National Museums Liverpool is England's only national collection based outside London. Its eight unique venues are home to fabulously varied collections covering everything from social history to space travel, entomology to ethnology, dinosaurs to docks, arts to archaeology. The Museums encourage everyone, regardless of their background or ability, to discover and enjoy the arts and sciences. Admission to the museums is free.
The Liverpool Museum has one of the largest Asian collections in the UK, including material from China, Japan, Tibet, the Indian sub-continent, and South East Asia. As part of the forthcoming World Museum Liverpool opening, a World Cultures Gallery covering Asia, the Americas, Africa and Oceania is being created.
The Museum of Liverpool Life tells the story of the people of Liverpool. It includes a large display on the history of trade. The city was built on the activities of merchants who traded around the world in a huge range of commodities including cotton, sugar, grain, tobacco and people. In the eighteenth century, Liverpool became Europe's leading port involved in the slave trade. In the nineteenth century cotton became the key import with the docks handling 80% of Britain's cotton trade.
National Museums Liverpool are outreach partners in the Plant Cultures project.
The Museum of Liverpool Life
Indian presence in Liverpool
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