Celebrate Merseyside Maritime Museum’s 30th birthday this bank holiday!

27 May 2016 by Sam Vaux

Merseyside Maritime Museum © Tom Adam

Merseyside Maritime Museum © Tom Adam

The bank holiday is fast approaching and we’re marking 30 years since the Merseyside Maritime Museum opened with two fabulous days of fun for all with family! Join us for a whole host of FREE activities, performances and workshops to celebrate our 30th birthday 80s style on Monday 30 May and Tuesday 31 May!

Merseyside Maritime Museum was the first public building to open at Albert Dock 30 years ago in 1986, heralding the renaissance of Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

Did you know? Once a warehouse for high value goods like tea, silk, sugar and spirits, the Museum now explores Liverpool’s maritime history through its large and varied collection.

So here’s what we have lined up for you this coming bank holiday…

Get your funk on and head up to the 4th floor to strut your stuff to tunes from the 80s with DJ Barryoke. Take a break from the dance-floor with a tasty bite in the Maritime Dining Room with firm favourites such as our renowned Lancashire beef burger, a delicious brunch or seasonal salad, and check out our children’s menu. Book your table by calling 0151 478 4056.

Strike a pose, and put yourself in the picture in our 1980s photo booth! Love street theatre? Meet our fabulous funnels and lion fish who’ll be taking to dizzying heights and parading about the Museum and Liverpool’s waterfront.

Three Funnels © Pete Carr

Three Funnels © Pete Carr

Museum Memories and cake – have you worked for or with Merseyside Maritime Museum over the last 30 years? All visitors are welcome to join us for tea and cake and a bit of nostalgia to share memories of their time here, and enjoy photos and memorabilia too.

Pop up to the Art and the Sea gallery, and bring your best singing voices to sing-a-long to hits from the 80s with our local choir.

Meet one of our curators to discover how our Museum collections have grown in the 30 years since opening.

Piermaster's House © Gareth Jones

The Piermaster’s House © Gareth Jones


Take a trip down memory lane and learn about life in Liverpool during the Second World War with rations and blackouts in the Piermaster’s House.

Get hands on and take the six knot challenge! Find out how with our nautical craftsman and expert knot-tyer!

Check out two major exhibitions telling the stories behind the tragic sinkings of Lusitania and Titanic, and their links to Liverpool.

Discover the rich history of the Albert Dock and 300-year journey of the city and the port of Liverpool through paintings, film and audio in our On the Waterfront exhibition, including the winning entry ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey 1972’ by Bernard Rose from our photography competition. Exhibition closes 19 June 2016.

Meet the Liverpool Women’s History Group and find out about life in wartime Britain. Hear their personal experiences and see original objects from the 1940s.

This is just a little taster of our special events, so come down to the Albert Dock and celebrate our 30th birthday with us in style!

  1. Mrs Margaret Savage says:

    What a beautiful city we have ! So much amazing history for all to enjoy , my 9 grandchildren will spend hours in all our libraries and museums .I didn’t look at all our beautiful buildings or their history (oriel chambers ) it was the 60s…… till the last 10 years . My 9 yr old has lots to look forward too she adores the history of liverpool .

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