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    Waker Art Gallery

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 6, 2009

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    The Walker is one of England's finest art galleries - far more interesting than my last visit to the National Gallery in London a few weeks previously. There is art here from medieval times to the present time and instantly recognisable paintings such as one of my favourites - "When did you last see your father?".
    The best painting however is Ben Johnsons "Liverpool Cityscape " which is an exceptionally detailed painting of Liverpool from the waterfront.
    There are constant changing exhibitions within and we saw paintings of George Melly and another of art in sports clothes design.
    The cafe has one of the best cups of coffee in Liverpool and a selection of hot meals and snacks.
    If you only have time for one gallery in Liverpool choose this one.

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    Merseyside Maritime Museum

    by SallyM Written Sep 23, 2008

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    Merseyside Maritime Museum

    This museum is all about Liverpool's connections with the sea. Permanent exhibitions include one on three doomed ships with Liverpool links: the Titanic, the Lusitania and the Empress of Ireland; the World War II Battle of the Atlantic; and Life at Sea.

    There is currently a temporary exhibition called 'Magical History Tour' about the history of Liverpool from 1207 to the present (until 27 September 2009), which I found very interesting.

    Opening hours are 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and admission is free.

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    World Museum

    by SallyM Written Sep 23, 2008

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    World Museum, Liverpool

    The World Museum in Liverpool is a bit like a miniature version of London's British Museum, Science Museum and Natural History Museum combined.

    The 'Ancient World' floor, strangely, has exhibits relating to Rome, Greece and Anglo-Saxon England. Ancient Egypt is currently being rebuilt and will re-open in December 2008.

    There is currently also a rather good temporary exhibition called 'The Beat Goes on' about all the music associated with Liverpool over the past 60 years (not just the Beatles) - it runs until 1 November 2009.

    Admission is free. Open 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.

    There is a coffee shop on the ground floor and a cafe on the top floor.

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    Walker Art Gallery

    by SallyM Written Sep 23, 2008

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    Walker Art Gallery

    The Walker Art Gallery is a municipal Art Gallery with an exceptional collection of fine and decorative art. It has permanent exhibition rooms covering medieval and renaissance, 17th-century, 18th-century, Victorian and 20th-century art, as well as space for special exhibitions. Highlights include 'Self-portrait as a Young Man' by Rembrandt and 'Peter Getting out of Nick's Pool' by David Hockney.

    Open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Admission is free.

    There is a cafe serving savoury dishes and snacks, at very reasonable prices on the ground floor.

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    Victoria Museum & Gallery

    by SapineKuu Updated Jul 21, 2008

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    Located in the rather Hogwart’esque Victoria building the Victoria Museum & Gallery is finally open and free! Designed in 1888 by the Liverpool born architect Alfred Waterhouse this impressive heap of gothic excess was the original home of Liverpool University College and the origin of the term ‘red brick’ university. The building had outgrown its use and after much head scratching was kindly 'gifted' back to the city whose philanthropy paid for it. It appears the university also emptied out their cupboards in search of suitable exhibits and have produced an eclectic mix of the weird and wonderful. Gaze in wonderment at many preserved creepy critters, Egyptian artefacts worthy of Indiana Jones and skeletons of everything from a Hedwig type owl to a famous racehorse. Gasp at the paintings of improbable looking birds by the famous American artist JJ Audubon and fall asleep at the display of old calculating machines that will have the Grandpa Simpsons amongst you droning on about “I remember in my day…….” For a bit of levity relax in the airy café and amuse yourself with the exhibits found during building renovation including embarrassing post cards sent and lost by students back in the days when even travelling to the shops was something of an adventure.

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    Walker Gallery

    by darkjedi Written Apr 29, 2008
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    The Walker Art Gallery is an art gallery in Liverpool, which houses one of the largest art collections in England, outside of London. It is promoted as "the National Gallery of the North".

    It houses a collection including many Italian and Netherlandish paintings from 1350–1550, European art from 1550–1900 including works by Rembrandt, Poussin and Degas, 18th and 19th century British art, including a major collection of Victorian painting and many Pre-Raphaelite works, a wide collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, 20th century works by artists such as Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Gilbert and George and a major sculpture collection.

    I liked this gallery, its well laid out and easy to wander from room to room safe in the knowledge you won't miss much as the layout is logical and thought through. Try doing the same in the Venice Academia!

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    TATE Liverpool

    by King_Golo Written Mar 18, 2008

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    Entrance to TATE Gallery

    TATE Liverpool came up with a quite interesting exhibition about the works of Niki de Saint-Phalle when I was there (until May 5th 2008). Among the items shown were several of her early works in which she tried some kind of destructive art - meaning, she shot bullets through aerosol cans filled with paint and let them blot colour all over the rest of the painting.
    Apart from this exhibition there is an exhibition about the twentieth century (DLA Piper Series) which goes on until spring 2009.
    TATE Liverpool is located in the premises of Albert Dock and can therefore be combined with a visit to the Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum which are just around the corner.

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    Limited time to visit National Museums (sadly!)

    by gordonilla Written Feb 23, 2008
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    The National Museums Liverpool is the only group of museums which are truly National but based outside of London.

    These venues house a wide range of varied collections covering everything from social history to space travel, entomology to ethnology, dinosaurs to docks, arts to archaeology.

