Home to fascinating museums, intriguing historic sites and unique cultural attractions, Liverpool has a range of things to do and see during a trip. If you're planning a trip to Liverpool and want to include the Museum of Liverpool on your itinerary, find out all you need to know about visiting the museum to make the most of your experience.

About the Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool is part of the National Museums Liverpool group and chronicles the local history of the city and its people. As one of the premier museums in the city, it spans 8,000 square metres and offers a collection of over 6,000 artefacts that range from entomological collections to costume and decorative art.

What to see and do at the Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool has a diverse range of collections that span the history of the city. Here are some of the top highlights to include on your itinerary.

Land transport

The land transport section is one of the museum's top collections. It's home to over 200 vehicles that were significant to the growth and development of Liverpool's docks and expanding rail and road networks. In this collection, you can see a variety of handcarts, tractors, quayside cranes, historic fire and police vehicles, horse-drawn carriages and other horse-drawn vehicles. Some of the notable artefacts include the Liver Phaeton, the Sentinel Steam Tractor, Lion and Liverpool Overhead Railway Motorcoach No.3, a Mersey Tunnel Scrubber and Tramcar 245.

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Trolleynexhibit in the Museum of Liverpool

Liverpool Blitz photographs

During the Second World War, the bombing that took place at Merseyside reached a peak from May 1 to May 7 in 1941. Known as the 'May Blitz', it's the most concentrated series of air attacks on a British city during the war, other than London. Much of the port area and the residential areas nearby were severely damaged or devastated. The Liverpool Blitz photographs offer a collection of images that show some of the devastations during the May Blitz, including photographs from the Liverpool City Police's Criminal Investigation Department.

Huxley Hoard archaeology collection

As part of the Regional Archaeology collection, the Huxley Hoard offers a showcase of Viking silver artefacts that were discovered near Huxley in 2004. Initially discovered by a local metal detecting club at a rally, the hoard is believed to date to the first decade of the 10th century AD and contains 22 silver objects with elaborate adornments and stamped designs. Silver jewellery of this type have been found in other hoards in Northwest England, Wales and Norway, but this collection is believed to be bullion buried by Viking refugees who settled in Chesire and Wirral or the Vikings who raided this area of the city.

First World War collection

The First World War collection is part of the Social and Community History collection and marks the centenary of the war and its history in the city of Liverpool. This fascinating assortment showcases diverse objects and belongings that tell the story of the economic and cultural shift for women, charities and fundraising for the war effort, the impact on returning soldiers, the impact on local business owners and other ramifications of the war. Some of the highlights include a German shell, Peace Poppies, a Liverpool Victoria Legal Friendly Society Tribute Medal, and one week's salary in celebration of Peace 1919.

Practical information

Find out all the essential information you need to plan a trip to the Museum of Liverpool, such as how to get there, times and ticket prices.

How to get to the Museum of Liverpool

Located at Pier Head, the Museum of Liverpool is easy to access from multiple transport options. You can walk from the Liverpool city centre and follow signs for Pier Head, or ride a bike and park at the bicycles bays opposite the museum's entrance. The nearest bus station is on Paradise Street near the Liverpool ONE Complex, though some bus services and coaches drop off at Pier Head. The nearest train station is James Street station, which is about a 5-minute walk away. You can take a ferry from Mersey Ferries to the terminal near the museum, which runs throughout the day from Seacombe and Woodside on the Wirral.

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The Museum ofnLiverpool cartoon exhibit

Opening times

The Museum of Liverpool is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Tickets

The Museum of Liverpool is free to visit, however, donations are welcomed. Special events or exhibitions may have an admission price.

Plan your trip to Liverpool

With so much fascinating local history and rare artefacts, the Museum of Liverpool is a must-visit attraction to include on your trip. When it comes time to plan, take a look at Liverpool hotels on Expedia and get ready for an unforgettable holiday!