Global City

Liverpool's famous waterfront

© Pete Carr

The Global City gallery is closed from 12 December 2016 as we prepare for the temporary closure of the Museum of Liverpool from 31 December 2016.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

The Museum of Liverpool will re-open in late February 2017.

How did Liverpool become the second city of the British Empire? What was the Empire, who built it and why does it still affect our lives today?

Find the answers to this and lots more in the Global City gallery. Here you can discover fascinating objects from carved ivory tusks to Meccano models and even the odd turkey! Explore the cultural influences, people and ideas that came into the city from every continent. Get ready for a thrilling journey through Liverpool's past.

Gallery highlights

Special exhibition

Our City, Our Stories displays

Our City, Our Stories is the Museum of Liverpool's ongoing partnership programme. The programme enables local people to present their interpretation of the museum's themes and objects through working with the Museum of Liverpool team.

The current displays are:

Get involved

As part of Our City, Our Stories , local people have already contributed to the museum's permanent and temporary exhibitions by giving or lending objects, recording oral histories and working with the museum team to create new displays.

If you would like to work with the museum to create a community display, fill in the form on the Communities page to tell us about your idea.