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 — 21 September 2014 *on now
Born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, George grew up praying that each morning he would wake up a girl. He joined the Merchant Navy aged 14 to escape his unhappy home life and the confusion around his gender. He attempted suicide, and tried a second time on returning home leading to his admission to a mental institution for electric shock treatment.
George later moved to Jersey and then Paris where he began living as April, working at Le Carrousel nightclub in Paris to earn the money he needed for pioneering gender reassignment surgery. April was Dr Georges Burou’s ninth patient when she had the surgery at his clinic in Casablanca, Morocco in 1960.
Gary Everett, Exhibition Curator and Director of Homotopia said: “After such an unhappy start in life, it was remarkable that April returned to Britain and became a successful model and actress, photographed by David Bailey and appearing in Vogue. It was all the more shocking then, when her story became a public scandal when she was ‘outed’ as transsexual by the Sunday People in 1961.”
From that point onwards, April’s life was often headline news, including the story of her divorce from The Honourable Arthur Corbett – later 3rdBaron Rowallan - in 1970, when the judge ruled that April remained a biological man and therefore the marriage was invalid and annulled. This very public divorce set a legal precedent for all transsexuals that remained until 2004 when the Gender Recognition Act was passed to legally allow people to change gender,
Gary continues: “April has had an astonishing life but throughout it all she has fought for her rights, and provided advice and support for those suffering similar discrimination. The impact April’s life has had on law and legal definitions of gender and identity has been enormous, and her strength and determination is admired by many, which led her to receiving the MBE in 2012.”
The exhibition has been part of an ongoing project by Homotopia and funded by HLF to record and reflect shifting social attitudes and representations of gender and sexuality. The exhibition will feature personal histories captured by the project, telling individual experiences and of the impact April has had on the movement from marginalisation and prejudice towards inclusion and equality.
By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd! Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft
- 8 November 2013 — 21 April 2014 *on now
This exhibition celebrates the life of the comedy legend seen through the lens of photographer Stephen Shakeshaft.
From There to Here
- 2 May — 13 July 2014
From There to Here - an exhibition that explores the lives and experiences of people with learning difficulties in Liverpool during the last 100 years. Includes photographs by Mark McNulty, art work and oral histories. The exhibition is a culmination of a two year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
New First World War Exhibition
- 25 July — 31 December 2014
First World War activity will centre on the Museum of Liverpool. A new exhibition about the Home Front (title tbc) opens on 25 July to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Great War beginning. The Museum will celebrate the contribution the city’s Black soldiers made to the war effort as well as looking at what life was like in Liverpool between 1914 and1918.
Hands-on Activities: Little Liverpool
- 1 August — 31 December 2013 *on now
Little Liverpool is crammed with hands on activities for children. It is the perfect place to introduce little ones to the museum.
Collect a free ticket on the day.
- Especially for children
- Family friendly
Check opening times before visiting.
Hands-on Activities: Finds Fridays
- 6 September — 31 December 2013 *on now
Join archaeologist Liz Stewart to discover more about the Museum's new finds that are fresh from under the ground!
Drop in, no booking required.
- Any age
Liverpool's Black Soldiers
- 25 January 2014 11am-4pm
It’s thought that there were 20,000 BME men in the city at the time of conscription who were eligible to sign up, but curators at the Museum of Liverpool have noticed that evidence of the men who fought is incredibly rare. A new project is being launched to fill this gap in the Museum’s archives, encouraging local BME families to research their First World War family histories, which may help gather memories and research that can be included in the Museum of Liverpool’s First World War exhibition plans.
- Any age