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The Museum of Liverpool opened in July 2011 in a purpose built modern structure, situated on the Mann Island at Pier Head on the waterfront of Liverpool. This museum takes the place of Museum of Liverpool Life, which closed in 2006.

Museum of Liverpool tells the story of the city and its residents with exhibits and objects drawn from National Liverpool's extensive collections.

The museum has three floors, each with their own distinctive galleries. On the Ground Floor there are three galleries (Great Port Gallery, Global City Gallery and Little Liverpool Gallery) along with the shop and café. The first floor has the history Dectives Gallery, the City Soldiers Gallery and the impressive Liverpool Overhead Railway Gallery. The Second Floor has

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the People's Republic Gallery and the Woundrous Place Gallery.

The Great Port Gallery

This gallery shows Liverpool's transformation from a tidal inlet on the west coast of England to one of the world's greatest ports.

In the 19th century, transport and communication were important for Liverpool's success in the development of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830, the first intercity railway in the world.

One of the highlights of the gallery is the Lion Railway Locomotive. Lion was one of two locomotives ordered by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway as luggage trains in 1837 (the other was Tiger).

Lion has survived a varied life, including being a stationary pumping engine in Princes Dock; after restoration she become an exhibit on a plinth at Lime Street Station. Then came her celebrity status, being included in films.

Lion took part in railway heritage events, until she was retired from steaming events for conservation reasons. Today you can see this historic locomotive in retirement, the highlight of the Great Port Gallery.


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City Gallery

This Gallery explains how, through the British Empire, trade and emigration Liverpool became a global city. The city's culture developed with people arriving from continents around the world. Moving through the gallery you will see diverse and fascinating objects reflecting the background and interests of its population.

This gallery features the Brass Buddha which was taken from the palace of King Thibawin in Mandalay by soldiers of the King's Liverpool Regiment during the invasion of Burma.

Little Liverpool Gallery

A hands on gallery especially for children under 6 years of age to learn and play; children can even create a Liverpool of their own imagination.

A-Z of objects is where children can choose an object for each letter and learn about them through discovery, listening and speaking.

Liverpuddles is a fun hands on popular activity inspired by the River Mersey surrounded by well known landmarks. Children learn by fishing for pretend marine creatures and teaches them about the importance of keeping clean waters for wild life.

Even babies

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and toddlers are made welcome in this gallery in the 'Liverbirds Nest', a soft play area for babies and their carers.

Also on the Ground floor are the Café and Shop.

History Detectives Gallery

What was here and how do we know that? You can fine out the answers in this gallery by exploring an interactive map and the Time Travellers dateline, which forms the main feature of the gallery.

This gallery features the Huxley Hoard - a collection of Viking Silver, which was buried for safekeeping. The hoard comprises of 21 bracelets and one ingot, it was found near to Huxley in Cheshire in 2004.

City Soldiers Gallery

One of Britain's oldest regiments is the King's Regiment, it was created in 1685 and became Liverpool's regiment in 1881. This gallery tells their story.

This old established regiment have served in both World Wars, in Africa, America, Asia and Ireland. In 2006 the King's Regiment became part of the new Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, the infantry regiment of the North

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West. Soldiers in the new regiment continue to be called 'Kingsmen'.

The City Soldiers Gallery features the Tower of Medals, an impressive collection which shows a comprehensive display of medals awarded to Kingsmen from 19th century to the present day. The gallery is home to an interactive database, which will help you identify your relative's medals.

Liverpool Overhead Railway Gallery

The Railway was the first electric elevated railway in the world. This gallery shows why and how the railway was built in 1893, along seven miles of dockland. Stories are told of the workmen and early travellers who journeyed on the railway. The railway was eventually demolished in the late 1950s.

The highlight of this gallery is the Liverpool Overhead Railway motor coach.The Liverpool Overhead Railway had three coaches with a motor coach at each end and a trailer coach between them. This is one of a batch which was made between 1892 - 1899.

