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The Colonnades, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4AA. Tel: +44 (0) 151 207 0001. Fax: +44 (0) 151 478 4790. Information: +44 (0) 151 478 4499. Admission prices: the NMGM Eight Pass gives 12 months unlimited visits to all the eight National Museums &

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      07.01.2014 12:06
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      A good martime museum - super Titanic display

      The Liverpool area has many good museums. For me the best is the Martime Museum which can be found in the Albert Dock Liverpool Mereyside L3 4AA. There is parking close by but that fills up quick. Maybe best to travel by public transport.

      Being right on the docks it's self does help the atmosphere of this museum. It is easy to find on the edhe of the river mersey a short walk from the iconic White Star Line HQ Building.

      This museum is free to enter.

      There is a good cafe and a well stocked gift shop.

      Being a maritine museum there are many interesting displays of the ships which once passed through the Liverpool Docks and beyond. I liked greatly the many scale models of ships and the potted history of former shipping lines. There are 3 levels... good acesss to all. Well signed posted.

      Perhaps the two most moving parts were:-

      Ships at war... the lost of so many lives and the work of the seaman in war is well shown.

      Titanic - anything to do with this ship is interesting of course but the things on show recovered from the actual wreck bring home this history...making the people who died real. There is a part of the side of the ship and the ships bell. The personal property of the passengers is well explained and again brings home their suffering.

      The other part of the musuem is about Slavery. Again this is a moving display...and made me think about how much suffering was committed in with slavery.

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        11.09.2009 14:09
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        Maritime museum - good day out

        I've actually been here a couple of times - it's located near Albert dock in Liverpool and it's free to enter. It's not far from Moorfields station and there's plenty of parking near the docks. There's also other museums including the Beatles story, rsetaurants and bars to go to, plus you can take a trip on the 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey'.

        The maritime museum has several floors and exhibtions, you could easily spend an afternnon there. One of the main exhibtions is the International Slavery section. I would really recommend this. It looks at the history of slavery, the effects on Liverpool and the UK, the conditions the slaves lived and were transported in and how slavery was abolished.

        There's artefacts, real history with people speaking about their experience, pictures, video and posters and information.

        Other displays look at famous ships, the emigration between Liverpool and New York and Liverpool as a port.

        It's pretty interesting, perhaps not one for the younger kids. It's a great location too. It has a gift shop and somewhere to get a drink. And free!

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        31.12.2008 04:21

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        educational museum

        this museum is located at albert docks in liverpool it is easily accessible. its about a ten to fifteen minute walk from the train station so its accessible from many places. it shows different stages of slavery through the ages. i found this museum quite disturbing although it does open your eyes to a lot. it teaches you all about prejudice and how people have been treated throgh the years. the most disturbing thing for me was the klu klux klan outfit which was on display i found this quite sickening. it lets you listen to typical slave music and has large screens throughout the museum where you can watch clips of slaves through the years. it has lots of information dotted about everywhere so you can learn about each area with both audio and visual aids. you have to have a strong stomach to sit and watch parts of it as they are quite horrible. its very educational.
        free entrance

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        29.02.2008 22:59
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        Don'y visit the slavery area

        Going with my archaeology groupd we decided to visit the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool which is in the Maritime Museum. As such we also got a quick peek into the Titanica and Customs gallery-more about those later.

        Its located in Albert Dock-easy enough to find. Also here is the Beatles Experience and the Duckmarine. The first problem in parking-there's a lot of it but its always full and you have to pay-although the museum is free so you can forgive.

        Secodnly, we knwo had to findit-there were no signs telling where you where it was. We spent a good 20 minutes before finding it. It is actually a pretty impressive(and very nice) bulding on the dock. In front of it is a short section of railway track-whether it runs at all or not I don't knwo but it certainly wasn't running the day we went and there were no trains about.

        We then entered into a large foyer.

        The first port of call(pardon the pun) was the International Slavery Museum which can accessed bya lift.

        There are three galleries here -all about the slave trade.

        The very first one is on the lives before they became slaves-this was my favourite-it had a great collection of masks in a variety of colours as well as some very nice weaponry.
        However, in my own opinion the gallery is spoilt by a re-cretion of a village-made like c hilds toy making it plastic, cold and less which culd be said about the rest of the exhibition-but it was glaringly obvious here.

        Next is a bit all about the slave trade-which is the smallest gallery-hmm...
        There is a superb 'little' model of the plantaion complete with workers and buildings.
        The main thing here are interactive exhibits-which are great however here they were nothing but a gimmiakc-just a plain game which tells you nothing interesting at all.

