages, along with our shop, selling lots of maritime-themed gifts and treats.

The Liverpool Signing Choir perform a selection of songs reflecting the passage of time at the docks and in the city 18:30 – 19:15.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Faith and Diversity Workshop

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/learningevents.aspx?id=431

Work with artefacts from the Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, Judaic, Christian and Sikh religions, plus films from Liverpool places of worship.

How to obtain

There are 30 places available in each 1 hour session, which can be booked on Mondays – Fridays. To arrange, please contact the bookings administrator on 0151 478 4441 or via the booking request form at http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/bookingform.aspx?id=431

Family Workshops

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/whatsonnet/index.aspx?venue=3

Enjoy family workshops with a nautical theme - art, craft and hands-on. Join in between 13.00 and 16.00, for all visitors.

How to obtain

Free activities, just drop in. Call the museum on 0151 4784499 for more details.

House, Home and Washday

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/learningevents.aspx?id=282

Take the interactive guided tour of the 1940s Piermaster's House and find out about technology and lifestyles sixty years ago. Help us with the family washing in the washhouse.

How to obtain

There are 15 places available in each 1 hour session, which can be booked on Mondays – Fridays. To arrange, please contact the bookings administrator on 0151 478 4441 or via the booking request form at http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/bookingform.aspx?id=282

Second World War - The Piermaster's House

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/learningevents.aspx?id=459

Find out what it would have been like to live in the Piermaster's house during the Second World War. Look at the technology, furniture and clothes, and listen to stories of wartime living.

How to obtain

There are 15 places available in each 1 hour session, which can be booked on Mondays – Fridays. To arrange, please contact the bookings administrator on 0151 478 4441 or via the booking request form at http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/bookingform.aspx?id=459

Tour through Liverpool's History

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/learningevents.aspx?id=582

An interactive guided tour through the Magical History Tour exhibition. The tour uses costumes and props which hightlight the important periods of Liverpool's past.

How to obtain

There are 15 places available in each 50 minute session, which can be booked on Mondays – Fridays. To arrange, please contact the bookings administrator on 0151 478 4441 or via the booking request form at http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/bookingform.aspx?id=582

Tug Boat Tours

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/learningevents.aspx?id=581

Spend some time with our learning staff and the crew of museum's working tug Brocklebank. Find out about how she works and see what it is like to live aboard.
Pupils go aboard in small groups while the rest of the class follows a special Albert Dock trail.
Time aboard is about 40 minutes.

How to obtain

There are 30 places available in each 2 hour session, which takes place by request on Mondays. To arrange, please contact the bookings administrator on 0151 478 4441 or via the booking request form at http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/bookingform.aspx?id=581

Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 4AQ
England

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Website

E-mail

Press

press@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Maritime archives & library

maritime.archives@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone

0151 478 4499

Education

0151 478 4788

Press

0151 478 4612

Fax

Press

0151 478 4777

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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