Merseyside Maritime Museum
Merseyside Maritime Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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At Maritime Museum you can explore the history of the great port of Liverpool, with four floors of galleries: Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered; the Emigration gallery; Liverpool: World Gateway; the Titanic, Lusitania and Empress of Ireland gallery; the Battle of the Atlantic; the Art and the Sea Gallery; and the temporary exhibition space. The museum also includes t a café, shop and lecture theatre.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Sophie
    Boston, Massachusetts29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't expect to be blown away re: Titanic and Lusitania
    I'm bumping my review up a star from what it otherwise would be because I realise I'm not exactly the right audience for it - the only exhibits I was really interested in were the Titanic and Lusitania (there isn't anything on the Empress of Ireland, contrary to the description here). And those exhibits didn't awe me, nor do I feel like I learned much from them - nor would someone who didn't know much about the ships going in, as I did. I just didn't find them particularly informative in general. I would have liked to learn more about, say, the Titanic's engineering, since that's what's most relevant to Liverpool. But given the scads of positive reviews, maybe I'm just wrong on this one!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Darren L
    Quedgeley, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought provoking, informative and great, free if you want!
    This was the first museum we have visited in a number of years and it was great. Ee were there for 3 hours and still have reasons to go back. We just looked at the Slavery and Titanic exhibitions both excellent, thought provoking and informative. A donation of £5 is suggested for the fee and that is great value.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Kanupriya Kothiwal
    Ahmedabad, India44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well conceptualized, must visit place
    It is a well-conceptualized maritime museum. The International Museum of Slavery (on the top floor which is a highlight) does not mince words in admitting Britain's role in transatlantic slavery and perpetuating global inequalities. It is a pleasant 15 min walk from Liverpool Lime St station. Adequate to reserve at least 2 hrs for the museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 23, 2023
  • TravellerOxford
    Oxfordshire, United Kingdom849 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just Fab & so I formative About the Titanic
    Loved it all .,,, and very well done from the Titanic to the RMS Lusitani. Terrible, terrible endings but the stories are intriguing and fascinating . Thank you for sharing in such a stunning way … Ps/ My only one suggestion is to get rid of those terrible, terrible noisy, theatre style seats that make such noise!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • pearscr0
    54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place, with very good presentation of information
    Quite an extensive selection of maritime related stuff. Quite a lot about various maritime disasters , which isn't particularly cheery ! Very good sections on the Titanic and the Lusitania, and the World war 2 section was very good too.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • James_Sam
    Derby, United Kingdom557 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thought provoking museum.
    A good historical account of the maritime history of Liverpool. Lots of exhibitions and exhibits with examples and hands on items for children to learn from. The Slavery exhibit is particularly poignant and and thought provoking. Allow around 4 hours to adequately explore the museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 18, 2023
  • wendyanddavid536
    Solihull, United Kingdom2,127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating!
    A huge museum on several floors, also incorporating the International Slavery Museum (which we also visited). As time was limited, we restricted ourselves to the Titanic exhibition; it was excellent. Even though the Titanic never visited Liverpool, it was registered in Liverpool and many of its seamen were from Liverpool. Very evocative, thought provoking and in parts a little upsetting. Contrasting examples of heroism and self-sacrifice alongside acts of gross stupidity.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Rooombiter
    Isle of Wight, United Kingdom772 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum but a bit confusing to navigate
    This waterfront museum has an incredible amount of artefacts and displays on most aspects of maritime history, especially relating to the port of Liverpool. The top floor displays concerning slavery and Liverpool’s important role in the history of this awful trade are extensive and illuminating but I did find that some key aspects I would like to know about were absent, for instance there was very little information on how the trade worked in practice within the African continent. There were excellent sections dedicated to the Titanic and Lusitania that were detailed and interesting, my only difficulty was that throughout the museum I found it hard to work out which way to proceed? Maybe modern museums want you to figure this out for yourself but I like to be provided with directional arrows that set you on a timeline rather than being left to set off into the middle or end of the story… I want to find about the creation of the Titanic before reading about the aftermath of the sinking. Just about everything in the story is covered but I spent around ten minutes in each section figuring out which bits to view first. There is no floor guide map available to carry with you, however the signage throughout the museum is excellent. We had coffee in the museum cafe which was fine if a little on the pricey side. There is no entry fee but donations are encouraged, all in all this is a great museum and a credit to Liverpool but I found the layouts somewhat confusing to navigate.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • BigMick1983
    Liverpool, United Kingdom299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting and informative
    We visited yesterday with our young son and all had a really good time. Lots of interesting things to see and lots of local history. Our favourite section was the Titanic. Lots to take in and look forward to going back again in the future.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Alice J
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Powerful Slavery Exhibit
    The Slavery Museum floor in particular was very interesting (and very sad and upsetting to think about what all those people were subjected to). There is a photograph displayed there that will haunt me. Highly recommend visiting for that floor alone. We only had about an 1 hour there before it shut so didn't get to spent much time on the other floors, but the quick whizz through the Titanic exhibit was interesting too!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
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Michael H
Mansfield, UK24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We wanted to go to this museum whilst visiting Liverpool for the first time. We were welcomed in by staff wearing masked, we had our masks on as it requested visitors to wear them. Had all our details taken, by the staff member. Started to visit the 2nd floor, our visit was then totally spoilt and utterly ruined by selfish arrogant people not wearing masks, hugely dissatisfied, this is why this plague will return, not impressed, should be closed down if this is normal
Written September 12, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to comment on your visit to Merseyside Maritime Museum. I am sorry to hear that your visit gave you reason for concern. In line with government guidance, visitors to our venues are required to wear a face covering during their visit, the exception being those visitors who are exempt from wearing a face covering. While our Visitor Experience staff do encourage visitors to our venues to wear a face covering, it is not their responsibility to enforce this requirement; it is the responsibility of the police. At our venues, we have installed signage to communicate the mandatory face covering message to our visitors and we also have updated visitor information on our social media.
Written September 21, 2020
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Peter L
Chelmsford, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
An excellent museum, especially for anyone who has, or has had, relatives that are/were sailors. The items were well displayed, the exhibits so interesting and the museum so large that we underestimated the time that we would need to get round and we had to return the following day. The presentation on the second day that we went was about the role of the Wrens during the second world war. Delivered by an actor in uniform playing one of those Wrens it was well worth seeing.
Written May 18, 2022
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore7,333 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Great visit to the museum, especially as they currently have an exhibit focusing on the Titanic - what happened, who was on board, and the inquisition after.