        The final gallery is the biggest and in my own opinion the worst.
        It talks about the slaves lives after slavery-which is fairly intersting. The next bit however is all about the racism slavery cuased-worthy stuff but dull. Do we really need to be reminded about these sometimes horrible incidents? No. Personally I feel there is no point in this gallery and many people were yawning at it. As well as that some exhibits deemed as racist were not -just because the adverts don't contain white people doesn't mean there racist-is the Halifax advert racist?

        we had a quick peek at the Maritime Museum-mainly the Titanic which was very intersting-and is home to an absolutely spectaculaur model of the Tiatnic as well as the original bell from it. This was like the slavery museum interatice-however it had character and life and you did actually find out something from it.

        we also very quickly looked in Customs-which was very interesting but we were running out of time so only got to look at some of it.

        As I mentioned before it is fully accesible to the disbaled and wheelchairs.

        There is a shop on the ground floor-which had some nice stuff but to be honest was a bit of a rip-off(aren't they all).

        There are also plenty of toilets which are clean.

        I found the maritime area of the museum to be very intersting and informative and if I went back I would only visit this bit again.
        The slavery museum was cold and lifeless-although some exhibits were intersting some were rubbish and text was kept aat a bare minmum and I only from it. The only good point on the slavery area are the maks and that it is free as is the maritime museum.

        I would recommend half and hour to an hour for the slavery bit and two hours or more for the maritime museum.

        Thank you for reading and please comment,

        Willx

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        06.01.2008 21:58
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        A few hours well spent

        We squeezed a trip in here the other day whilst we were waiting to go on the 'Dukw bus' or is it 'Duck Bus'. It turned out to be a really good time filler.
        The museum has moved since the last time I went about 15 years ago into a new warehouse in the Albert dock. We went on the train so I can't really comment on the parking situation but it looked OK, with plenty of spaces in the large parking lot to the left of Albert dock.

        The museum looks all new and fresh, with a huge anchor sitting outside the front steps. The lobby is large and inviting.
        It's on 4 floors with a lift and stairs and it looked like they were extending into the basement.

        The display areas were excellent. It is vibrant with light and sound with an excellent use of multimedia. The interactivity was superb and the kids (5,8,8,and 10) could have spent 5 times as long in there as we did. we only had 45 mins before we went floating in a bus on the dock!
        The exhibitions included customs, Liverpool as a naval port and the battle of the atlantic, and the titanic, which had links to merseyside. The museum has a knack of making everything so interesting through it's touchy feely approach. There are screens everywhere inviting you to go and play.

        The museums best exhibition is about the slave trade, where Liverpool holds a dubious reputation. The artefacts are interesting, with tribal masks and mud hut reconstructions but it is the multimedia that blows you away. Sound and light seems to come from all directions. The use of well designed photo projection and videos of actors actually leaves you feeling quite harrowed and ashamed. There is a central projection are filled with the sounds and sights of slaves packed into a ship, filmed in close up so you feel you are lying amongst them. My 10 year-old sat watching the 5 minute-or-so loop for nearly 25 minutes, quite mesmerised. elsewhere there are model plantations with lots of interesting facts and info such as the price list from a slave auction. Lots to see and do.
        If you're down at Albert dock for a bit of shopping, visiting the tate or wanting some lunch go an hour early and pop in. It'd be an hour well spent.

        Oh, and it's all free by the way!!

        originally posted on Ciao by myself - dhillcrest

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          12.01.2001 15:52
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          If you are looking for a good museum in Liverpool then I would recommend the maritime museum at the Albert dock. It is one of the museums in the Liverpool eight, a scheme where you buy one cheap ticket and you can get access to eight museums around Liverpool for one year. As the name suggests the museum focuses on the maritime traditions of this country with particular focus on Liverpool. There are several floors of displays each of which is themed. The display you have to see if based on the slave trade. It is a real eye opener and gives a great insight into the African slave trade and the terrible suffering it brought to so many. There are also displays on customs and excise, the Atlantic war and a ship bottling demonstration. (It is worth checking when this is running because I have missed it loads of times and its worth a look especially for the kids) Allow about two hours for a visit. It is also well situated for the other attractions on the docks or the town centre.

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          Merseyside Maritime Museum is in a former bonded warehouse, part of the historic Albert Dock on the banks of the River Mersey. The museum, opened in 1980, tells the story of one of the world's greatest ports and the people who used it.