This video has an overview of the Museum of Liverpool, 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 six blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the museum entrance, by the Great Western Railway building. These are about 30 metres from the entrance and need to be pre-booked. To book a space call 0151 478 4545.
In the museum
- The main entrance is flat, there are automatic doors and there are lifts to all floors.
- Assistance dogs are welcome.
- Two wheelchairs are available to borrow, please ask at the welcome desk.
- A Braille guide is available from the welcome desk.
- Cloakroom lockers and keyrings are labelled in Braille.
- There are tactile objects with Braille labels displayed throughout the museum, see below for details.
- Accessible toilets are available on all floors. On the ground floor there is a registered Changing Places toilet.
- British Sign Language interpretation and subtitles are available for most films.
- Tables and chairs in the café are free standing.
Tactile displays with Braille labels
Our galleries have a number of tactile displays accompanied by Braille labels, including:
The People's Republic gallery, second floor
- A touchable model with Braille by the window helps describe the view of the Pier Head area. Visitors can feel the model and trigger a range of sounds to bring the view to life.
- Tactile models of 'The Architect' and 'The Builder' sculptures from Gerard Gardens flats.
- Child-sized post box, which was made for poor and orphaned children at Fazakerley Cottage Homes.
- Railings from Liverpool Sailor's Home, with a mermaid, shell and anchor in the design.
- Full-size replica of one of the famous Liver Bird sculptures on the top of the Royal Liver Building.
- A range of items that working children would have used in Victorian Liverpool.
- Replicas of Neolithic, Bronze Age and 19th century carvings from the Calderstones prehistoric stone burial chamber in Allerton.
- Replica casts of the prehistoric Formby footprints.
History Detectives gallery, first floor
- Replica tombstone of a Roman woman named Vedica.
- Archaeological finds including a piece of Staffordshire pottery, a clay tobacco pipe, oyster shell and a sugar mould.
- Replicas of archaeological finds, including coins, axe heads, wattle and a medieval table setting.
- A telescope and watchmaker's tool.
- Materials that homes have been made from over time.
Global City gallery, ground floor
- Tactile replica of a Chinese porcelain plate with a dragon design.
The Great Port gallery, ground floor
The following tactile displays in the The Great Port gallery are not accompanied by Braille labels:
- Replica of a prehistoric stone from Calderstones, with a carved spiral.
- Mussel shells.
Sensory displays with smells
The following displays are enhanced with smells:
- The privy in the court housing reconstruction in The People's Republic gallery.
- Import or export? Smells galore interactive in The Great Port gallery.
We offer tactile tours of the museum. If you would like to visit the museum with your group and have specific access requirements please contact Julia Bryan firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss these.
Please see our welcome guide to the Museum of Liverpool (pdf) which has photos of the museum and useful information for your visit.
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 Museum of Liverpool has signed up to the Autism Charter, through Autism Together and the Connect to Autism scheme.
We hold regular quiet mornings which are aimed at supporting the needs of people with autism. Check the Autism-friendly mornings page for details of upcoming events and dates.
A thorough guide to accessibility in the Museum of Liverpool is also available on the Disabled Go website.
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 contact Merseylink on 0151 709 1929.
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.