Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum is located within Albert Dock in Liverpool.  The museum hosts a wealth of information about Liverpool’s maritime history.

The collection first started in 1862, based out on a few model ships. Then in 1924 maritime historian Robert Gladstone started a plan to create a shipping gallery, which opened in 1931. Gladstone was the great-nephew of Prime Minister William Gladstone.

Many model ships and boats were destroyed during the Second World War.  Despite the damage, the collection began to steadily grow. Towards the end of the 1970s work towards a dedicated maritime museum began, and it opened for a trial season in 1980. A couple of years later a small exhibition had formed in the Albert Dock building, and the Piermaster’s House opened. 

The current Merseyside Maritime Museum, located in a part of the Albert Dock building, has been here since 1986.

On display is the former optic from Hale Head Lighthouse.

Hale Head Optic
The former optic from Hale Head Lighthouse

Also on display is a model of an early Bar Lightvessel, one of the Mersey lightships.

Bar Lightship model

The archive materials for the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board are also housed within the Museum Archive.

Liverpool played a part in the transatlantic slave trade, emigration, and the RMS Titanic.  This and other aspects of Liverpool’s rich history is explained here and at other National Museums in Liverpool.