In what was 2008’s European Capital City of Culture, Liverpool has become one of England’s most visited cities as tens of thousands of tourist head to this iconic Northwestern city to experience a modern and artistic city with rich cultural history. For museum lovers among you then Liverpool is an ideal place for you as the city houses over 30 museums displaying the best in art, culture and history. Here are our picks for the best museums in Liverpool.
The Beatles Museum
Liverpool’s most famous export, The Beatles, a band that changed and shaped music forever who in the process dominated the World and created altogether new levels of fandom. To commemorate this outstanding contribution to music, the hometown of John,Paul,Ringo and George have dedicated a museum to their success. The museum houses artefacts from the band’s history from their humble beginnings as The Quarrymen to the present day. The Beatles museum has several interactive experiences and old video reels and even features the famous white piano that John Lennon used in his iconic video for the song ‘Imagine’, for Beatles and music lovers this museum should be at the top of your list.
Museum of Liverpool
The recently built Museum of Liverpool is the latest of the city’s National Museums and is dedicated to all things great about this fantastic city. This ultra-modern building contains a smorgasbord of exhibitions that aims to tell the story of the city and it’s people from their important contributions to the industrial revolution, their key position as one of Europe’s largest ports up to their present day influence in terms of football, music and art. The museum is broken down into four zones The Great Port, Global City, People’s Republic and Wondrous Place with each zone doffing it’s cap with exhibitions that display each side of the city.
Liverpool’s Tate Museum is the largest contemporary and modern art museum outside of London and the fourth Tate museum in the UK behind St.Ives and 2 in London. The museum displays the best of British art dating back to the 16th Century and also excels in displaying the best modern art that Britain has produced. Liverpool’s Tate museum features work from the likes of Jackson Pollock and John Constable to name just a few and the museum regularly puts on live exhibitions and shows in it’s grounds.
Whilst not strictly a museum, Another Place on Liverpool’s Crosby Beach is a collection of 100 sculptures facing out to see that were created by British sculptor and artist Anthony Gormley. Prior to taking up their position on Liverpool’s beach the statues were displayed at various locations around the World. The 100 sculptures are left to the elements and have been decorated by member of the public in the past, notably when Everton played Liverpool and 22 of the statues were given a football makeover with shirts and shorts. The sculptures look fantastic as you stare along the coast with some partly submerged with water when the tide comes in and there are even some that have been gradually buried by sand over time. Another Place is absolutely worth a visit when you head to Liverpool.