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Liverpool Arts and Culture

Liverpool became a European arts and culture centre in 2008 and there are plenty of places to see and visit when you come to Liverpool.

Liverpool’s Albert Dock is one of the UK’s grade one listed buildings, it is home to the Tate, Liverpool, the Beatle’s Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the new, International Slavery Museum.

The Tate Liverpool is home to the National Collection of Modern Art in the North, it is located at the Albert Dock and within easy walking distance of the city centre. The Tate Liverpool is a major venue for major exhibitions of international modern art and it also hosts different exhibitions from the national collection. The Gallery runs special events and children’s programmes and has a café overlooking the dock. Liverpool Cathedral is the largest in the country and the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the space and audio film is well worth seeing.

The Walker Art Gallery has temporary exhibitions on a regular basis. The major collection includes Medieval, Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite art. The gallery also houses the Holbein portrait of Henry the Eighth. There is a special children’s gallery created with the help of young artists. The gallery also has a gift shop and a café and is just yards away from Lime Street Station.

Liverpool has a range of theatres the Everyman theatre aims to give new writing talent an airing. There are new interpretations of classic plays and some work that is completely new to the stage. The Liverpool Playhouse is one of the oldest repertory theatres in the country and classic plays are given fresh interpretations in this eighteenth century music hall.

There are a good number of museums in and around Liverpool with the three most prominent ones being the World Museum Liverpool, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum. The Slavery Museum looks at the history of slavery and of Liverpool’s place in it while addressing issues of identity, human rights, racial discrimination and cultural change. The Museum is split into three levels Life in West Africa, Enslavement and the Middle Passage and Legacy. The museum uses audio visual techniques to recreate the conditions on slave ships; it’s the only museum of its kind in the UK.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum based in the Albert Dock. The museum has four floors of exhibits that demonstrate the city’s maritime history, including Liverpool’s role in the Second World War. The Liverpool World Museum has thousands of exhibits in a range of galleries. The Natural History Centre hosts a world of plants, animals, rocks and minerals and hands on exhibits. The World Culture Gallery features artefacts from Africa, Asia and the Americas, exploring Liverpool’s history as a world port. The theatre hosts music and dance performances that link up with people from all over the world. The museum has plenty of educational facilities, a café and a shop. There is also an exhibition that is dedicated to sixty years of Liverpool music.

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