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British Music Experience

Last updated: 26 March, 2024

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.


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.

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  • Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

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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.