In the museum today you can climb into the carriage, which is fixed

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at its original height of 16 feet ( 4.8m) above the ground.

The Peoples Republic Gallery

Is all about the city of Liverpool and what it means to be a Liverpudlian and how the people have contributed to their environment. Large feature windows give stunning views over the waterfront. To help visitors understand what can be seen; a touchable model has been made to trigger sounds, which brings the view to life.

This gallery features Court Housing - a reconstruction of a courtyard of cheap houses built for the large numbers of people who moved into the city to seek employment. There is a short film illustrating the houses and what life was like for people living here.

There is also a life size replica of the Liver Bird sculptures on top of the Liver building. Throughout the museum you will see many liver birds and have fun following the liver bird trail.

The first car produced at the new Ford factory at Halewood in Liverpool was

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the Ford Anglia. It was offered as a prize in a competition by the Liverpool Echo newspaper; the lucky winner was a Mr Taylor, who received his prize on 8th March 1963; delivered to him by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.

You can find out what Mr Taylor did with the car and what subsequently happened to it, here in the Peoples Republic Gallery.

Wondrous Place Gallery

This gallery celebrates its many talented and creative citizens: artists, comedians, musicians, sports personalities and writers.

Liverpool was the birthplace of a new musical revolution, which took the world by surprise. The Beatles with their fresh new sound excited and entertained new fans and changed the musical world forever. This story is portrayed in "The Beatles Show" in this gallery.

The "Football Show" film also in this gallery shows the history and passion for football in Liverpool. Featuring two boys; one a Liverpool fan, the other an Everton fan. It includes the sadness of the football disasters and the emergence of community spirit thereafter.

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By train: James Street station is the closest and is only a couple of minutes walk away. This station is served by the Wirral Line trains only.

Moorfields station, which is served by the Northern and Wirral Lines, is about 5 minutes walk away. The museum is about a 20 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street station - Liverpool's mainline train station. Full details of local train services are on the Merseytravel website.

By bus
The nearest bus station is at Paradise Street, near the Liverpool One complex. Some bus services also drop off at the Pier Head, right by the museum.

Full details of bus services are on the Merseytravel website.

By ferry
The Mersey Ferries terminal is right next to the museum at the Pier Head. An hourly service runs throughout the day from Seacombe and Woodside on the Wirral, with a more frequent commuter service before 10am and after 4pm.

By road
The Pier Head is on the waterfront close to Liverpool city centre and the Liverpool One complex. Follow signposts for the Albert Dock from the motorway and other main routes into the city centre.

By coach
The National Express coach station is at Norton Street, about a 25 minute walk away.

Coaches bringing private groups can drop off at the Pier Head, close to the entrance to the museum.

By bicycle
There are lots of bicycle bays opposite the entrance to the museum, by the Great Western Railway building.

The Capital car park is only a couple of minutes walk from the museum. It has two entrances situated on The Strand and just off Old Hall Street and has more than 1,000 undercover spaces.

There are also car parks in the nearby Liverpool ONE complex opposite the entrance to the Albert Dock. Q-Park Strand Street has 2000 underground spaces, Q-Park Gradwell Street has 560 multi-storey spaces and Q-Park John Lewis has 580 multi-storey spaces. The entrance to the Strand Street car park is opposite the Albert Dock and is accessible from the centre of the road in both directions. The Gradwell Street car park is opposite BBC Radio Merseyside and the John Lewis car park is located opposite the Paradise Street bus interchange and the police station.

Blue badge parking spaces
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 and need to be pre-booked. To book a space call 0151 478 4545.

Riverfront walkway
The 600 metre riverside walkway from Pier Head to the Albert Dock passes the Museum of Liverpool.

Museum of Liverpool Postcode for SatNav: L3 1DG


+44 (0)151 478 4545

Pier Head
Liverpool Waterfront
L3 1DG

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