Museums and Galleries

Liverpool is a city rich in the arts and is undoubtedly one of the best places in England to view and explore all things creative, visionary and historic.

  1. World Museum Liverpool: combines historic treasures from across the globe with the latest interactive technology on everything from real live bugs to Egyptian mummies, prehistoric pottery to space exploration and Britain's only free Planetarium. 
  2. Walker Art Gallery: discover over six centuries of art at the national gallery of the north, home to one of Europe's finest collections of fine and decorative -from Renaissance masters to contemporary stars. .
  3. National Conservation Centre: is where science meets art. Conservators based here look after National Museums Liverpool's diverse collections. Everything from Roman sculpture to Cold War spacesuits comes here to be preserved and restored. 
  4. Lady Lever Art Gallery displays: British 18th and 19th century paintings, 18th century furniture and outstanding examples of Wedgwood and Chinese - all collected by William Hesketh Lever, the first Lord Leverhulme. 
  5. Sudley House: is home to the only Victorian merchant's art collection held in its original setting, with paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner and Landseer bought by ship owner George Holt. 
  6. Merseyside Maritime Museum (MMM): tells the history of Liverpool's central role as the gateway to the new world, how the Titanic, Lusitania and Empress of Ireland tragedies affected the city and how the port provided a lifeline in times of war and peace. 
  7. Customs and Excise Museum: reopens in May'08 as a brand new gallery in the basement of MMM. 'Seized: revenue and customs uncovered 'will be the national museum of HM Revenue and Customs, drawing on contraband seizures and other archive material from all over the country. Albert Dock, Liverpool city centre.
  8. International Slavery Museum explores both the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery, addressing the many legacies of the slave trade and reveals many untold stories of bravery and rebellion amongst the enslaved people. 
  9. Tate Liverpool exhibits some of the most magnificent 20th an 21st- century Modern Art and was host to the 2007 Turner Prize, the first time the competition has been held outside London since its launch in 1984.
  10. Open Eye Gallery: exhibits and promotes fresh and thought-provoking photography.
  11. FACT (the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology): is the UK's leading organisation for the presentation of film, video and new media, working to champion new and emerging forms of creativity, engaging a wider range of artists.
  12. the Bluecoat: housed in the city's oldest building, is known locally as Liverpool's creative hub, and has recently been re-opened after a ú12.5mil refurbishment.
  13. Liverpool Biennial: every 2 years the visionary Liverpool Biennial turns the city into a progressive work of art. 

One for the future:

Museum of Liverpool: opening in 2010, on Liverpool's World Heritage waterfront, the Museum of Liverpool will be a bigger and better version of the former museum, which had been a popular waterfront attraction since 1993.

Other museums and galleries:

For further information about Liverpool's wide range of independent museums visit artinliverpool.com

Download the freemp3 tour of Liverpool's World Heritage Trail at liverpool08.com