A stunning new addition to Liverpool’s waterfront

The Museum of Liverpool, the first of its kind for more than a century, will open its doors on Tuesday 19 July 2011. Reflecting the city’s vibrant culture, visitors can explore how the port, its people, their creative and sporting history have shaped the city

The Museum of Liverpool will open its doors to the public on Tuesday 19th July 2011. Reflecting the vibrant culture of Liverpool, visitors can explore how the port, its people, their creative and sporting history have shaped the city. The new building on Liverpool’s famous waterfront, the first of its kind for more than a century, will be opened by six-year-old schoolboy Finn O’Hare. Finn wrote a letter to the museum bosses last year stating how excited he was about the forthcoming opening.

“Dear Mr and Mrs in charge of the museum. My name is Finn O’Hare and I am nearly six. I am very excited about when the new museum will open. Please can I come to the opening ceremony? It will be great. I am good at opening things – Please can I open the museum?”

Dr David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool was impressed by the youngsters enthusiasm and said, ‘’the Museum of Liverpool is very much a museum of the people and thousands of Merseysiders have helped us create the galleries. When we received Finn’s letter back in Autumn we thought it would be a brilliant idea for him to help us open the Museum, acting on behalf of all the people of the city. We are very pleased that Finn has accepted our invitation to cut the ribbon on this major date in the history of the city.”

The museum is the first national museum anywhere in the world that is devoted to the history of a regional city. Housing more than 6,000 objects, from the stage where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met, to the last remaining carriage from the famous Liverpool Overhead Railway.

Located in four large gallery areas, the museum’s themes will be, the Great Port, Global City, People’s Republic and Wondrous Place. Another key area of the museum will be the History Detectives interactive resource centre. They offer visitors the chance to unearth an array of stories spanning the Ice Age to the present day.

Be one of the first visitors to cross the museum’s doors on Tuesday 19th July at
10am, on Liverpool’s waterfront opposite the famous Royal Liver Building. http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/