Museum of Liverpool

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Date of travel

July, 2015

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Adult family

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This is one of the new museums on Liverpool’s waterfront and is well worth a visit. Built in 2011 it has a very distinct modern design and cannot be missed between the Tate and the Three Graces on the waterfront. It contains the history of Liverpool since the Ice Age to the present time. I discovered things I did not know, such as that Liverpool used to have an overhead light railway that ran from Dingle to Seaforth. One of the railway carriages has pride of place in the museum and it is exhibited as it would have been seen in the past, up above. It can be seen from the ground floor and accessed from the first floor. There are also some old vehicles (such as an old 1910 Vulcan that was made in Crossens near Southport) and an old steam train, the Lion. You can start your visit as we did with a 20 minute movie about the history of Liverpool. There is also a very good children’s area that has timed entry (tickets available at reception). And best of all, it is all free. We saw an exhibit called ‘L8 Unseen’ which is photographs taken in the old buildings in L8 of the 30 different nationalities that live in the L8 post code. There are also good views east and west along the Mersey from the upper floors. One thing I would give a miss is the Beatles movie – it is a small round theatre in which you stand to watch a disjointed and hard to follow history of their coming together as a band. The museum is open from 10-5 and there is a lot to keep children interested, not just in their play area, as there is a trail for them to follow and many exhibits at their eye level to be viewed, touched and even smelled.


Denise Bridge

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