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“A great cafe too!”

Victoria Gallery & Museum
Ranked #49 of 205 things to do in Liverpool
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“A great cafe too!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Small scale gallery and museum, benefitting forma magnificent tiled interior designed by Waterhouse (who also did the National History Museum). This building was the heart of the original redbrick Victoria University of Liverpool. Diverse subjects displayed inside. On the day I visited there was an exhibition on the archaeology of the Hittite civilisation, radiology, and dentistry. Plus sculpture of Gladstone and paintings by Audubon. Has a magnificent picture by Joseph Wright of Derby.

The gallery improves each time you visit.

The cafe does a nice lunch. Today though I had tea and a first rate scone.

Visited February 2013
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

This museum is in a building all Liverpudlians will know but never visited. Its the red brick building with the ornate clocktower opposite the catholic cathedral. Its free to enter and has displays on two floors and a cafe on the ground floor. As you enter I guarantee you will be stunned by this victorian masterpiece in tiling, the great fireplace is breathtaking. This has to be one of the best cafe venues in the North west.

The displays include a history of dentistry which is very gory and a hands on display of the hittite empire which sounds boring but isnt I promise, kids will enjoy the explorers tent and hands on exhibits.

In the art gallery is the bird drawings of John James Audubon his book of birds is one of the most expensive in the world one copy is in Liverpools library and will go on display this year, the exhibition here is of his stay in Liverpool with the Rathbone family who were his patrons in the city.

This museum is little known but deserves more visitors.

Visited February 2013
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“Inspiring mix”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

The VG and M has an intriguing mix of exhibitions in a wonderful building. From John Garstang and the Hittites on the top flor to local artist Paul Rooneys video installations and many other gems in between. Cafe is good too. Having just returned from a disappointing trip to the Turner in Margate this is somewhere visitors to Liverpool should search out as well as the Walker Art Gallery.

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“Interesting building. Collections a little sketchy.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2012

Please note the address quoted here is out of date - the University of Liverpool collections are now on display in what is called the 'Victoria Gallery and Museums', which is on Brownlow Hill, not Abercromby Sq.

The new venue is in a fascinating set of Victorian university buildings clad in bright red brick (or possibly even red ceramic). It is rumoured to have been the origin of the term 'red brick university' though this is disputed. The interior also has some wonderful Victorian decor (think bright polychrome glazed tiles etc).

The actual collection hardly measures up to the grandeur of its location. The University's archaeological collection (which is well worth seeing) is in another venue (The Garstang Museum, 14 Abercromby Sq.), and so what is in the Victoria building is threadbare collection of odd paintings, plus temporary exhibitions.

There is a nice (but pricey) cafe on the ground floor in the main hall.

Visited November 2011
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“Fantastic and free”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

What a great mix of art tastefully laid out and clearly labelled. I saw a Matisse special a couple of weeks ago and it was free. Someone had left a comment in the visitors' book to say if this was in London there would be queuesaround the block and an entrance fee!!!

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