Museum of Liverpool

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The stunning new Museum of Liverpool is the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, demonstrating Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world. Showcasing popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues, it is a fantastic, free family day out and an exceptional learning and community resource.

Exhibits include the stage where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met, Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape, a life-size Liverbird, the first Ford Anglia from Ford’s Halewood production line and Chris Boardman’s famous Lotus sport bike. Don’t miss the 360º immersive films about football and The Beatles!

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Opening hours

10am-5pm daily

Admission charges

Free admission

Additional info

Cloakroom - Coin-operated lockers are available on the ground floor (please bring a £1 coin, which will be returned after use). We ask that visitors avoid bringing large bags into the museum.
Buggy park - Prams and pushchairs can be left on the ground floor.
Shop - There is a shop on the ground floor, with a wide selection of souvenirs and gifts including books, postcards and posters.
Café - There is a café on the ground floor which serves a selection of hot and cold food and drinks. A children's menu and bottle warming facilities are available.
Free wifi - Available in the café.
Picnic area - There is lots of outdoor seating at the Pier Head nearby, where visitors can eat a picnic on a nice day. Please dispose of rubbish responsibly.
Ticketed experiences - All of our activities and events are free but some of them have a limited capacity, including the Little Liverpool gallery, the Kicking and Screaming football show and The Beatles show. Pick up your tickets from the information desk on the ground floor on the day of your visit.
Group bookings - If you would like to book a self-guided visit from September 2011 please either complete the education enquiry form on this website or ring our group bookings team on 0151 478 4788. Further information for teachers is on the Learning page.
shooting of any kind should contact our press department using this form.
Prayer room - A prayer room on the first floor will be available when the second phase of the museum opens towards the end of 2011.
There are six blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the museum entrance, by the Great Western Railway building. These are about 30 metres from the entrance.
In the museum
The main entrance is flat, there are automatic doors and there are lifts to all floors.
Accessible toilets are available on all floors.
Wheelchairs are available to borrow, please ask at the information desk.
Look out for the induction loop symbol across the museum.
British Sign Language interpretation and subtitles are available for most films.
Cloakroom lockers and keyrings are labelled in Braille.
Assistance dogs are welcome.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Industry, Land Transport, Medicine, Music, Personalities, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War, Film and Media, Performing Arts

Key artists and exhibits

  • Ford Anglia; Codman's Punch & Judy; jukebox; original terrace from The Kop; costumes; battle gallery; Brookside; King's Regiment; recreation of 1930s cinema

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Aerial view of Liverpool's Pier Head

First World War: Reflecting on Liverpool's Home Front

  • 23 July 2014 — 12 July 2015 *on now

This exhibition explores some of the lesser-known stories of the First World War. Did everyone rush to support the war effort? Was every woman empowered by her war-time experience? Just how generous were Liverpool citizens?

A special display will feature the experience of Black servicemen and their families. The Heritage Lottery Fund supported a recent museum collecting project to uncover this untold story.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 5-6


Image: Keith Medley Archive Liverpool John Moores University

Our day out - Images from the Keith Medley Archive

  • 12 November 2014 — 27 September 2015 *on now

Immerse yourself in days out at the seaside in this evocative display of images of New Brighton taken by professional photographer Keith Medley in the 1960s.

New Brighton was a favourite destination for fun-filled days out from Liverpool. The photographs capture the excitement of the resort’s famous attractions at the time, including the pier, fairground and large outdoor bathing pool.


Waterfront to Western Front gallery shot

From waterfront to Western Front Liverpool's First World War

  • 22 April 2015 — 30 April 2050 *on now

On 28 June 1914 the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand ignited the spark that would lead to the most destructive war the world had ever seen. The First World War cost the lives of more than 13,000 people from Liverpool.

Discover how the war affected not only those serving at the Front, but also the city, and the people left behind in this special exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6


Faces from the past at the Museum of Liverpool

  • 10 June — 31 August 2015 *on now

An exhibition of the mysterious carved stone heads from the museum's regional archaeology collection. Come and see examples of the tradition of carving heads which began in the Iron Age and continued to the post medieval period.


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.

Museum Saturday Crafternoons

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015 *on now

Spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon making things together that are inspired by the Museum. For accompanied children ages 10 and under
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Drop in, no booking or ticket required

Magical history at the Museum of Liverpool

  • 17 July 2015 1:30-3pm
  • 24 July 2015 1:30-3pm
  • 26 July 2015 1:30-3pm

For those who love Liverpool or just love learning about the past! Join the Education team to explore the Museum of Liverpool's galleries and learn more about the archaeological objects on display.


Archaeology crafternoon at Museum of Liverpool

  • 18 July 2015 1:30-3:30pm
  • 25 July 2015 1:30-3:30pm

Have a go and make great things inspired by the Museum of Liverpool's archaeology collections to take home with you. Learn more about our region's past while you create!


Recent excavations at Lunt Meadows

  • 20 July 2015 2:30-3pm

Ron Cowell, Curator of Prehistoric Archaeology at National Museums Liverpool, will talk about the exciting discoveries being made at Lunt Meadows in Sefton. This nationally-important site has revealed evidence for 8,000 year old Mesolithic houses, a very unusual discovery.


Roman treasures of the North West

  • 21 July 2015 2:30-3pm

A talk about the Roman finds from the region and their significance.


Fun with Finds at the Museum of Liverpool

  • 21 July 2015 1-4pm
  • 23 July 2015 1-4pm

Join National Museums Liverpool archaeologists as they show off some of the most recent finds from the region. Get hands on with finds fresh out of the ground.


Finding the Saxons and Vikings at the Museum of Liverpool

  • 22 July 2015 2:30-3pm

Dr Liz Stewart, Curator of Archaeology and the Historic Environment at National Museums Liverpool, will talk about the elusive nature of Saxon and Viking archaeology, highlighting important sites and finds in the region.


Timeline tour at the Museum of Liverpool

  • 22 July 2015 1-4pm

Delve deeper into the history and archaeology of Liverpool and unearth the secrets of the city. The Museum of Liverpool's Timeline spans 10,000 years and is packed with objects. Come and explore it with the Education team and a selection of handling objects.


Rainford's Roots research round-up

  • 23 July 2015 2:30-3pm

The archaeology team at the Museum of Liverpool worked in partnership with Merseyside Archaeological Society on the Rainford's Roots community archaeology project. Jeff Speakman, Assistant Curator of Archaeology at National Museums Liverpool, will talk about the project and the on-going research.


Let's dig! at the Museum of Liverpool

  • 23 — 24 July 2015 3:30-4:30pm

Join in with our indoor excavation. Have a go at being an archaeologist and learn all about Merseyside's fascinating past.


The archaeology of sugar and slavery at the Museum of Liverpool

  • 24 July 2015 2:30-3pm

A talk about research into the archaeology of the sugar and slave trade both in Liverpool and in the Caribbean.


Museum of Liverpool
Pier Head
Liverpool Waterfront
L3 1DG




0151 478 4545

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