Liverpool’s museums – a free day out!

Key Points

  • The World Museum
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • International Slavery Museum
  • Museum of Liverpool
  • Locations
  • Opening times
  • What you will see


Although Liverpool is  synonymous with the Beatles there is much more to see and do which doesn’t necessarily involve music per se. Here is my take on four great attractions that don’t charge an entrance fee. You are invited to donate and we did as we enjoyed each one, but it is your choice and your budget which determines if you donate  or not.


1 The World Museum

This museum is located in William Brown Street in the aptly named Cultural Quarter of the city or St Georges. Not far from Lime Street Station and open  10am until 5pm most days.

Five floors of diversity is how I would describe it. In one visit you will see an aquarium and learn about the marine life in Liverpool’s estuary, see Egyptian mummies, learn about our endangered planet, see artefacts from across the world, go back in time to see dinosaurs and jump right up to present day in the space age section.

Clearly laid out with plenty of space to wander, toilets, lifts, cafe and shop and all this in a beautiful piece of Liverpool architecture.

2 The Merseyside Maritime Museum

This museum is housed in the same building as the International Slavery Museum right on the beautifully regenerated area of Albert Dock. Opening times 10am until 5pm most days.

Layout is easy to follow and the arrows navigate you around exhibitions that include working conditions for sailors, the Lusitania and Titanic and how Liverpool has always been a major port for trade. There are also boats out on the dock beautifully illuminated for Christmas. Highlight for me was reading some of the personal tales  of sailors from overseas settling in Liverpool and also the Titanic personal survival stories.

3 The International Museum of Slavery

Again the highlight for me was reading personal journals. The museum leads the visitor through similar journeys that many slaves would have endured, the time of abolition and Liverpool’s own relationship with slavery. There are many artefacts and at times some uncomfortable reading….. but read it you must if you are to understand this time in history.

4 The Museum of Liverpool

A huge modern building on the Pier Head and close to the Ferry terminals. A very interactive and colourful education about this great city which helps the visitor to understand its current culture displayed over three floors. Opening times 10am until 5pm most days.

I learned much about the city and its trading connections, the decline of the dock area and its current regeneration. Loved the information about the overhead railway. The relationship with different ethnic communities and its strong influence on music, art and movies means there is literally something for everyone including younger visitors.

For other attractions and reasons to visit Liverpool click on The A to Z of Liverpool or 26 reasons why to visit! and Liverpool at Christmas









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