With Storm Doris in full swing and nothing but rain clouds on the horizon, we decided to head into the city to take advantage of one of the fantastic free museums which are on offer in Liverpool. We have visited most of the museums and galleries in Liverpool but somehow the Museum of Liverpool always seemed to escape our notice, so that is where we headed.
We couldn't escape a walk along the Docks before we headed in and although it was incredibly windy, the kids loved watching as the waters of the Mersey splashed up against the walls; with some force I might add!
The Museum of Liverpool is the newest addition to the National Museums Liverpool group and opened in 2011. It sits right on the waterfront and offers an insight into the diverse history of the city with plenty of interactive galleries to keep children entertained alongside galleries which follow the development of Liverpool and how the current city was shaped by the port, the people and the geography.
There are three floors to the museum and although it isn't huge, it certainly took us a good few hours to wander round all the different exhibitions and if we'd not had the kids with us and had actually had time to properly look at each and every thing there, it could have easily taken us a lot longer.
The first thing we did on arrival (after exploring the Lambananas which are outside of course) was grab tickets from the Welcome Desk for the next Little Liverpool session. This is a hands-on gallery which is solely for children under the age of six, although Meg still got something out of it, and it allows younger children to engage with their imaginations whilst also learning something about the city of Liverpool. The session lasts about 30 minutes and as there is limited space, entry is by free ticket from the desk as you enter the museum.
As you wander around the museum you can also look out for the character Winnie the Spider who is placed near interactive elements designed for a younger audience.
It would take far too long to break down each section of the museum but the parts which we particularly enjoyed included the Little Liverpool session, the Liverpool Overhead Railway and Wondrous Place which was all about the writers, performers, musicians, artists, comedians and sports people who have emerged from Liverpool.
Meg and Eli are both big Beatles fans so they were fascinated by this section of the gallery and spent a long time seeing what they could learn.
We paid a visit to the Waterside Cafe which was well priced; we arrived just as they were about to stop serving food so we didn't get to eat the freshest of foods but it was fairly priced and had a nice view out over the Lambananas so we weren't complaining.
From the top floor of the museum you also get a pretty stunning view across the Mersey and the Docks as well as towards the Three Graces (The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building) which are directly across the way.
Overall we really enjoyed our visit and got to discover some new and interesting things about the city. I, for one, hadn't realised how long the docks actually were when Liverpool was at the height of the export and import industry, the docks which are still standing today are significantly shorter.
I would definitely combine it with a trip to Albert Dock or one of the other waterside museums if you had time. You can see my post here for details of our trip the last time we visited.
Or take a look at our Day in the Life vlog if you want some more insight into what we got up to.