Merseyside Maritime Museum
The Merseyside Maritime Museum is a museum based in the city of Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK. It is part of National Museums Liverpool and an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage. Opened in 1980 and expanded in 1986, the museum occupies warehouse block D at the Albert Dock, along with the Piermaster’s House, Canning Half Tide Dock and Canning Graving Docks.
The city’s seafaring heritage is brought to life within the historic Albert Dock. The museum’s collections reflect the international importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world, including its role in the transatlantic slave trade and emigration, the merchant navy and the RMS Titanic. The UK Border Agency National Museum, ‘Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered’ is located in the basement gallery of the building.
Merseyside Maritime Museum is in the Albert Dock, Liverpool. It contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool. Highlights include ship models, maritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels. There is also the major current exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, which tells the story of Liverpool’s links to the ill-fated liner. The Museum also houses the International Slavery Museum (on the third floor) as well as the Border Force’s national museum: Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered (in the basement).
The Merseyside Maritime Museum is located within the heart of the Albert Dock cultural precinct, and is easily reached on foot from many downtown hotels. A bus route services the area, and paid parking is available in the multilevel parking lot. The museum is open daily and admission is free.
The collection of maritime paintings is one of the key holdings of Merseyside Maritime Museum. It provides a comprehensive record of merchant vessels and shipping activity, particularly related to Liverpool, from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Most paintings in the collection are portraits of merchant vessels, owned in Liverpool, or associated with the port. They were produced for people who knew the vessels – their owners, builders, masters, and crew. There are also views of the port of Liverpool, the Mersey, and general shipping scenes set against local and other British coastal backgrounds. Since the first maritime oil painting was acquired in 1912, the collection has grown to fully represent Liverpool’s development as a centre for shipping and one of the world’s great ports.
- Car Parking
- Disabled Access
- Free Admission
- Gift Shop
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Large Parties
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Schools Accepted
- American Express accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Switch accepted
- Visa accepted