All of Liverpool's museums and art galleries are still open to visit and they have lots of social distancing measures in place. 

We’re pretty proud of all the museums & art galleries we have in Liverpool. All the hard work they do to showcase our city & culture to the world with brilliant exhibitions and educational tools is second to none. We think you might like them too! 

So, if you don’t know where to start on exploring, we’ve put together a list of all of our wonderful museums and galleries, complete with social distancing measures so even if you’re a regular culture go-er or have never been before you’ll know exactly what to expect. 

Get ready to fall in love with Liverpool’s Museums and Art Galleries! 


THE WORLD MUSEUM


Blast off to the World Museum at St George’s Quarter with the whole family in tow and rediscover this incredible museum full of fun and facts. Explore everything from Ancient Egypt, to the dinosaurs, beautiful aquariums and even our solar system in this family friendly museum.     

Social distancing measures - Entry is still free but you will need to pre-book a ticket for a timed slot before your visit. There will be controlled entry into the museum with a one way system in place in the building for entrance in and out of exhibitions. There will also be hand sanitiser stations at various points in the venue.


WALKER ART GALLERY


The Walker Art Gallery holds a stunning collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts spanning over six hundred years! It’s home to works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough alongside the John Moore’s painting prize works and special exhibitions! 

This year they are welcoming the Linda McCartney Retrospective to the gallery too. From 8th August to 1st November, the exhibition will showcase some of McCartney’s finest photography depicting the music scene of the 1960s, to family life with Paul.

Social distancing measures - Entry is still free but you will need to pre-book a ticket for a timed slot before your visit. There will be controlled entry into the museum with a one way system in place in the building for entrance in and out of exhibitions. There will also be hand sanitiser stations at various points in the venue.


MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL


The Museum of Liverpool at Pier Head is the perfect place to take the whole family to learn all about our city and what makes it such a wondrous place! Hop on board the overhead railway, learn about the Beatles and immerse yourself in our sporting history alongside special exhibitions. 

Social distancing measures - Entry is still free but you will need to pre-book a ticket for a timed slot before your visit. There will be controlled entry into the museum with a one way system in place in the building for entrance in and out of exhibitions. There will also be hand sanitiser stations at various points in the venue.


TATE LIVERPOOL


Take a look around the home of British and international modern and contemporary art in the North at Tate Liverpool at the Royal Albert Dock. You can see artworks by Henri Matisse, Sarah Lucas, Mark Rothko, L.S Lowry and so many other beautiful works of art. 

They also have regular special exhibitions that are not to be missed! Past exhibitions have included Keith Haring, Francis Bacon and Tracey Emin. 


Social distancing measures - Entry remains free for everyone, with a charge for special exhibitions but all visitors, including members will need to book a timed ticket online before visiting. There will be one-way routes around the gallery, hand sanitiser in key areas, interactive screens have been turned off, increased cleaning regimes and contactless payments only.


INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM


The International Slavery Museum at the Royal Albert Dock is the only one of it’s kind in the UK. The museum highlights the international importance of slavery, both in a historic and contemporary context. Through their work and exhibitions, they provide opportunities for greater awareness and understanding of the legacy of slavery today. 

Social distancing measures - Entry is still free but you will need to pre-book a ticket for a timed slot before your visit. There will be controlled entry into the museum with a one way system in place in the building for entrance in and out of exhibitions. There will also be hand sanitiser stations at various points in the venue.


MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM


Submerge yourself in Liverpool’s historic seafaring past at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Located in the heart of the Royal Albert Dock, it’s in the ideal location for the whole family to learn about our world famous port. From boats, paintings, model ships, shipwrecked objects, uniforms and loads more to explore, it’s educational for everyone! 


Social distancing measures - Entry is still free but you will need to pre-book a ticket for a timed slot before your visit. There will be controlled entry into the museum with a one way system in place in the building for entrance in and out of exhibitions. There will also be hand sanitiser stations at various points in the venue.


