Opened in 2011, the Museum of Liverpool displays exhibits on the history, archeology and social life of Liverpool. The goal is to represent the global meaning of Liverpool. The museum provides a good insight into the history of Liverpool and how Liverpool likes to see it. The white building of Danish architects 3XN stands directly on the River Mersey between the "Three Graces" and the Albert Dock. The "Museum of Liverpool" has three levels. On the ground floor there is the entrance, a café, the museum shop, the theater where films are shown and the exhibitions "The Great Port", "Little Liverpool" (for children) and "Global City". On the first floor you will find the exhibitions "City Soldiers", "History Detectives" and "Liverpool Overhead Railway" of the former elevated railway of Liverpool. on the second floor there are the exhibitions "The People's Republic" (social themes and culture) and "Wondrous Place" with the galleries Football Show and Beatles Show. Admission is free.
The Walker Art Gallery has a very interesting collection that not only houses paintings from different eras, but also fashion, decorative art, sculptures and video installations. Among the most famous paintings in the Kunsthalle are the works of David Hockney, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Turner, Rembrandt von Rijn and Nicolas Poussin. Highlights of the museum include an amber cabinet (Amber Cabinet), the sculpture Tinted Venus by John Gibson and the Minton Peacock by Paul Comolera. The Walker Art Gallery is the most famous museum in Liverpool and very impressive.
The World Museum in Liverpool has 7 collections from the fields of Ancient Art, Botany, Ethnology, Geology, Horology, Physics and Zoology. The Antique Collection is the museum's treasure with around 80,000 finds from Egypt, Greece, the Roman Empire and Mesopotamia. The World Museum also exhibits very interesting temporary exhibitions, it is worth to visit the website and to inform yourself about the current exhibition. Admission is free, but you have to pay for special exhibitions.
The offshoot of the famous Tate Gallery in London has set up a remarkable exhibition hall in the Albert Docks. The exhibition mainly shows British art and international modern and contemporary art. Admission to the Tate Gallery Liverpool collection is free, but you have to pay for temporary exhibitions. For current exhibitions, opening times and admission prices check the link below.
The "British Music Experience" is the British Museum of Pop Music. The Music Museum is located in the Cunard Building on the Liverpool Waterfront. In front of the building is also the Beatles statue. The museum shows the history of British music. You can see costumes, musical instruments and other objects from the big stars of the island. Besides the Beatles there is David Bowie, Oasis, Adele and many others. The museum has a café and a shop where you can buy devotional items from the stars.
In a once as important port city as Liverpool there must be a maritime museum. In the old warehouses in the Albert Dock you can feel the history directly. The Albert Dock opened in 1845, but by 1860 it was too small for the big steamships. The Merseyside Maritime Museum was established in the old warehouse in 1986. The exhibition shows ship models, paintings and depicts the history of the Royal Navy.
The Beatles are everywhere in Liverpool, there are Beatles statues and buses that drive you to the famous places like "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields". Anyone who wants to know how the 4 young men met and how their little band became famous, can experience all this in "The Beatles Story". In here the legendary "Cavern Club" was recreated, which was located at Mathew Street until it was demolished. Incidentally, there are now 3 new "Cavern Clubs" on Mathew Street. The "Fab4" were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. The most famous Beatle was John Lennon who was shot dead at Central Park in New York City.
Museums in the UK
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