There is also a section on the sinking of the Lithuania by a German U-boat, as well as the merchant navy during WWII.

There are excellent and detailed models and dioramas of ships, large and small.

Entry is free, but you encouraged to donate 5 pounds or more.
Written November 9, 2022
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Ben S
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
A really interesting museum that's absolutely full of exhibits.

The only negative thing was the guy who collared us to answer a 'short' survey about the museum. It wasn't short at all and the questions included things like how much we were spending on various things, my job title etc. It seemed intrusive and unnecessary and kind of killed the good mood we were in before we left.
Written December 17, 2022
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quincy2008
Barnsley, UK149 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
At the moment the Titanic display is closed for refurbishment. This is a bit of a disappointment but may give us a reason to visit again.
For those who have an interest in history there are some fantastic stories being shared here. In particular we were interested by the presentation given on the Battle of the Atlantic. However, our pre-teen children found them quite difficult to access and it took a lot on my part to maintain their interest.
This is a great place to visit if you have time to read the information boards and to take in the stories. It might be worth visiting without the kids and then come back again with them so you can help them to be enthusiastic. This would probably be a different story once the Titanic section opens again.
Written February 17, 2020
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Mel S
Swineshead, UK436 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We spent approximately 2 hours at the Maritime Museum. On entry, which was free we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff (there is a recommended donation of £5, but no pressure to donate). Great displays and loads of interesting maritime facts and stories. A must see in Liverpool.
Written January 31, 2023
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Bill P
Cwmbran, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
For me the section dedicated to the history of the slave trade was informative, upsetting and really gave perspective.
Very nicely curated museum, interesting from top to bottom. Free to get in but £5 donation is a small price to pay for such touching history and detail
Written October 28, 2022
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923Dan
Swindon, UK3,028 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Finally had the chance to visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum in the Albert Dock redevelopment.
Interesting, free to visit museum with displays on Cruise ships including Titanic and the Star Line, Marine Shipping and the most interesting display area on smuggling and border security.
A very good museum - though dark and claustrophobic inside at times - a constraint of the historic dock building, but needs better lighting in places.
Still, a nice afternoon in a museum.
Written June 19, 2022
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Rooombiter
Isle of Wight, UK772 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This waterfront museum has an incredible amount of artefacts and displays on most aspects of maritime history, especially relating to the port of Liverpool.

The top floor displays concerning slavery and Liverpool’s important role in the history of this awful trade are extensive and illuminating but I did find that some key aspects I would like to know about were absent, for instance there was very little information on how the trade worked in practice within the African continent.

There were excellent sections dedicated to the Titanic and Lusitania that were detailed and interesting, my only difficulty was that throughout the museum I found it hard to work out which way to proceed?
Maybe modern museums want you to figure this out for yourself but I like to be provided with directional arrows that set you on a timeline rather than being left to set off into the middle or end of the story… I want to find about the creation of the Titanic before reading about the aftermath of the sinking.
Just about everything in the story is covered but I spent around ten minutes in each section figuring out which bits to view first.

There is no floor guide map available to carry with you, however the signage throughout the museum is excellent.

We had coffee in the museum cafe which was fine if a little on the pricey side.

There is no entry fee but donations are encouraged, all in all this is a great museum and a credit to Liverpool but I found the layouts somewhat confusing to navigate.
Written August 28, 2023
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vincenth1959
Harrogate, UK360 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Liverpool has a great maritime history, so they should be plenty of material for this museum. However, it is mostly a service of model ships, with very little authentic material. Worth a visit, but keep your expectations very modest.
Written January 17, 2020
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