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This video has an overview of the International Slavery Museum, and the Merseyside Maritime Museum in the same building, with a focus on access, signed in British Sign Language. It includes getting to and getting into the museum, as well as the facilities inside. 


A complete access guide for the International Slavery Museum and Merseyside Maritime Museum is also available on the Disabled Go website.


There are three blue badge parking spaces in the car park on the right hand side of the road leading into the Royal Albert Dock, opposite the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building  (the former Granada Television building, previously known as the Dock Traffic Office). Another four designated blue badge spaces are available in the on-street parking on the right hand side of the approach road, which are slightly further away from the museum building. Charges apply for parking in both these areas.

In the museum


Work is currently taking place to replace the Museum’s lifts, continuing until September 2019.

One lift will be in operation at a time during this period. Please prioritise access for visitors who want to use the lift. For information and help please speak to a Visitor Assistant.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Videos and interactives throughout the International Slavery Museum have subtitles and British Sign Language on demand, and removable stools where necessary.
  • There is a raised orientation map in the gallery with braille, and audio guides in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
  • The Merseyside Maritime Museum (in the same building) has adapted toilet facilities.
  • Light levels in some parts of the museum are low because of the sensitivity of objects.
  • Guide and hearing dogs welcome.
  • Table service is available in the ground floor café and the Maritime Dining Room on the top floor.
  • Seating is available in the galleries.

Group visits

If you would like to visit the museum and have specific access requirements for your group, please contact Joyce Parr to discuss these. We offer a range of tactile sessions using our handling collections, including  Life in West Africa and Understanding transatlantic slavery. 

Wheelchair access

There are two ramped accesses (gradients 1:12 and 1:15) and a lift to all floors.

There is access to every floor but due to evacuation procedures we have to restrict the number of wheelchair users on each floor at any one time; as follows:

  • Ground floor and 4th floor: 8 persons per floor
  • Basement and 1st to 3rd floors: 2 persons per floor

Please contact the information desk on 0151 478 4499 before your visit if you have any questions about these restrictions.


Autism Together

We want people living with autism to feel welcome when they visit us, and aim to make our museums and galleries more autism-friendly. The International Slavery Museum has signed up to the Autism Charter, through Autism Together and the Connect to Autism scheme.

City centre services


Visitors with mobility problems may like to make use of Liverpool's Shopmobility service. You can hire equipment including manual and electric wheelchairs and electric scooters. The shop is on the third floor of Liverpool One shopping centre, close to the accessible parking bays in the Strand Street Q-Park. Equipment must be booked in advance and there is a charge. More information can be found on the Liverpool Shopmobility page of the Local Solutions website or by calling 0151 707 0877.


The Merseylink Service is a dial-a-ride service for Merseyside people with mobility problems or difficulties, who cannot use or have difficulty using public transport. The service runs from 8am to 11pm daily and can be used by members for travel anywhere in Merseyside. The service is free for members and one essential travel companion. For further information see the Merseylink Accessibility page on the Merseytravel website.

roleplayer event with British Sign Language interpreter

What's on - printed guides

We produce large print versions of both of our what's on publications. Our Family Guide describes our free family exhibitions, events and activities, while our Exhibitions and Events Guide has more on our wide-ranging temporary exhibitions, talks and workshops. They can be requested through our register with us page.