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July opening for Museum of Liverpool

Launch on 100th birthday of Royal Liver Building

Published on March 14th 2011.

July opening for Museum of Liverpool

THE £72m Museum of Liverpool will launch100 years to the very day that its neighbour, the Royal Liver Building, opened its doors.

Hailed as the world’s first national museum devoted to a regional city, it's the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century.

It was meant to open this spring. Now the public will get a chance to it for themselves – the first phase anyway - on Tuesday 19 July.

Currently in fit-out stage at the Pier Head, the Museum of Liverpool will provide 8,000 square metres of public space across three floors, and visitors will have access to more than 6,000 objects that are currently in store, many of which have never been on public display before or not seen for many years.

They will also be able to see, for the first time in a couple of years, the magnificent southerly view of the Three Graces - from one of the huge windows that give stunning panoramas of the Pier Head and Mersey.

Furthermore, in the People’s Republic gallery they will be able to stand next to an 18ft “life-size” Liver Bird, whilst looking across at the real thing.

Janet Dugdale, director of the Museum of Liverpool said: “Until now, people have found it very difficult to grasp the sheer size of the birds that perch on top of what was once the tallest building in Britain.”

NML says in its announcement: “Both considered cutting edge architectural designs in their own right, the celebrations of the Liver Building and Museum of Liverpool will take place during the city’s Year of Radicals, marking the anniversaries of a number of pivotal events in the city’s history.

“The £72m project is continuing apace, and internal fit-out of the major galleries is taking shape to such an extent that the three-phased opening of the museum has been reduced to just two, with the second phase opening later this year.”

The galleries in the Museum will focus on four main themes: its port, creative and sporting history, its people and global significance.

David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool, said: “The Museum of Liverpool is all about telling the stories of the city and its people. This includes the times of struggle such as the Toxteth riots, the triumphs of our musical exports including The Beatles, and the dramatic histories of our football teams.

“Every single event has helped shape this city’s personality. The Museum of Liverpool is here to tell the tale, and like the Liver Building, will be around for many years to come.”

Discussions regarding plans for the launch day are currently taking place, and will be announced nearer the time.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Felicia HemansMarch 11th 2011.

Footy & Beatles, footy & Beatles - it's always the flipping same.

Liverpool has produced eminent figures in many fields and with this being a museum one might have thought these people might get due credit.

But apparently it's sticking to the tabloid-period Echo formula of predictable repetitive tedium.

Footy & Beatles, footy & Beatles etc.


Robert RobinsonMarch 11th 2011.

Hear hear!

AnonymousMarch 11th 2011.

It is a missed opportunity this museum. We blew The Cloud. Now we have a smaller museum, costing £72 million and the first to be built in over 100 years. Do we aspire to bring international collections? No, we fill it with Liverpool crap like old cars and footy. Who is that going to interest? International tourists? Don't bank on it.

John GregsonMarch 11th 2011.

As the old Liverpool Museum in Sir Thomas Street has now been ruined, are we going to see old favourite exhibits that used to be there such a the 'Lion' steam engine at this new place?

John GregsonMarch 11th 2011.

Sorry William Brown Street that should say!

Sir Thomas Street is just another arcitectural gem that has been and is being needlessly vandalised.

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