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Culture & Regeneration

In 2008 Liverpool was European Capital of Culture, showcasing the city’s significant cultural output and impressive range of galleries and museums.

The momentum from its successful year plus the funding and investment that came to the Liverpool linked to the Capital of Culture award have helped Liverpool resist the economic downturn experienced by many other parts of the UK.

Highlights of Liverpool’s celebrated culture include the National Museums Liverpool- a collection of eight galleries and museums, all free to enter, and one of the greatest groups of national museums in the world, including:

  • The Museum of Liverpool (opened 2011) - tells of the global significance of this trading city, its history, culture and people.
  • World Museum Liverpool - with its planetarium, aquarium, bug house, exhibitions of world cultures, and Egyptology is a wonderful attraction for all the family
  • Albert Dock, one of our World Heritage areas is the location of both:
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum - with information on the port of Liverpool as well as fascinating exhibitions and artefacts including The Titanic and Liverpool-
  • The International Slavery Museum (opened 2007) - highlights the importance of slavery and tells of historical and contemporary slavery.

Art galleries include:

  • The Walker Art Gallery with a collection that spans from medieval to contemporary art including a world famous collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings;
  • The Lady Lever Art Gallery on the Wirral, home to the impressive personal collection of William Lever the founder of Port Sunlight.
  • Tate Liverpool, at the Albert Dock with its collection of British and international modern and contemporary art, this year featuring exhibitions by abstract artist Piet Mondrian, and Andy Warhol.

Every two years Liverpool holds the UKs largest contemporary art festival, Liverpool Biennial which will take place this year from July-October, and features artworks, projects and events many in the public realm.

Why not visit the musical powerhouse that is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the stylish art deco Philharmonic Hall features a virtuoso season of concerts by our celebrated orchestra, as well as an ever-changing programme of shows by other artists including rock, pop, blues, jazz and folk as well as comedy and even films.
Group visits to all of the attractions, museums and galleries mentioned can be organized to give you an insight into some of the greatest collections in the UK and Europe with real inside knowledge.