This video has an overview of Merseyside Maritime Museum, 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 Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum is also available on the  Disabled Go  website.


There are three blue badge parking spaces in the car park on the left 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). These are about 150 yards from the main entrance to the museum. The route from this car park to the museum entrance is paved, and involves crossing one road at a pedestrian crossing.

Another four designated blue badge spaces are available in the on-street parking on the approach road, which are slightly further away from the museum building. Charges apply for parking in both these areas.

In the museum

Gallery temporary closure

On Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 November 2018Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story is temporarily closed whilst we continue work on Sea Galleries, an exciting new Merseyside Maritime Museum gallery opening next year.

Visitors will not be able to access the Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story gallery until Wednesday 7 November 2018.

The changing places accessible toilet on the second floor is closed for the same period. The nearest changing places toilet is located at the Museum of Liverpool at the Pier Head. Please ask at the Information Desk or a Visitor Services Assistant if you need help with directions.

The rest of the building remains unaffected by the renovations, including the International Slavery Museum and Maritime Dining Room.

  • All sites have adapted toilet facilities, with the exception of the Piermaster's House.
  • A Changing Places toilet is available on the second floor of the museum, adjacent to the 'Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story' gallery. 
  • Assistance dogs are welcome.
  • Three wheelchairs are available to borrow, please ask at the information desk when you arrive.
  • Sound sticks (telephones) can assist people using hearing aids in most parts of the museum, except for some features of the Battle for the Atlantic gallery.
  • Seating is available in the galleries.
  • Table service is available in the ground floor café and the Maritime Dining Room on the top floor.

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 tactile sessions for booked groups using our handling collections including All hands on deck and Customs contraband. 

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

Quaysides (when open) are accessible to wheelchair users, although uneven.

Unfortunately the museum ships, the Piermaster's House and some interactives in the Life at sea gallery on the first floor are inaccessible to wheelchair users.

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


Autism Together

Please see our welcome guides, which have photos of the museum along with useful information: 

We want people living with autism to feel welcome when they visit us, and aim to make our museums and galleries more autism-friendly. Merseyside Maritime 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.

event with British Sign Language interpretation

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.