Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool
0151 478 4545
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!
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
April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady
- 27 September 2013 — 1 March 2015 *on now
Born in Liverpool in 1935, April Ashley MBE, a former Vogue model and actress was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery. As one of the most famous transgender individuals and a tireless campaigner for transgender equality, she is an icon and inspiration to many.
In this exhibition, for the first time, we explore April’s very public story through her previously unseen private archive and investigate the wider impact of changing social and legal conditions for all trans* and lesbian, gay and bisexual people from 1935 to today.
Alongside this, members of the trans and gender diverse communities also share their own remarkable life stories.
First World War: Reflecting on Liverpool's Home Front
- 23 July 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now
This exhibition explores some of the City's lesser-known stories of the First World War, inviting visitors to look at this period of history from a different perspective.
Liverpool contributed large numbers of people to the war effort. With over 100,000 men from Merseyside serving, this dramatic shift in social dynamics undoubtedly had an impact on many areas of daily life.
Information about the eligible Black and Minority Ethnic men in the city at the time of conscription is incredibly scarce. With the help of local families who responded to a Heritage Lottery Funded community collecting project, curators have gathered information and photographs for a special display which highlights these families' stories and experiences of the Home Front in Liverpool.
- Any age
Now+then: three decades of HIV in Merseyside
- 10 October 2014 — 8 February 2015 *on now
Now+then uncovers Merseyside's journey with HIV from the 1980s to the present day, through people's own stories.
In this new display we explore how local people and communities have responded to HIV and the prejudice and discrimination that still exist today. The display features a new short film and sound recordings in which people living with HIV share their own remarkable stories.
Unsung - Liverpool's Most Radical Son
- 7 November 2014 — 10 May 2015 *on now
This display highlights Edwards Rushton’s key achievements as a campaigner for human rights.
Rushton denounced the notorious press gang and campaigned for the establishment of the first blind school in Britain.
As an ex-sailor Rushton knew well the rigours of a life at sea and called the press gang a ‘National Stain’. This stand cost him dear. Rushton lost his job as a result but he would not be silent.
The display also includes audio recordings of Rushton’s poetry and writings performed by local actors Gillian Kearney, Tayo Aluko and John Davies.
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.