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Museums and Galleries Walk (Self Guided), Liverpool

A wonderful mix of classic and contemporary art styles can be enjoyed at some of the best artistic venues in Liverpool. The city's numerous galleries invite you in. Liverpool is home to numerous extraordinary museums, as well. As the European Capital of Culture in 2008, the city is ready to show you diverse aspects of its historical and maritime past and present. Take the following self-guided tour to discover the most popular museums and galleries in the city.
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Museums and Galleries Walk Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Walk
Guide Location: England » Liverpool (See other walking tours in Liverpool)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Author: irenes
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum of Liverpool
  • Tate Gallery
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • International Slavery Museum
  • The Beatles Story
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Museum of Liverpool

1) Museum of Liverpool (must see)

The Museum of Liverpool is the newest addition to the National Museums Liverpool group, opened in 2011 replacing the former Museum of Liverpool Life. The intention is for the new venue to tell the story of Liverpool and its people, and reflect the city’s global significance. The museum is housed in a new purpose-built building on the Mann Island site at the Pier Head.

Exhibits from the entirety of National Museums Liverpool's collections are used for the Museum of Liverpool's displays. They tell the story of the city through items from collections of costume and decorative art, entomological and botanical collections and objects representing social and urban history, as well as oral testimonies, archaeological material, and photographic archives.

The Museum displays are divided into four main themes: The Great Port, Global City, People’s Republic, and Wondrous Place, located in four large gallery spaces. The Museum also features: Little Liverpool, a gallery for children under six; History Detectives, an interactive archaeology and history resource centre; a 180-seat theatre for community and audio-visual performances and meeting facilities. It also has a gallery called "City Soldiers" which tells the story of the King's Regiment.

Why You Should Visit:
Not only an outstanding piece of modernist design but also an amazing waterfront location, not to mention a surprising amount to learn about Liverpool's history.
Plus – helpful and friendly staff, gift shop, clean toilets on every floor, large affordable café, and even a separate room to use for indoor picnics when weather is poor.

Tip:
Use the lockers on the ground floor to save you having to carry any bags, then get the lift to the top floor so you can work our way down and not have to keep climbing stairs.
On the top floor, get into the exhibition room and walk straight till the end – there's a glass wall to enjoy the view of River Mersey and the Liver Building. The restrooms there have less of a queue, too.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Tate Gallery

2) Tate Gallery

Tate Liverpool was created to display work from the Tate Collection, which comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, as well as international modern art. The gallery also has a programme of temporary exhibitions. Until 2003, Tate Liverpool was the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art in the UK outside London.

The gallery opened in 1988 and is housed in a converted warehouse within the Albert Dock on Liverpool's waterfront. The original conversion was done by James Stirling but the building was given a major refurbishment in 1998 to create additional gallery space. In 2007, the foyer area was redesigned by architects Arca to create an updated appearance and better proportions, as well as to improve visitor handling. Behind the scenes, Arca also made alterations to the hospitality, cloakroom, events and education areas.

Why You Should Visit:
Great layout & light, and although not all of the art may be to your taste, there is always something to like.
Surely not as massive as Tate London, but you can look at things without being pushed out of the way by tourists.
There's a café where you can enjoy a revitalizing drink; there is also a decent variety of food, plus a souvenir shop provided.
And, of course, unless you want to see the paid-for exhibitions, it's all free (although you're encouraged, not unreasonably, to donate).

Tip:
There are lockers in the basement for coats, bags, etc., which take a £1 coin that's refunded.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Merseyside Maritime Museum

3) Merseyside Maritime Museum (must see)

The city of Liverpool, and the surrounding county of Merseyside, both have a proud maritime museum. The region’s name comes from the River Mersey, a wide inlet from the Irish Sea which adjoins Liverpool. Access to the sea along the river allowed the city to become one of the world’s great trading ports during the Industrial Revolution. The Merseyside Maritime Museum is a celebration of Liverpool’s shipping history. It is located on Albert Dock, at the heart of Liverpool’s Mercantile Maritime City, an area of historic docklands that have been made a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The ground floor of the museum houses an exhibition on the shipping lines and companies that made Liverpool a global maritime trade centre. Other exhibitions show life in a port city in the modern day, including an interactive feature on Customs and Border Control, as well as a poignant tribute to the Titanic, the ocean liner which bore the city’s name on her doomed maiden voyage.

The museum also offers a range of child-friendly, nautically themed events throughout the year, as well as a guided tour of Liverpool’s Old Dock, which lies close to the building.

