In the interests of public safety we will be carrying out bag checks. Please do not bring large or heavy bags, as we cannot store these and they will not be allowed on the premises. Prams and pushchairs will also be checked before they can be stored.
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. There are optional captions, click or tap on the CC symbol to turn them off or on again.
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 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
If you would like to visit the museum and have specific access requirements for your group, please contact Joyce Parr email@example.com to discuss these. We offer tactile sessions for booked groups using our handling collections including All hands on deck and Customs contraband.
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.
Please see our autism-friendly gallery guide to Merseyside Maritime Museum (pdf) which has photos of spaces outside and inside the museum along with useful information.
A special autism-friendly morning is available at Merseyside Maritime Museum on Sunday 9 October, 10.30am-12noon. The morning is free but please book your place in advance. Find out more on the autism-friendly learning sessions page.
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.
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.