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Last updated: 30 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: David Atkinson

Britain rules the world in pop music: the £5bn recorded and live music industry has taken home-grown bands to all corners of the world. And it started with Liverpool.

That’s why the story of British music from the end of WWII to the present day, presented via over 600 items of memorabilia, finds a natural home at this fun, informative museum on the waterfront. Think stage outfits, images and footage of your favourite headline acts, including Freddie Mercury, The Spice Girls and, of course, Liverpool’s very own, The Beatles.

Highlights include outfits worn by David Bowie and hand-written song lyrics from Adele. And look out for regular but fascinating temporary exhibitions on specific genres or artists.

Music fans will love it.

Don’t miss

Get hands-on at the Gibson Brands Interactive Studio. This interactive gallery means you can play along via video tutorials to your favourite track on a range of instruments.

While you’re there

Don’t miss the ultimate selfie opportunity at The Beatles statue on the waterfront opposite. Donated by the Cavern Club, it celebrates the 50th birthday of the band’s last Liverpool gig.

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Price from: £16
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The museum is located on the waterfront, a ten-minute walk from James Street train station and located along the waterfront from the Royal Albert Dock.

This is generally an independent visit at your own pace. Normally, you can just turn up for a visit but, if you book in advance, it’s slightly cheaper.

Each general entry ticket is valid for 12 months. You can return as many times as you like.

When to do it

The museum is open daily from Easter to New Year, but only Wednesday to Sunday from January to March. Try to avoid school holidays for quieter access to the exhibits.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

Malmaison Liverpool

Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)[0.4 miles]

Sexy rooms, cool cocktails and a waterfront location, handy for the Albert Dock, make this a great base for a weekend away. The cheeky, boudoir-chic vibe is one for couples seeking privacy.

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Hard Days Night Hotel

Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

For a frisson of Beatlemania, get back to this Cavern Quarter hotel for a night surrounded with memorabilia from Liverpool’s swinging Sixties.

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Baltic Hotel

Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)[1.3 miles]

Urban chic and good vibes are always on the menu at this stylish, contemporary hotel in the city’s up-and-coming Baltic Quarter. One for the night owls and people seeking plenty of ‘vibes’.

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Hope Street Hotel

Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)[1.7 miles]

Cool Scandinavian-chic style and the best food in town create an unbeatable city centre hotel.

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Destination guides including or relevant to this experience


Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

Home of the world’s most successful ever-band and one of the world’s top football clubs, the reborn city is also a cultural powerhouse, with top-notch museums, rich maritime heritage and cultural events galore.

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Fascinating waterside museum exploring Liverpool’s industrial, cultural and social heritage – including the Beatles and football.

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The northern counterpart of the world-renowned Tate enterprise, showcasing an eclectic collection of British art.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Beatles Story

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This popular museum, located in the Albert Dock, traces the Beatles’ journey from The Cavern, via the dizzy heights of Beatlemania, to the final days. Colourful and engaging with lots of pop trivia, it’s one for curious and serious fans alike.

Best for ages: 13+ | £18

Walker Art Gallery

Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)[1.2 miles]

The largest collection of art outside London, with works of European art from the 14th-20th centuries.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Aerial view of the city of Liverpool in United Kingdom

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exterior of the entrance

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