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BIGGEST NEW BUILD IN BRITISH MUSEUM IN A CENTURY


he much-anticipated Museum of Liverpool opened its doors to the public in mid July as planned. It is the


biggest new-build national museum in Britain for more than 100 years. The £72m (US$117m, €82.5m) building de-


signed by Danish 3xN will provide 8,000sq m (86,100sq ft) of public space across three fl oors, and visitors will have access to over 6,000 objects being held in storage at the National Museums Liverpool’s collection. The story of Liverpool will be told via four


main themed galleries: Wondrous Place, Glo- bal City, People’s Republic and Great Port. The Wondrous Place gallery will celebrate


the creative personality of Liverpool and will include displays focusing on The Beatles and Merseyside’s famous football clubs, while the Global City gallery will explore the extent of Liverpool’s global links and will feature a 180-seat theatre showing work created by Liverpool artists. The People’s Republic gallery will explore the experience of living in the city, what it means to be Liverpudlian and how people have left their mark on Liverpool, whereas Great Port will look at how Liverpool transformed itself from a small tidal inlet to one of the world’s great ports.


56 Attractions Handbook 2011-2012 Four themed galleries will tell the story of how the great port city of Liverpool has developed over the ages


Originally planned as a three-phased opening, the project has since been reduced to just two. Phase one will see the opening of the majority of the ground fl oor and top fl oor galleries. This will comprise the main Wondrous Place, People’s Republic and Global City galleries, in addition to a smaller Little Liverpool gallery featuring a variety of sensory and visual displays, including a water play space based on the River Mersey, and an Atrium Space. A Skylight Gallery taking up the entire top fl oor will display Ben Johnson's Liverpool Cityscape opposite Mike McCart- ney's photographic views of Liverpool.


The second phase, expected towards the


end of this year, will include the Great Port gallery, two smaller galleries called Liverpool Overhead Railway and City Soldiers, plus a 38m (125ft) timeline featuring objects forming the backbone of a History Detectives gallery, which will also include an interactive map of Merseyside exploring how places change. The Museum of Liverpool replaces the Mu-


seum of Liverpool Life, which was too small to accommodate the sheer number of visitors it attracted since its opening in 1993. And so the idea of building a new facility was born. Details: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol


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