Museum of Liverpool opening date announced

10 March 2011 by Sam

Large Liver bird on the museum's wall by a window overlooking the original Liver Birds on the Liver Building

The Museum of Liverpool’s life-size Liver Bird during installation

The Museum of Liverpool will open to the public on Tuesday 19 July 2011. This is a significant date as it is exactly 100 years after the museum’s iconic neighbour the Royal Liver Building opened its doors.  

Professor Phil Redmond CBE, chairman of National Museums Liverpool said:

“Liverpool’s role in history is known the world over as is its iconic symbol, the Liver Bird. It is fitting then that the museum is opening its doors 100 years to the day that the Liver Building itself opened for business.”

Visitors to the new museum will be able to see for themselves the magnificence of the Liver Birds in one of the galleries overlooking the Three Graces. 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. Visitors in the People’s Republic gallery will now be able to stand next to an 18 foot high life-size Liver Bird, whilst looking across at the real thing.”

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, which are reflected in the museum’s displays.

The galleries in the museum will focus on four main themes: Liverpool’s port, its creative and sporting history, its people and global significance. Housing more than 6,000 objects, many which have never been on public display, visitors can unearth an array of stories from the Ice Age to the present day. People can witness the city’s growth into the world’s greatest port, see first hand the last remaining carriage from the famous Liverpool Overhead Railway and immerse themselves in the city’s rich sporting and creative history.

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.”

See behind-the-scenes photos of the galleries taking shape in our Museum of Liverpool fit out Flickr set, which we will be adding to over the next few months.

  1. Ken Smith says:

    Really looking forward to the opening of the NEW MUSEUM. My grandchildren keep asking me when is it going to open. It certainly looks very interesting in its design from the waterfront.

  2. George B. says:

    Are there any plans to reopen the riverside path between the Pier Head and the Albert Dock? It was closed last year for landscaping alongside the Museum Of Liverpool. It’s so handy, and without it people have to walk the long way around between the two attractions.

  3. Sam (National Museums Liverpool) says:

    George – once the Museum of Liverpool opens the riverside walkway from the Pier Head to the Albert Dock will re-open permanently.

  4. Michael gallagher says:

    Where the people of Liverpool asked if they had any items that may be of interest to the Museum that they would like to donate or even loan?

  5. Sam (National Museums Liverpool) says:

    Yes they were. You can read all about our community involvement programme – including past projects and ongoing appeals for objects – in the ‘Get involved’ section of the website: If you have an object that you would like to donate then have a look at the ‘Object donations page:

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