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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.

    Entrance to the Liverpool World Museum Totem pole in the reception area of LWM Bugs in the Bug House One of the Mummies in the Egyptian area A totem pole in the South American area.
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    Liverpool Museum

    by MrKarl Written Jan 4, 2004

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    This is the city's main museum, built in 1765 it is located on William Brown Street next to the Walker Art Gallery.

    It is one of many museums in Liverpool, and as with most entrance is free.

    The museum has many collections and ever changing exhibitions, the most popular including the award winning planetarium and also the fish section.

    Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm

    Liverpool Museum may close temporarily at short notice as a result of building work. You are advised to telephone 0151 478 4399, international telephone +44 151 478 4399, before you visit.

    If I'm honest, museums normally bore me, but Liverpool museum is the best I've ever visited in the world, it's themed sections are fantastic and you most definitely won't be disappointed.

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    Museum of Liverpool Life

    by Bigs Written Jan 8, 2005

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    This museum shows the way of living in the "pool of life" over the years. It's quite interesting and so you might want to give it a try on a rainy weathers day. It ś free, as all museums in Liverpool! Still think that this is wonderful, so you can come and go as you like....

    Nice place for a museum

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    Museum of Liverpool Life

    by Bigs Updated Jan 8, 2005

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    This museum shows the way of living in the "pool of life" over the years. It's quite interesting and so you might want to give it a try on a rainy weathers day. It ś free, as all museums in Liverpool! Still think that this is wonderful, so you can come and go as you like....

    How would it be to live in this house by the river? Looks inviting to me....

    Nice place for a museum

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    Museum of Liverpool

    by slothtraveller Updated Mar 22, 2012

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    This fantastic new museum, replacing the Museum of Liverpool Life, opened in 2010. It is open daily between 10am and 5pm except over Christmas and New Year. The ground floor and second floor are open and the first floor is set to open at the end of 2011.
    As admission to the museum was free, I thought I would check it out and I was really impressed. The building itself is very contemporary and is a striking addition to the Albert Dock scenery. Inside the entrance is very airy and spacious and there are lots of staff patrolling the museum if you need any help.
    The upper floor of the museum houses the 'Wondrous Place' exhibition which gives you an insight into life in Liverpool. Here you can learn about the origins of the Scouse dialect, check out memorabilia from Liverpool and Everton football clubs, listen to some music by Liverpool's many musicians, even journey back in time to see what life was like in an authentic Liverpool chip shop!
    From the upper floor you are treated to a panoramic view of the Mersey, the Liver Building and Pier Head.
    Note December 2011: 4 new galleries have opened at the museum! These are: The Great Port, Liverpool Overhead Railway, History Detectives and City Soldiers. I liked being able to walk inside the overhead railway!

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  • TATE GALLERY

    by sabsi Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    Tate Liverpool opened in 1988 in a converted warehouse in the Albert Dock. It is full of modern art and claims to be the largest modern art gallery in the UK outside London.

    Unfortunately I didn't have the time to visit during both my visits. Only one of the reasons why I have to go back to Liverpool some day!

    Like most of the museums in Liverpool Tate is free.

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  • MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM

    by sabsi Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    Nine million emigrants left Liverpool between 1830 and 1930 for new lifes in the USA or Australia. The maritime museum at Albert Dock tells there stories and it really is a nice place to spend a rainy day!

    Apart from these emigrant stories in the basement which were my favourite part of the exhibition you will find out more about Liverpool owned Titanic and other steamers of White Star Line here. There's a huge section on WWII and there's an exhibition on slavery as well.

    Outside the museum there's some exhibits which you can see without going into the museum, e.g. the Lusitania's propeller.

    The Lusitania was a luxury steamship owned by Liverpool based Cunard Steamship Company. It sank 11 miles off the Irish coast in 1915 when it was hit by a torpedo from German submarine U-20. The Lusitania was apparently listed as Armed Merchant Cruiser. It sank within 18 minutes, 1201 people died.

