National Museums Liverpool comprises eight museums and galleries, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and derive from Liverpool’s history as a global port city. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. We produce our own touring exhibitions and also welcome approaches from museums who wish to use our collections to create their own bespoke exhibitions.
We have won many awards for our work, which includes the creation of two brand new museums – the International Slavery Museum and the Museum of Liverpool – both of which have been influential globally. Our team has expertise in many different areas relevant to the museum, gallery and cultural heritage sectors, and we work in partnership with organisations locally, nationally and internationally. We are proud to have played a pivotal role in the cultural, educational and economic life of Liverpool and the North West for more than 150 years.
There are more than three million objects in the museum’s collections covering art, history and science. Our world famous art collection includes works on paper, fashion, sculpture and decorative art. Some of our best known masterpieces include works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner, Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Monet, Freud and Hockney. A further highlight is the finest collection of Wedgwood jasperware in the world.
Our archaeology and ethnology collections are equally rich and extensive covering the ancient world, Africa, South East Asia and the Americas. Liverpool’s worldwide connections are represented by contemporary and historic collections relating to the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to migration and to wider maritime history. We also have collections which represent the rich heritage of the region covering 10,000 years of history. Our natural history collections include zoology material with over 400 type specimens, internationally significant botany specimens dating back to the 1700s and a rich mineral and fossil collection from all over the world.
Each year we send collections and exhibitions to different parts of the world. Pre-Raphaelite and Romantic Treasures is currently touring in Japan. It brings together outstanding Victorian paintings and watercolours including many exceptional paintings by Millais, Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Alma-Tadema, Burne-Jones and Waterhouse. In 2014 more than 100 pieces of Wedgwood jasperware toured to Russia to be featured in a major exhibition about Josiah Wedgwood and his influence on British and European taste.
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