7.5 million in less than a decade

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This weekend the Museum of Liverpool will be celebrating its tenth birthday.

A group of 10 year old children in Beatles’ costumes celebrate their decade along witb that of the museum. © Mark MacNulty/National Museums Liverpool

And the same person who cut the opening ribbon back in 2011, the then six year old – Finn O’Hare – will return on Saturday to cut a birthday cake.

On both days, there will be family craft activities, musical performances and role-players.

In addition, the archaeology team will be joining celebrations with an open day for their dig on the Piermaster’s Green on Saturday 17 July and will be hosting their award-winning Festival of Archaeology Twitter conference on Tuesday 20 July 2021.

Over the weekend visitors can visit the Quaysides to see 3D installation from the six teams who have been shortlisted to take part in the second stage of the Waterfront Transformation Project: Canning Dock competition. These installations will explore the heritage of the site, and look at how they can create a cohesive visitor experience that links storytelling, heritage, community and connectivity.

For a full list of the events go to https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/birthdayevents or click here.

That opening day a decade ago saw the first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city. The purpose-built, landmark building on Liverpool’s waterfront is home to more than 6,000 objects and interactive features that explore the city’s remarkable contribution to the world that includes, shipping, trade, entertainment and industry.

I missed the opening day seeing around the museum a few days later after things had settled down. The imposing structure almost leaning over on the waterfront has helped transform the area which is watched over by the Liver Building on the opposite side of the road.

Since then some 7,500,000 people have visited the museum and enjoyed the twenty-seven major exhibitions it has hosted since.

The Museum of Liverpool is part of National Museums Liverpool which also consists of the World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Sudley House and Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Museum of Liverpool. Image -JaT

Unlike many museums, there has been a theme behind some of the exhibitions held at the Museum of Liverpool. The Our City, Our Stories series has allowed many of Liverpool’s diverse communities to share their history in the city.

It has justly been the recipient of many national and international awards including the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 2013 for its commitment to human rights and work with children and families; the UK’s best Window with a View public vote in 2016, and in 2019 a Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award.

After the closure over much of the last fifteen months (which make the visitor figures look even more impressive) the museum announced the reopening of the Wondrous Place gallery in November, featuring many new exhibits and interactives that explore Liverpool’s internationally recognised creative expression and influence.

The celebrations are on from 10am to 6pm on both days.

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