This is a guide to the best galleries/museums Liverpool has to offer, the attractions are getting constantly updated; therefore even if you have been once, you will find something different the next time. Therefore one day viewing them simply isn’t enough, having compiled this list from several visits to these places to give the top 5 best free museums / art galleries:
No 5 – World Museum
The World Museum is right next to the Central Library and Walker Art Gallery among other local attractions making it one to make sure you visit if you are in the area.
The museum is vast with a high level of detail on different subjects; from Egyptians to space, with there being an almost crystal maze style difference in zones.
The museum offers many wonderful pieces to view, from various types of aquatic life to mummification to rockets.
However, the reason it is fifth is that, as fantastic as it is, it seems to be aimed more towards younger people/families.
This doesn’t subtract from the enjoyment I got from it – being a bit of a big kid. I would still highly recommend a visit for any adult!
Recommended time 1-2 hours
No 4 – Victoria Gallery and Museum
This is the University of Liverpool’s own museum and, seeing as you are here, it is 100% worth a visit, even if it’s just for coffee in very grand surroundings.
The museum is in the redbrick building, which many of you probably will pass without realising there is a museum in there. I didn’t until this year!
The museum offers wonderful facts and a variety of subject matters, from endangered rhino’s to particles.
It displays the wonderful things that Liverpool has offered the world of science and art.
When I visited, they even offered the opportunity to make hedgehog books!
Despite not being quite as big as some of the other museums, it is still definitely worth visiting due to the location and the amount of interesting things within it.
Recommended time – 1-2 hours.
No 3 – Maritime and International Slavery
There is a combination of two museums here as they are in the same building. The Maritime and International Slavery museum offer two different experiences in regard to subject matter although there is some slight overlap with people being shipped in disastrous conditions below decks of boats.
The sheer size and scale of this building offers wonderful sites, with very impressive models of boats and a history of the Liverpool docks and their role in shipping.
The slavery museum however portrays some of the worst aspects of humanity, with the beauty of some of the pieces of craft made by slaves contrasting with the treatment they received, as shown through videos and pictures.
Recommended time 2-3 hours
No. 2 – The Museum of Liverpool
The museum of Liverpool provides a wonderful insight into all things Liverpool, ranging from Beatles memorabilia to a replica of a steam train.
There are plenty of activities to engage in, with varied games and activities, such as seeing if you can guess the correct place Liverpool’s accent came from. This provides interesting facts you might not have known otherwise and a more thorough history of the place.
Even if nothing takes your fancy in the museum, there are exquisite views of the waterfront – thankfully without the cold breeze! Therefore this would be my highest recommendation for a true history of Liverpool and its culture.
Recommended time 2-3 hours.
No. 1 – The Walker Art Gallery
The best attraction in my opinion though is the Walker Art Gallery, an exquisite Victorian building which houses paintings and sculptures from the past 500 years, each century has its own style, character and smell (bit of a surprise to realize this). When visiting, a close inspection of the paintings is a must as you can appreciate their age when you see the cracks and ridges in the centuries-old paint.
“The Struggle for Existence – Wolves” (1879) was a high point for me. This is a powerful painting, one which is definitely worth seeing in real life to truly appreciate its size and grandeur.
The Charles Trevor Prescot painting of Bold Street from Waterloo Place (1893) was another one that stood out for me due to the fact it is a famous Liverpool street and how drastically it has changed in the past 100 years – note the Bombed out church towards the back.
Recommended Time: 3+ Hours
Overall, the Museums are all worth visiting during your time here. Other places worthy of mention include the Bluecoat and Tate Liverpool. However, Liverpool has so much more to offer. Therefore, whichever place you go to, you will enjoy yourself as they are different from the norm and provide a different and more cultured fresher’s experience.
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