Museum birthday countdown!

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We are counting down to the World Museum's 150th birthday celebrations which are happening this weekend on 16 and 17 October. Each day we'll be giving you a fascinating fact from the 150 year history of the museum in our countdown to the big day!

World Museum fact for the day:

Did you know...that on 8 March 1853 the museum opened for the first time on Slater Street in Liverpool. It was then called the 'Derby Museum of the Borough of Liverpool' in honour of the Earl of Derby’s bequest of over 20,000 natural history specimens.

The museum later moved and was re-opened for the first time on William Brown Street in 1860 and this is the anniversary we are celebrating this year!

The corner of a brown brick building

Slater Street, the location where the museum first openend.