    Check out their web site and make an effort to visit them if you possibly can.

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    Liverpool World Museum

    by JoelWillTravel Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    Liverpool World Museum is a must do when in Liverpool, with so much to see and do it's hard to know where to start. It has five floors of things to see and do.
    The museum has free entry and is open every day from 10am to 5pm.
    Floor 1 is the Aquarium with displays of live fish and other animals. And also the treasure house theatre.
    Floor 2 is the Clore Natural History Centre where you can find out about the world of plants, animals, rocks and minerals in this hands on area. Also on floor 2 is the bug house, with some huge insects both living and non living. Floor two also has a special exhibitions area where guest artist are on hand to display their art and hold workshops. While I was there I had the pleasure of meeting a great artist named Tony Phillips who's produced some fantastic pieces of art in his makeshift workshop there.
    Floor 3 Is the Weston Discovery Centre where you can find out about people across the world, past and present. Also on floor 3 is the Anciet World area where you can disover the worlds of ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Anglo Saxons from things they have made.
    Floor 4 is Dinosaur skeletons, fossils and footprints. Also on floor 4 is the Natural World area where you can learn about the Plains of Africa to the great rainforests of South America.
    Floor 5 is all about space and time, lear about atoms and the see the star exhibits. There is also info on 500 years of clocks, watches and scientific instruments. Floor 5 is also home to the famous Planetarium where you can see the magic of the night sky, free tickets for the Planetarium are available from the reception desk at the entrance to the museum.
    My descriptions really don't do this place any justice, you really have to go and see for yourself how good the exhibits are.
    There are toilets on every floor and a restaurant on floor 5. There is also a small cafe in the entrance area.

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    Maritime on the Mersey.

    by wandabendik Updated Jul 3, 2007

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    Merseyside Maritime Museum.

    Housed in a former warehouse at Liverpool’s Albert Dock, the Merseyside Maritime Museum explores the city’s maritime history.
    From tales of the titanic to the award winning Transatlantic Slavery Gallery. Ship models, painting.

    Telling the story of Liverpool's seafaring heritage and the merchant navy
    The Merseyside Maritime Museum tells the history of one of the world's greatest ports and the people who used it. For many it was a gateway to a new life in other countries. For others, its importance to the slave trade had less happy consequences. From slavers to luxury liners, submarine hunters to passenger ferries, discover Liverpool's central role in centuries at sea.

    Open every day 10am - 5pm Free Entry!

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    Maritime Liverpool

    by Lochlann Written Jul 16, 2006

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    Albert Dock

    On Albert Dock, which is already worth a walk, not for the shops but to get an idea of what the harbour looked like when the warehouses and docks were still in use, there are three museums:
    -The Merseyside Maritime museum, which is FREE, is fantastic. from liners to big sailing ships and war vessels, with models and interesting displays, you can wander and wonder for hours.
    -The HM customs and Excise museum, situated in the same building as the Maritime museum, is very interesting and full of curious anecdots about customs and smuggling.
    -The museum of Liverpool Life presents life in liverpool during the last 200 years. It is situated in different houses next to the main warehouses.
    -The docks are also an open air museum with boats and mooring settlement to walk around.

    I have not done it all, keeping bits for next times. You can spend a whole day there, and have a drink or a snack in the restaurants and bars situated all around the docks.

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    Have a Merry time at the Maritime Museum

    by jetwind Written Jul 4, 2006

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    The dry dock at the Maritame museum

    The Merseyside Maritime Museum tells the history of one of the world's greatest ports and the people who used it. For many it was a gateway to a new life in other countries. For others, its importance to the slave trade had less happy consequences. From slavers to luxury liners, submarine hunters to passenger ferries, discover Liverpool's central role in centuries at sea.

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    Love or hate just visit the Tate

    by jetwind Written Jul 4, 2006

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    Tate Museum - Tate Liverpool is the home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the North of England and the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art outside London. Tate Liverpool is housed in a beautiful converted warehouse that is part of the historic Albert Dock.

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    Great museum about Liverpool Life

    by JoelWillTravel Written Apr 24, 2006

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    The museum tells the story of the people of Liverpool, their culture and contribution to our national life. You can explore the city's rich history, heritage, communities and industries. Interactive displays bring to life the workers, soldiers, entertainers and ordinary people who have made Liverpool such a remarkable city.
    It has all sorts of interesting things describing Liverpool's past and present under one roof. A lot of interesting things to see, hear and do here. Has a very interesting section on the famous Kings Army Regiment and the History of Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs with an actual of the Old famous Spion Kop from Anfield. Also has a section on living with the Romans which explains Liverpools link to Roman times, has two ships outside and you can get onto one which shows how the seamen of Liverpool would have lived back in the day.

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    TATE

    by jumanuel Written Mar 17, 2006

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    The TATE museum is all an experience, it's a big museum and it will take you at least half a day or more - it will depend of your interest. As my interest are general I spent here a very nice time, before going to a bar when I realized about the time.

    Well, the tate is an important museum for Britan, due to is one of the largest museums outside London, with a good collection of contemporary art from the 1900 to our days. It includes some performances, sculpture, photography - wish I strongly recomment and some videos.

    Admission is free, but if there is an special exibithion you want to visit - 4 Pounds.
    The museum is close on Mondays

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