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Published January 13th 2019
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There are many different things to see and do on a visit to Liverpool and if you are on a tight budget, then finding things that are free is always good.

One of the free places you can visit is the Museum of Liverpool. We visited as a family and it is the perfect place for visitors to see what makes this city the unique place that it is and what makes its people so colourful.

Museum of Liverpool

It is located down at the old docklands area of a city that is packed full of history. There you'll find this unique purpose-built building that is the first newly constructed national museum in the UK in over 100 years and was opened in 2011.

The building is powered by state of the art renewable energy technology and houses displays across three floors with no shortage of things to see and interactive exhibits that everyone can enjoy.

As you wander around the museum, you will find something interesting to around every corner with the layout hiding things all around, making it fun to explore all the exhibits.

Elevated Railway

Among the many different displays, you'll see the world's first overhead railway that was built in 1893 to ease congestion on the docks - it sits above your head - and when you go upstairs, you can take a look inside and read all about it.

The primary displays are set around four themes The Great Port, Global City, People's Republic, and Wondrous Place

Wondrous Place is an area that contains changing exhibitions and at the time of our visit, there was an exhibition exploring John Lennon and Yoko Ono's story.

The People's Republic exhibit gives an insight into the people that make the city what it is and how it has changed over the last 200 years.

Global City exhibit delves into the history of Liverpool being the second city of the former British Empire.

The Great Port display shows how the once small inlet managed to grow into what was one of the biggest ports in the world and how it was involved in pushing the development of new technology.

With so many different objects on display, both kids and adults were never bored; had we more time, we could have spent many more hours wandering around than we did.

There is a cafe on the ground floor and free wifi is available. A 26-page information booklet, containing must-see highlights, can be purchased for 1.

Overall, an interesting place to visit and with no entry charge, it's a good place to start exploring Liverpool.
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Why? To learn what it means to be a Liverpudlian
When: All year
Phone: 44 151 478 4545
Where: Museum of Liverpool Pier Head Liverpool Waterfront Liverpool L3 1DG
Cost: FREE
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