FACT


If you haven’t visited the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, or FACT, for short, then add it to your list of things to do! Their art galleries are always worth exploring, you never know what you will find in there. Past exhibitions have featured rooms full of sand, 3D printers and even Shia Labeouf answering phone calls. They are opening with their new exhibition 'And Say The Animal Responsed?'

The Picturehouse cinema is now temporarily closed. 

Social distancing measures - There will be clear signage indicating a one-way system around the building, hand sanitising stations, regular cleaning, limited capacity, contactless payment and extra team member's on hand to help answer any questions you have. 


LIVERPOOL BEATLES MUSEUM 


Featuring over 300 rare and authentic items from the Beatles lives and career, the Liverpool Beatles Museum is a treasure trove for any Beatles fan. Located on the legendary Mathew Street, the museum is a must visit to explore more of the Beatles legacy in Liverpool.

Social distancing measures - More information to come. 


THE BEATLES STORY


The Beatles Story at The Royal Albert Dock is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame, lives and career. You’ll be able to literally walk through the timeline of Beatles history, from Hamburg to The Cavern Club, Abbey Road and the White Room, relive the lives of the biggest band in the world. 

Social distancing measures - They will be operating at a reduced capacity with timed entry that will require booking a ticket in advance. NHS track and trace information collection will also be in place alongside increased cleaning regimes, a one way system and hand sanitiser stations throughout the attraction. They also encourage you to bring your own headphones to use the audio guides and to wash your hands frequently. 

Остаётся только вспоминать отпуск.. До поездки в Ливерпуль я мало что знала о Биттлз, поэтому завышенных ожиданий от музея не было, скорее желание поставить галочку "здесь была я". Неожиданно экспозиция и аудиогид оказались очень логичные, интересные и даже интерактивные) Уважение к менеджменту Брайна Эпстайна возрасло в разы. Крайне рекомендую к посещению "после нашей эры" #liverpool #beatlesstory #beatles #pastperfect

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OUTPUT GALLERY


Find Output Gallery on Seel Street next to Kazimier Garden. The independent gallery works exclusively with creatives from or based in Merseyside through a series of free exhbitions and events. With a high turnover of exhibitions it means there is all the more reason to keep returning to see what is going on. 

Social distancing measures - They are asking visitors to wear masks when coming into the gallery and are encouragin guests to visit solo or in a small group. For more information on Output Gallery please visit their website

OUTPUT announcements:⠀ ⠀ 1. Lois Tierney's exhibition 'Spectrum' is now on at OUTPUT gallery, visiting hours 11-6pm only. If you've visited the gallery before you know that there is a small vintage shop, Total Recall Vintage Liverpool, at the front. You have to enter through Total Recall to visit our shows and for the time being, Total Recall are still open which means it is possible to visit the current exhibition. We know that people often visit OUTPUT exhibitions on their own or in twos or threes during the daytime, so if you are planning to come we would just advise you to be careful and please avoid going out in public if you are showing any symptoms of coronavirus - a cough and/or a high temperature. Please also bear in mind who you live with and who you come into contact with. If anything changes with regards to visiting hours and availability, we will let you know. ⠀ ⠀ 2. Like many other galleries, we have had to postpone all upcoming exhibitions planned for the time being. We will be following advice from the government and Arts Council England, and hopefully after a period of isolation and when everything is getting back to normal, we can pick up where we left off. We have SO MANY great exhibitions to come and we cannot wait to share them with you. It's a very difficult time for many, so please stay positive and be careful. We'll get through it.

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BLUECOAT 


Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for contemporary arts and the oldest in the UK! The beautiful building in the heart of the city is home to a year-round programme of exhibitions, music, dance, literature, live art and heritage events. They also house several independent shops and a beautiful courtyard garden for relaxing. 

Social distancing measures - There will be a limited capacity and a pre-booked ticket will be required for entry into the exhibitions. There will also be social distancing signage, hand sanitiser stations and increased cleaning regimes. Please see their website for more information.  

We are delighted to announce we will be reopening our galleries and our cafe on Thursday 30th July! 🎉 We recommend pre booking, tickets will be available next week. ⁣ ⁣ Visit the link in our bio to read more about our reopening plans. ⁣ ⁣ We’re thrilled to be relaunching @jonathan_baldock’s Facecrime and @francesdisley’s Pattern Buffer when our galleries reopen. Learn more about the exhibitions on our website theBluecoat.org.uk⁣ ⁣ Image 1 - POP-UP Duets (Fragments of Love) by @janisclaxtondance at Bluecoat for LightNight 2018. Photo: Brian Roberts⁣ ⁣ Image 2 - @jonathan_baldock Facecrime, Bluecoat Exhibition View, 2020. ⁣ ⁣ Image 3 - @francesdisley Pattern Buffer, Bluecoat Exhibition View, 2020. ⁣ ⁣ Image 4 - Bluecoat Garden ⁣ ⁣ Image 5 - New Art Bluecoat, exhibition view, 2019. Photo by Brian Roberts @aceagrams @lpoolcitycouncil @culture_liverpool @ArtFund @stephenfriedmangallery @henrymooreinstitute @liverpoolbidcompany

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BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE


The British Music Experience tells the story of British music over the decades through costumes, instruments, performance and memorabilia. Whilst The Beatles are obviously mentioned you can also learn all about bands like Queen, Oasis, David Bowie, Adele, The Spice Girls and Little Mix too! 

Social distancing measures - There will be a reduced capacity and you are required to pre-book your timed ticket in advance of your visit. A one way system will be in place around the building, extra cleaning regimes and card/contactless payments systems. 

At the dawn of the 1970s the optimism of the '60s was becoming a thing of the past. In Britain, inflation rose dramatically, Decimal currency was introduced and the country entered the European Common Market, it was a time of uncertainty and change. As unemployment rose, the powerful trade unions brought workers out on strike. There was a three-day working week, power cuts and uncollected rubbish in the streets. With Britain’s music stars, nearly all adopting the same long haired denim look in the '70s, pop fans were in desperate need of someone to bring vibrancy, glamour and genuine outrage back to the charts. Londoner, David Jones changed his name to Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees. Throughout the '60s he had been an R&B singer, a mod, a hippy and - with Space Oddity - a one hit wonder. The new decade brought another even more dramatic transformation. With short red hair, and colourful, padded jumpsuits he became a rock and roll alien… Ziggy Stardust. Bowie’s androgynous look challenged conventional views of sexuality and his theatrical approach revolutionised how music was performed. It could be argued that David Bowie took his costumes to another level, with some of the examples you can see here. Kansai Yamamoto, who designed two of the outfits on display at the BME described Bowie as being akin to a fantasy character, and designed the outfits accordingly.

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WESTERN APPROACHES


Discover the amazing secret underground WWII bunker in Liverpool with Western Approaches. Playing a pivotal role in the Battle of Atlantic, you can walk through hidden rooms and discover the stories of the bunker that protected the secrets of the British Armed Forces. 

Social distancing measures - Tickets must be booked in advance and there will be a one way system around the building with reduced capacity. Face coverings must also be worn unless you are exempt and track and trace will be required. 


OPEN EYE GALLERY


Find the Open Eye Photography Gallery at Mann Island of Liverpool’s Pier Head. Founded in 1977 the gallery is one of the UK’s leading photography spaces that showcases some incredible photography exhibitions, all for free! 


Social distancing measures - More information to come.


OLD DOCK TOUR


Reopening - TBC

Discover Liverpool’s revolutionary Old Dock - the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock! The Old Dock has been carefully preserved underneath Liverpool ONE after being discovered in 2001 during excavations, see it for yourself!

Social distancing measures - More information to come. 

