Museum of Liverpool

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Museum of Liverpool Reviews

hanleyscot hanleysc…
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The Museum of Liverpool Oct 11, 2016
Claire and I spent at least a couple of hours perusing the displays at The Museum of Liverpool. It's a fine looking building on the waterfront right near several other locations of interest including The Beatles Museum. One could easily spend a full day just museum/restaurant/bar/storefront hopping. Plenty is available for the entire family.

The Museum of Liverpool is several floors that can be reached either by the winding spiral stair cross that juts up from the center of the building or, of course, by elevator. Each floor contains several exhibits ranging from the historical musical influence of Liverpool to its sport teams to transportation to war uniforms throughout the years.

I personally was impressed with the short movie (about 10-15 minute if I remember correctly) about The Beatles shown in a small room above the actual first stage they performed on.

Apparently lambs and bananas were very important economically for Liverpool back in the day. As such, in 2008 an artist named Taro Chiezo was commissioned to create 125 lambananas throughout the city, each with a unique design. Several Lambananas are located both inside and out of the museum.

Though the museum is free, donations are suggested, and unquestionably deserving.
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hanleyscot says:
Melanie - I enjoyed this museum, too. It had such a variety of exhibits that there was something for everyone.
Posted on: Oct 13, 2016
monkeymia79 says:
Looks like an interesting museum. Thanks for the review Scot.
Posted on: Oct 12, 2016
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sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
Liverpool Museum Jan 13, 2013
The Liverpool Museum is a modern museum on the waterfront in Liverpool, which you could easily spend two or three hours in. Although it looks at the world very much through the prism of Scouse history, the fact that Liverpool really was a crucial port in the development of the British Empire and of Slavery means that you can learn a lot from the displays even if you aren’t a local and don’t have that much knowledge about the city itself. There are displays on the British Empire (unusually for a British Museum, including some of the bad things the Brits did, including the fact that Liverpool was largely built on wealth gained from cotton and sugar; that is, slavery), the development of the port (including some interesting bits about transport and worker’s rights), prehistory, archaeology and there are some displays on military history and contemporary art, too. The building is light, airy, and fully wheelchair/buggy accessible. The range of displays was really good.

The displays are interesting and, apart from one, very well curated. I was particularly interested in the parts on health – for a traveller, the development of the Liverpool Tropical Diseases unit was surprisingly fascinating. Liverpool had a pivotal role in world trade for two centuries, and it’s an interesting town and well worth its own museum. I was shocked to learn about the British forcibly deporting hundreds of legal Chinese residents after world war two, for example – I had no idea that happened. The displays on the Liverpool Overhead Railway were particularly well done (if less shocking), and I thought that there was a good balance of material in the display on the port that did not overlap too much with the nearby Maritime Museum.

For me, the weakest part of the displays was the bit on Liverpool’s impact on music and sport. For a start, this makes the Liverpool museum about the fourth in the city to devote extensive floor space to the Beatles, but because there are so many museums dedicated to the Beatles the display is a bit – how can I put this – ropey. “Pair of glasses that might have been owned by John”; “plastic toy guitar with picture of Paul” – that kind of thing. There is nothing but an overhead sign on more recent contributions like the Cream Superclub, which I would have been more interested in. I know it isn’t as famous as the Beatles, but I am sure that the current crop of pop from America, for example, owes something to the Cream Sound. It’s certainly been more influential than the Zutons, who as far as I could tell were the only more modern band even mentioned. The sport displays are a little better, but even so, I think this bit could be strengthened. There was also a display on the artistic response to the Hillsborough Disaster, which I was fascinated by, but I think it could have done with a bit more explanation about what Hillsborough was, for non-UK or very young visitors.

The museum is very modern, with lots of touch screen displays and games for children to play, and interesting interactive exhibits. This worked very well when we were there, although museums that rely on that kind of display can sometimes be difficult to get around on very busy days in summer because if one person is watching all the videos, others can’t get in to see. The non-interactive signs are generally quite informative, but could do with strengthening up a bit in the military history part. That said, the museum is very good fun and I think it would be a good place to take young children. They even have special children’s packs at the door, featuring a small Liverpudlian spider character, to help children learn.

Also, despite how new the museum is, someone has already pinched four of the five replica military helmets that were there for trying on and some of the headsets for the interactive display. Whoever that was, they are officially scum – honestly, what are you going to *do* with a disconnected museum headset, other than stop others listening to the display?

Entrance is free, although they ask for a donation and that seems fair. There is, of course, a café and a gift shop. I had lunch in the café and the butternut and feta lasagne is actually really tasty and not as ridiculously expensive as many museum shops. All in all, well worth a trip.
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Nicely done! Sep 01, 2011
The Museum of Liverpool showcases some of the best things amongst many of the museums in Liverpool. I particularly enjoyed the exhibits about how people survived and fought during the world wars, and thought that the tribute with the soldiers that had lost their lives was rather poignant. The recreated house about living conditions in industrial England was rather neat, and was engaging for younger visitors especially. In general, I think the museum strikes a very good balance between entertaining the old and young alike. At places, there are great views of the city near the windows. Also, there are exhibits which show more stuff that relates to the Beatles and the city’s role in the British Empire (as a hub for shipping and slavery). Apart from the exhibits themselves, I really liked the spiral staircase and thought that its arty design was quite the feature in itself! The staff on hand are very knowledgeable and helpful, and a brief map of the museum layout is available from the reception area. If you visit just one museum in Liverpool, make it this one!
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