The Museum of Liverpool is located at the waterfront of the city of Liverpool on the west coast of England. I visited during a quick weekend-get-a-way with my dad. As the museum was very close to our hotel, my dad was curious and wanted us to visit it. I was a little hesitant; why would I want to visit the Museum of Liverpool?
What is there to see or do? I was easily convinced by these 5 very persuasive reasons to visit the Museum of Liverpool and you should go check it out too!
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No. 1: You can visit the Museum of Liverpool for free
That is correct; the museum is 100% free. Not just for kids, but for adults, families, Liverpudlians and tourists. Say what..? Yes correct, THE biggest museum in Liverpool is absolutely free. Now if that doesn’t persuade you to visit the Museum of Liverpool, what will? Owh wait, I have 4 more reasons…
No. 2: The view on the waterfront of Liverpool
Walking along the waterfront was a great experience. Head tilted back, I looked up towards the impressive buildings at the waterfront. When you visit the Museum of Liverpool, you can see them from a different perspective. From the 2nd floor, you have a great view of the grounds below you, but also uninterrupted views of the Pier Head, the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. These buildings define the skyline of Liverpool and you get to see them from the big glass windows and get some information about their form and function too!
No. 3: The architecture of the building
From the outside the building looks stunning. Opened in 2011, the Museum of Liverpool is a modern piece of architecture. Tight lines and unusual form flow together at the waterfront. The reflections from the glass windows give some surprising effects but the inside is very interesting from an architectural point of view. Showstopper is the immense staircase in the foyer that spirals up towards the skylight. What an entrance!
No. 4: They have a train! Need I say more?
Are you excited about trains? My dad sure is! And I feel drawn to the nostalgia of ancient train travel too; I even have an epic train journey bucket list! Did you know Liverpool had the first electric elevated railway in 1893? The trains ran along 7 miles of the docks of Liverpool at a height of 4.8m (16 feet) above the ground. You can get aboard the old railway carriage and they have some pretty nostalgic items on display like tickets, timetables and some old posters.
No. 5: Lego replica of the Cathedral of Liverpool
What is that huge red thing standing in the corner of the 2nd floor? The red colour pulled me towards it instantly and I was amazed to find out it was made completely out of blocks of Lego. It shows the Cathedral of Liverpool, which my dad and I climbed the day before. The replica is to scale and full of fine details. It was made by Peter Rogers and lent to the Museum of Liverpool by his family so we can enjoy it. I felt delighted to see such fine Lego craftsmanship!
5 reasons to visit the Museum of Liverpool not enough?
So, you can visit the Museum of Liverpool for free, you get amazing views of the waterfront of Liverpool and you get to admire the stunning architecture of the building. They also have an old train, and a Lego replica of the Cathedral of Liverpool. Are these 5 reasons to visit the Museum of Liverpool not enough for you?
How about the first steam locomotive of Liverpool? Meet Lion a real steam locomotive put on display.
How about the history and some artefacts of World War 1?
The Museum of Liverpool also has many exhibitions about style and street culture in Liverpool and about the Irish and Welsh heritage. They also have a Football Show and a Beatles Show! If you visit Liverpool with kids make sure to check the gallery called little Liverpool! And guess what..? Also free! So basically, when you visit the Museum of Liverpool you get a full peek into the history and culture of Liverpool and learn what makes the city so inviting.
Did I persuade you to visit the Museum of Liverpool?
Good! You can just hop by for a quick hour visit, or roam the different rooms for hours and hours on end. I listed some facts below but for more information, head to the official website. So no excuses anymore, when you’re in Liverpool, visit the Museum of Liverpool!
- Entry: FREE
- Opening hours: every day from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm
- Address: Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1DG
- Facilities: Free toilets, lift, lockers are 1 GBP but will be returned, free Wi-Fi, picnic area, café and shop at the museum.
Have you been to the Museum of Liverpool? What did you like best about the museum? Please share your experience in the comment section below. If you’re interested in the Museum of Liverpool, you might like my blog about the Museums of Florence too.