National Museums Liverpool

Coordinates: 53°24′28.1″N 2°59′21.3″W / 53.407806°N 2.989250°W / 53.407806; -2.989250 National Museums Liverpool, previously known as National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, comprises several museums and art galleries in and around Liverpool, England. All museums and galleries in this group have free admission. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and an exempt charity under English law.[1]

National Museums Liverpool's origins go back to 1851 and the founding of what is now World Museum. It was established as a national museums group in 1986 and changed its name to National Museums Liverpool in 2003. currently comprises eight different venues, one of which is outside Liverpool itself — the Lady Lever Art Gallery, located in Wirral.

It holds in trust multi-disciplinary collections of worldwide origin made up of more than one million objects and works of art. The organisation holds courses, lectures, activities and events and provides educational workshops and activities for school children, young people and adults. Its venues are open to the public seven days a week 361 days a year and all exhibitions are free. National Museums Liverpool has charitable status and is England’s only national museums group based entirely outside London.

NML Museums and Art Galleries

Museum Year Established Status Specialities Image
World Museum 1851 Open Ancient History, archaeology, ethnology, natural history, space and time, science
Walker Art Gallery 1877 Open Art: Painting, sculpture and craft
Merseyside Maritime Museum 1980 Open Immigration, Maritime history
Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered 1994 Open The UK Border Agency National Museum, highlighting the work of the UK Border Agency and HM Revenue and Customs, covering smuggling, crime and the history of tax. Located in the basement gallery of Merseyside Maritime Museum since May 2008.
International Slavery Museum 2007 Open, Phase 2 under development Historical and contemporary aspects of slavery
Lady Lever Art Gallery 1922 Open Art: paintings, sculpture and furniture
Sudley House 1996 Open Art, fashion
Museum of Liverpool 2011 Open Liverpool's social and cultural history. The museum follows the Museum of Liverpool Life, open 1993–2006
National Conservation Centre 1996 Closed Art, conservation science and technology. Closed to the public 17 December 2010. Conservation work continues behind the scenes.

Other Liverpool Museums and Art Galleries

Proposed Museums


  1. Charities Act 1993, Schedule 2.
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