The great thing about museums is the ever-changing exhibitions and special events that are held in them throughout the year and the plethora of Liverpool museums are no different. Having been designated the City of Culture in 2008, Liverpool has the right to shout from the rooftops about just how culture-rich the city is and the museums help to demonstrate that.
A visit to the city will put you in the perfect position to explore what its museums have to offer and if you book a Travelodge in Liverpool, you can make the most of your time here before you have to return up. While there are plenty of other attractions in incorporate into your visit, the joy of museums are that, in most cases, they’re completely free – perfect if you’re on a tight budget.
This summer season certainly doesn’t disappoint in the realms of Liverpool museums; not forgetting the ongoing celebrations to commemorate 50 years of The Beatles that can be found in various parts of the city. Keep an eye out for The Beatles events and breathe a little rock and roll into your museum-orientated visit.
The International Slavery Museum has various special exhibitions on offer this summer, including ‘Oil Boom, Delta Burns’ (until 1st September), which documents the injustice that is happening in the Niger Delta as a result of the oil industry and ‘White Gold: the true cost of cotton’, which takes a look at the exploitation of people to ensure the smooth operation of this multi-billion dollar industry.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum encompasses all things maritime, including the Seized! exhibit that takes a look at the work of Border Control. Exhibitions include ‘Letters from the American Civil War’ which is part of the ongoing programme focussed on the Civil War and includes various letters sourced from the Maritime Archives and Library, ‘Messing about in Boats’ which includes a display of four vessels that people have used, locally, to enjoy the water and ‘Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story’ which marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking and explores the significance that Liverpool had in the ship’s story.
The Museum of Liverpool has a huge range of displays and exhibitions on offer, including the Hillsborough tribute, ‘Spray for Justice’ and a look into Merseyside life with ‘Merseystyle’. Displays include a special flock of charity rubber ducks, which until they set off on a race from Pier Head on the 21st September, have taken up residence in the Atrium of the museum and the interactive ‘Mi Smarthouse’ that looks at some easy life devices that can help to maintain a person’s independence.
The World Museum helps visitors to gain insight into the cultures of the world and its latest exhibitions, including ‘Telling Tales’ that explores the art of Indian storytelling and ‘West African Donors’ that displays portraits of West African donors who have made donations to the museum in the early 20th century.
Plenty to be seen at Liverpool’s museums – you’ll need at least a couple of days to see it all. Take a look at the museum highlights online and start planning your cultural itinerary.