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Watch: 9 reasons why you should visit Liverpool’s Maritime Museum including the incredible Titanic exhibition

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Liverpool’s Maritime Museum is full of exhibitions and artefacts which really bring the city’s maritime history to life.

Set over four floors of 19th century warehouse buildings at the Royal Albert Dock, the museum shows how the port of Liverpool became a gateway to the world.

It reveals the incredible stories and real lives behind world famous maritime events, from the Battle of the Atlantic to the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitania.

And, bringing the past right up to date, it looks at the job of Border Control and the detective work they do to identify and catch criminals.

The Maritime Museum is open every day except Mondays – and it’s free to visit!

If you’re planning a visit, here are 9 things to see …

Go beyond the film and history books and delve into the real Titanic

Maritime Museum

Titanic & Liverpool: the Untold Story has fascinating personal stories of people connected to the ill-fated liner who had links to the city, from Captain Smith to lookout Fred Fleet who gave the iceberg warning and the musicians who carried on playing as the ship went down.

Get up close to some rare Titanic items

Maritime Museum

The collection includes a lifejacket worn by a survivor from the ship, which was recovered from one of the lifeboats, a first class passenger ticket and boarding card, and items including clothing and a gold pocket watch and chain belonging to a Titanic steward.

Find out all about what life at sea was – and still is – actually like

Maritime Museum

The museum’s newest gallery, Life on Board, covers real life stories of seafarers and passengers through the centuries – from the merchant sailors who helped make the city prosperous to the passengers who travelled on luxury liners or sailed away to a new life.

See how our world famous waterfront has evolved

Maritime Museum

The waterfront we all know now is very different to the one that existed hundreds of years ago – archive material and photography in the On The Waterfront display shows how our waterfront’s fortunes have changed greatly over the years and the impact that had on the rest of the city.

Discover the story of a maritime tragedy which hit Liverpool hard

Maritime Museum

The sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 during World War I devastated the dockland community in north Liverpool where so many of the crew who lost their lives came from. The Maritime Museum Lusitania exhibition recounts the story of the attack on the unarmed passenger ship and features personal stories told by family members of the crew.

Liverpool was the starting point for millions of new adventures

Over the 100 years leading up to 1930, around nine million people sailed from Liverpool searching for a better life. They headed to  the ‘New World’, to North America, Australia and New Zealand. The Emigrants gallery lets visitors experience what those journeys were like, including for crew below deck.

Explore the part Liverpool played in WWII’s longest campaign

The Battle of the Atlantic ran from 1939 to 1945, from the first day of World War II to the last. The Battle of the Atlantic gallery reveals more about the campaign, the huge part it played in the Allied victory and how Liverpool took on a vital role as Britain’s most important port during the war.

Visit the International Slavery Museum

Anyone going to the Maritime Museum can also visit the International Slavery Museum which is on the third floor. It’s an amazing place to learn more about not only historical but modern day slavery, and hear the untold stories of enslaved people.

Take the Old Dock Tour

Liverpool’s history is all around – and that includes under our feet! On Wednesdays, Fridays and every other Thursday and Saturday, starting from the Maritime Museum, you can go step back in time on a guided tour of the site of the world’s first commercial wet dock, buried under Liverpool ONE. You can book the Old Dock Tour HERE.

Find out more about what’s on at Liverpool’s Maritime Museum here.

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