Museum of Liverpool
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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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.
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
From waterfront to Western Front Liverpool's First World War
- 22 April 2015 — 1 November 2018 *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.
The Blind School: Pioneering People and Places
- 26 January — 15 April 2018 *on now
Personal stories and objects reveal the history of the UK’s first school for blind people, in a new exhibition to be staged at the Museum of Liverpool. Founded in 1791, Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind, in particular its buildings and the everyday lives of students, is central to The Blind School: Pioneering People and Places.
The exhibition features unique objects from the Museum’s own collection alongside loans, personal stories and a film made in partnership with visually impaired and blind students from St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment, West Derby. It highlights accessible interpretation including audio description, BSL and multisensory features.
It is estimated today that there are one billion disabled people in the world. Yet the history of deaf and disabled people continues to be overlooked, despite their stories being intrinsic to the environments we live in and around every day. The exhibition explores what the architectural legacy of the School can reveal about the lives of those connected with it.
Part of the History of Place project, which will also be running exhibitions and displays V&A and MShed in Bristol.
- Any age
Rethinking Disability: What needs to change in museums and galleries?
- 9 March 2018 1-5:30pm
It is clear that most museums and galleries have a strong commitment to diversity but are still failing to represent disabled people in their workforce and through their exhibitions and collections.
The Rethinking Disability symposium is an opportunity for the museums and galleries sector to come together to get to grips with why these challenges continue to exist and start to work on a manifesto that has the potential to bring about real and lasting change.
On 12th January 2018 Arts Council England produced a report “Making a Shift” that showed a shocking lack of deaf and disabled people make up the workforce. Museum collections also rarely highlight the stories of deaf and disabled people, and exhibitions often fall short of what might be deemed as truly accessible.
Join us to show solidarity and commitment to improving the accessibility, visibility and involvement of disabled people within the sector as well as speak frankly and openly about what is working and what is not within this area.
- Not suitable for children
Museum of Liverpool
0151 478 4545