The Liverpool Museum
On the Wednesday of half term we took a trip to The Liverpool Museum. It’s near the city centre at the Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront. We had said to the kids we would have a day out, but wanted to keep the cost down. And that’s just what we did as it was completely free to get in.
It’s open 10am -5pm daily, admission is free and you can also take a picnic, as there is a seating area for this, which is what we did. There is also a cafe that sells hot and cold food, free wifi, a gift shop and toilet facilities.
If you are taking a buggy or pram but don’t want to go round with it there is a buggy park on the ground floor. There are wheelchairs to hire and lift access to all floors.
You can buy a guide for £1.00 that shows highlights of the galleries, and there are lockers available to hire.
On the ground floor is the main entrance.
The gift shop and toilets are also on the ground floor. There is also a hands on facility here for the under 6’s which we didn’t see.
Our first stop was The Great Port.
This was great at discovering how Liverpool became one of the worlds greatest ports imports and exports and how it led the way in the Industrial revolution. We got to learn about dock workers and of course about the dock today.
There were plenty of hands on things that kept the kids interested.
We also saw Lion, an 1838 steam locomotive. This then led round to the Global City gallery
This gallery told us how Liverpool became the second city of the British Empire.
We learnt about the special relationship between Liverpool and Shanghai, and how trade transformed both cities. The cities have been twinned together since 1999. We took a look at the chinese community and historic Chinatown that has been in Liverpool since the 1870’s
Our twins had great fun in dressing up in traditional costumes.
We saw the Meccano exhibits, which interested the boys. It was invented by Frank Hornby who was from Liverpool.
Next door to this gallery was the lunch room, which is open everyday between 12-2pm for you to sit and have a picnic. It was a nice touch especially as it meant this fab day for us hadn’t cost us anything, which is a very rare thing these days.
On the walls in the lunch room were lots of pictures of the people of Liverpool old and new. I loved this.
Straight after lunch we headed up to the first floor. We headed straight over to look at the Liverpool Overhead Railway. Built in 1893 it was the first of its kind in the world. It was built to help ease congestion along the 7 miles of Liverpool’s docks. It was also called the dockers umbrella as it was overhead it provided the dock workers shelter from the rain.
They pulled it down in the 1950’s. The replica in the museum is placed at the same height as the real thing.
We the walked around to the History Detectives gallery.I think the kids found this the most interesting, especially Colby. There was a huge map and timeline and told the story of where the city came from right back as far as the Ice Age until present day.
We also took a look at the City Soldiers gallery, which tells the story of one of Britain’s oldest regiment. The kids loved looking at the Tower of medals, there was an interactive database that helped identify all the different medals.
We then went up to the 2rd and final floor. The view across the Mersey and the City was beautiful.
We walked around The People’s Republic. This gallery took a look at the people of Liverpool and their lives. Their identity and accent and where that comes from. Social issues, tourism and what makes Liverpool unique to other parts of the UK. I felt I looked at this part of the museum differently to James and the kids. Being from London I could instantly see what the was different and unique to Liverpool.
We then headed over to the Wondrous Place Gallery, this was a celebration of all Liverpool’s talent. Sports, musicians, artist, writers and comedians. There are also two films you can see Kicking and Screaming football show and The Beatles show. You can see both but we chose the football film while Carson was having a nap. It told the of both Everton and Liverpool football teams and the friendly rivalry between them, and asked the question ‘Are you red or are you blue?’
The girls had a lot of fun singing a few famous Beatles tunes
James has long been getting me to try cooking Scouse. I haven’t even after 13 years of living here, he lives in hope.
And that was our day out complete, it was such a lovely family day. The kids enjoyed it far more than I thought they would and took an interest in all of it. I would even come back for a second visit to see thing we didn’t see in detail.
If you fancy seeing this day in action you can see it here:
See you soon