- Lusitania: life, loss, legacy - a major gallery about the tragic story of Liverpool's favourite liner
- Battle of the Atlantic - the vital role that Liverpool played in the Second World War.
- Life at Sea - the role of merchant ships and seafarers in providing a vital lifeline for the country by carrying goods and passengers in both peace and warover the last three centuries.
- MV Derbyshire - search for the truth - a display in the Life at Sea gallery about the biggest British registered merchant ship ever to have been lost at sea.
- Empress of Ireland - a display in the Life at Sea gallery about one of the biggest shipping disasters to affect Liverpool
- Sea Urchins - a fun maritime-themed play area for early years visitors.
- In Learning base 1 when no events are on you can watch a 40 minute film about the Mapping Memory project investigating Liverpool's waterfront during a time of great change. There is a small display case about the project nearby. See the accompanying Mapping Memory interactive map on this website.
- Download the first floor plan (pdf).
Temporary gallery closure
The second floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum will be closed from 6 January until 28 March 2020 as we prepare to open Life on board; a new gallery exploring Liverpool’s seafaring history. Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, the Archive Centre and the changing places accessible toilet on the second floor will be closed during this time.
The nearest changing places toilet is located at the Museum of Liverpool at the Pier Head. Please enquire at the Information Desk or ask a Visitor Services Assistant if you need help with directions.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Please note that the Art and the Sea and the Builders of Great Ships galleries on the second floor have closed and will be replaced with the new Life on board gallery in Spring 2020.
The International Slavery Museum is on the third floor.
Ships, quaysides and docks
Two historic vessels, the Edmund Gardner pilot ship and three-masted schooner De Wadden, are kept in dry dock opposite the museum. There are buoys, anchors and other objects on the dockside, including the Lusitania propeller. This area is not currently accessible for visitors.
The Piermaster's House is open 10am-4.30pm most days, but might be closed 10am-1pm on Mondays-Wednesdays during term time when school workshops are booked in the space.
Visitors can also book special tours of Liverpool's Old Dock. Tours start at the museum and it is a short walk to see Liverpool's first dock.