Liverpool is one of UK’s 32 World Heritage Sites, and rightfully so. It stands as a proud reminder of the power and prowess of Liverpool as one of the most important ports and docks in the 18th and 19th century. It houses the largest collection of museums and galleries outside London and is proudly the hometown of the Beatles and UK’s largest Cathedral. Some of the best cultural institutions of Liverpool are listed below.
The Beatles Story
The people of Liverpool hold the Beatles in very high regard as they rightfully should. The Beatles Story is a museum on Albert Dock, housing rare photographs, amazing replicas, priceless memorabilia, captivating tales of the band and much more. A tour through several famous places associated with the band’s history like Matthew Street, Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane have been made into a package called The Magic Mystery Tour.
The Cavern Club
One of the most favourite venues for The Beatles, The Cavern Club is one of the most publicised music stages in British history. The Beatles played here for the first time in 1961 and has reiterated so more than a hundred times since. Today it stands as a testimony to the long running history of British music.
Liverpool’s contemporary art scene is best presented in The Bluecoat, showcasing visual art, literature, music and dance. Liverpool’s cultural hub, as it is called, is a grade 1 listed building that dates back to the 18th century. Over the years, it has been the exhibition venue for the first Post Impressionists show, the works of Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and held performances of Bela Bartok, Benjamin Britten and Igor Stravinsky to name a few.
Tate Liverpool is one of the most prestigious museums and art galleries in the United Kingdom. It shares kinship with the Tate St Ives in Cornwall, Tate Britain in London and the Tate Modern, all part of the Tate family. It has a separate section for both contemporary artist legends from the past as well for modern day practitioners. Tate Liverpool organises educational events for adults and children as well such as talks, film screenings etc.
Liverpool World Museum
The aptly named Liverpool World Museum exhibits are as vast as the world, taking visitors through millions of years of history with the help of thousands of exhibits and practical activities. People who visit can learn anything from the history of dinosaurs to all cultures of the world. It also has its own aquarium in addition to all this. And to top it off, the museum presents educational theatre performances and film screenings at the Treasure House Theatre.