    As most other museums in Liverpool the Maritime Museum is free.

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    Merseyside Maritime Museum

    by littlesam1 Updated Apr 20, 2003

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    Matthew Street and The Beatles are not the only things to do in Liverpool. There are many other things to see and do. One of the better locations to visit is the Maritime Museum. It is located in the tourist area of the Albert Docks. There are wonderful exhibits on the Luisitania and the Titantic.

    Danielle at the Maritime Museum

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    Merseyside Maritime Museum

    by slothtraveller Updated Oct 13, 2011

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    A welcome addition to the Albert Docks regeneration, this museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Admission is free.
    The highlight of the museum is a sprawling exhibition on Liverpool's wartime maritime history, focussing primarily on the loss of the Lusitania. There are also exhibits regarding the sinking of the Titanic, although for a more comprehensive and emotional exhibition on the Titanic, I would recommend the Maritime Museum in Southampton over this one in Liverpool. You can take photos, although flash photography is prohibited. Also this museum has great access. Wide revolving doors, lifts and ramps make this an ideal location for disabled visitors.
    Housed in the same building on one of the upper floors, you can find the International Slavery Museum. The museum is gives an insight into West African cultures, as well as life on the plantations for slaves in the Americas. Personally I found this museum rather sterile. For a subject as thought-provoking as slavery, I was hoping the museum would have more of an impact. Instead it seems to meander off into a celebration of successful Black people such as Muhammad Ali, Dame Kelly Holmes, Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey among others. Strangely the museum awkwardly refers to these people as the 'legacy of slavery'. Not sure if that is entirely appropriate.

    Merseyside Maritime Museum
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    Outside Maritime Museum

    by sandysmith Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    Don't forget to explore the outside for the external exhibits of the Maritime Museum - several boats on display. There's also a great view across to the "3 Graces" from the entrance of the museum - although there is a better view from the top floor of the museum (where my page intro pic was taken.

    outside the Maritime Museum

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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.

    Checking out the cake exhibits! Grand Gothic Design Make an Exhibition of Yourself!
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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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    Maritime Museum

    by sandysmith Written Dec 8, 2002

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    Merseyside Maritime museum in the Albert Dock complex is well worth a few hours of you time. It offers a unique insight into the history of the great port of Liverpool - covers the wars, emigration, slavery and Titanic and Lusitania exhibitions to name a few.

    Maritime Museum outside the museum

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    TATE Liverpool

    by King_Golo Written Mar 18, 2008

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    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.

    Entrance to TATE Gallery
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    Geared to kids, but interesting nonetheless.

    by planxty Written Oct 12, 2009

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    On a day's relentless sightseeing in Liverpool recently, I visited the World Museum, and very interesting it was too. As the title suggests, there is a bias towards educating youngsters, a perfectly noble ambition, and the hordes (I use the word advisedly) of kids about the place bear witness to their success in this direction.

    Situated over a number of floors in a delightful old building (see photos), there does not seem to be any main theme. A decent aquarium sits close to an excellent collection of Egyptian artefacts, close by a great exhibition of world cultures, and much more.

    Speaking of the Egyptian exhibition, the staff in this Museum are great. I was leaving the Egyptian room, primarlily to avoid a particularly noisy group of 7 year olds when I was accosted by an attendant asking had I seen a particular exhibit. Actually, I hadn't and, with obvious pride, she showed me a belt worn by an ancient King (one of the Rameses, I believe). We had a good discussion about the workmanship involved in it and the possible provenance of certain stains. It was evident she was keen to show visitors what the Museum had to offer as opposed to the sour-faced attendants evident in so many museums worldwide. A nice touch, I thought.

    As with most UK museums now, entrance is free, although donations are gratefully received, and it certainly is worth donating for what is a very interesting experience. I probably spent two hours here, although I could have spent much longer had I had time.

    The Museum is open from 1000 - 1700 hours each day, excepting Christmas and New Years Day.

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