Why You Should Visit:
Engaging for both kids and adults with lots of interactive exhibits; a fantastic place to learn about Liverpool's maritime history.
Even if you view the ocean as little more than a scary, jellyfish-packed beach-separator, a visit to this nautical relic-fest is advised.

Tip:
On the ground floor, there are lockers to put belongings in to save you carrying bags and coats about.
If you find you have a spare hour, get booked in for an entertaining and informative guided tour.
Afterward, you can go to the top floor café (opens around noon), grab a drink or a bite and look out at the fantastic views of the docks and liver birds.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Free admission
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International Slavery Museum

4) International Slavery Museum

Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum houses a collection of exhibits relating to the Atlantic Slave Trade. Maritime routes established during the industrial revolution created a ‘trade triangle’ across the Atlantic. The infamous ‘middle passage’ of this triangle saw slaves from West and Central Africa shipped to the Americas in cramped and inhumane conditions, before being sold to plantation owners, or exchanged for the raw products produced by slave labour.

The Slavery Museum pays tribute to the history and culture of those who were enslaved, as well as recreating the harrowing ‘middle passage’ and life on a plantation. The attraction is housed above the Merseyside Maritime Museum but is being expanded to fill an adjacent building, formerly a TV studio. This new building will house a brand new Exhibition and Education Resource Centre, as well as an area of quiet contemplation for the victims of slavery.

Why You Should Visit:
To add a one-of-a-kind experience to your Liverpool itinerary – the contents, history, facts, statements and overall exhibition are impressive and shocking at the same time, even if you have knowledge over the subject already.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Free admission
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The Beatles Story

5) The Beatles Story (must see)

Situated in Albert Dock, the Beatles Story is a museum where you can get in touch with the very beginning of the band's history, starting in the late 1950s. A large amount of exhibition space is dedicated exclusively to the band and its four young lads. Your themed adventure will start with audio guides narrated by Paul McCartney, where he tells you how he first met John Lennon, and by Julia Lennon, who discloses the “Living History” of the band. You'll follow the Beatles in their hometown, to Germany and the Star Club, back to Liverpool in the famous Cavern Club and the next stops: London, USA and USSR. In addition, you can visit the "Going Solo" halls, the interactive Discovery Zone, FAB4STORE-1 with a multitude of souvenirs and merchandise for you and your family, the specially-designed Starbucks Coffeehouse and even see some of the band's original instruments.

Why You Should Visit:
However expensive, the place is tastefully laid out and very well organized, and the admission fee does include a multi-lingual headset which adds quality to the visit.

Tip:
It can be difficult to get tickets on the day, so if you are planning to go then it would really be worthwhile booking online (that way, you also avoid queueing). Cheaper tickets available if you search the web for discounts/vouchers.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm (subject to change – check online before you visit)

Walking Tours in Liverpool, England

Create Your Own Walk in Liverpool

Create Your Own Walk in Liverpool

Creating your own self-guided walk in Liverpool is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Beatles Tour in Liverpool, Part I

Beatles Tour in Liverpool, Part I

The birthplace of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Star, Liverpool is called the “Beatles Capital” for an apparent reason. The city saw the dawn of their musical career and has plenty of Beatles-themed bars, restaurants, hotels and other associated places. This guide will take you to some of the most prominent of them.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Top Religious Sites Walking Tour

Top Religious Sites Walking Tour

The architecture of religious buildings is especially impressive in the Liverpool. A mix of styles such as Gothic, Victorian, and Scandinavian makes Liverpool's landscape unforgettable. You will see some of the most popular religious attractions in Liverpool on this self guided walk.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Beatles Tour in Liverpool, Part II

Beatles Tour in Liverpool, Part II

Liverpool is permeated with The Beatles who seem to be everywhere! There are so many places associated with the Fab Four in the city: childhood homes, schools, bars. Some of them are rather unassuming places, at a glance, and thus can be easily overlooked. To prevent this from happening, take this self-guided walk to find the memorable spots in Liverpool no Beatles fan can afford to miss!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Beatles Pub Crawl

Beatles Pub Crawl

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Beatles Tour in Liverpool, Part III

Beatles Tour in Liverpool, Part III

Now that you have been to a good number of spots in Liverpool associated with the Beatles, it is high time to explore the “early days” of the Fab Four in their hometown and see where it all started. On this self-guided walk you will visit the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the place where they met and gave birth to the greatest band in the history of rock-n-roll!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Liverpool Introduction Walk

Liverpool Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles