Mersey Maritime Museum, Liverpool
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Liverpool has always had a long association with ships so it seems quite appropriate that there should be a maritime museum located at the Albert Docks there, right on the banks of the River Mersey.The Merseyside Maritime Museum opened in 1980 but was expanded six years later. It occupies one of the old warehouses that stands at the dock and today it shares its location with the International Slavery Museum, which occupies the third floor of the same building. When I was here earlier this year (June 2010) it made sense to visit both of these attractions at the same time, especially considering that it is free to visit them both.
There can't be too many people that haven't heard of the ill-fated Titanic. Although it was built in Belfast it was registered in Liverpool and when it set sail on the 10th April 1912 from Southampton it was from Liverpool that most of its crew were from. Its not surprising to learn therefore that there is quite a bit of Titanic related memorabilia here.The exterior of the building is constructed of red brick like most of the other units around it and its entrance is a modern glass doorway. Immediately in front of the entrance there is a large reception area. There is also a café, gift shop and toilets located on this floor. Although admission into the building is free all visitors have to report to the reception and security staff will search any large bags. There are storage lockers available to keep your bags in whilst you walk around but it isn't compulsory to use these. I had a small rucksack with me and I just carried it around with me (after it had been searched).
In addition to the ground floor there is also a basement. The main exhibitions in the basement area are the Seized Gallery and the Emigration Gallery. The Seized Gallery features plenty of articles of contraband that have been seized at UK ports by HM Customs and the displays cover the history of smuggling. The Emigration Galley contains details about the many people that emigrated out of Liverpool to start new lives in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Over 9 million people emigrated from Liverpool and many of these people died in transit. Some of the individual accounts of real families are quite upsetting but it is certainly a part of our history that needs to be captured.The main part of the museum is on the first floor and this is the area where I spent most of my time. Here you will find huge models of some of the famous ships connected to Liverpool including the Titanic, as well as the Lusitania and the Empress of Ireland. Each of these ships has its own dedicated room. In another area on this floor there is an exhibit that covers the Battle of the Atlantic during the Second World War. This includes a huge torpedo that is so long it runs along the entire length of the floor. I kept looking at this and hoped that it wasn't still live!
The second floor includes a large gallery with lots of oil paintings of well known ships. There is also a research library.It is worth mentioning that photography is allowed throughout the building and also that there are some more items outside which I nearly missed. On the dockside there are several maritime related items like old anchors and buoys.
It is open daily from 10am until 5pm. Admission is free.Merseyside Maritime Museum
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