At first glance, this is a really uninteresting picture of a load of old bricks. Discovered during excavations during 2001, the Old Dock was safeguarded and a small portion was made accessible to the public. This stands beneath Liverpool One and is accessed from the car park. Civil engineer Thomas Steers was commissioned to design the dock in 1709 and it was first opened in 1715. The worlds very first commercial wet dock. Instead of the usual 2 weeks it took to unload a ship, it could be done in Liverpool in a day and a half as the tide did not have to be relied upon. This made the dock hugely popular and other docks were built to accommodate the huge volume of ships. A shelf was cut into the bedrock and wall built on top. Quarry stone was to expensive to transport so bricks were made onsite keeping costs down. Coping stones were used from Liverpool Castle which was being dismantled nearby with the last of the ruins removed by 1726. In the second picture you can see what is called a sally port cut into the bedrock which was a passage that led from the old dock to the castle presumably for soldiers to use if the castle was under siege. Liverpool would not be the place it is today without the old docks. The ships bought sailors and local businesses popped up to accommodate them. The population steadily grew and Liverpool became what it is today. Without the docks, the city might not have even been on the map. The old docks were finally closed in 1826 and filled in. So these old bricks, though they may not look very interesting, are a huge part of Liverpool’s history. . . . . . . #history #docks #wetdock #liverpool #liverpoolone #liverpoolcastle #thomassteers #bedrock #sallyport #maritimemuseum #olddocktour #igersmerseyside #instalikes #potd #likeforlikes #igersliverpool #makingmemories #shotoniphone #daysout #copingstones #bricks

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WILLIAMSON ART GALLERY 


Reopening - TBC

The Williamson Art Gallery is one of Wirral’s hidden gems. Just a stone's throw from the centre of Birkenhead, the gallery houses the largest public collection og Della Robbia pottery in the UK and is home to a host of internationally important paintings and works of art. 


Social distancing measures - More information to come.


PORT SUNLIGHT MUSEUM


Discover more than a century of rich history at Port Sunlight Museum in the Wirral! The award-winning museum tells the story of ‘soap-king’ William Hesketh Lever and his vision for the Port Sunlight Village. 

Social distancing measures - Entry is still free but you will need to pre-book a ticket for a timed slot before your visit. There will be controlled entry into the museum with a one way system in place in the building for entrance in and out of exhibitions. There will also be hand sanitiser stations at various points in the venue.

"Port Sunlight", 15 mins by car or 30 mins by train from Liverpool, UK. Originally built for workers at the nearby Lever Brothers Factory, Port Sunlight is a beautiful model village and award-winning tourist attraction boasting wide boulevards lined with charming cottages, all built in an intriguing range of architectural styles. Port Sunlight is a peaceful Merseyside village founded by a Victorian-era entrepreneur to house his factory workers. Its Arts and Crafts cottages are surrounded by paths winding through fields and woodland. Port Sunlight Museum details the village’s history, and the neoclassical Lady Lever Art Gallery showcases 19th-century decorative arts. Tea rooms and cosy pubs cater to locals and day-trippers #photography #travel #tourism #culture #iamtb #lifestyle #pictureoftheday #pics #wanderlust #snapshot #art #beautiful #instagood #color #pakistanibloggers #music #hiking #mood #food #mountains #water #love #music #soccer #london #traveler #worldtraveler #architecture #europe #uk @portsunlightmuseum @portsunlightvillage

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LADY LEVER ART GALLERY


Find the Lady Lever Art Gallery in the beautiful village of Port Sunlight in the Wirral so discover William Hesketh Lever’s personal art collection and the finest collection of Wedgwood jasperware anywhere in the world! 

Social distancing measures - Entry is still free but you will need to pre-book a ticket for a timed slot before your visit. There will be controlled entry into the museum with a one way system in place in the building for entrance in and out of exhibitions. There will also be hand sanitiser stations at various points in the venue.


Due to venues having different guidelines, booking systems and opening hours we would always recommend checking ahead with each one before your visit. For more information on how to safely visit Liverpool as lockdown measures ease have a look at our dedicated blog

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