Merseyside Maritime Museum & International Slavery Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, image courtesy of venue
Image courtesy of Merseyside Maritime Museum & International Slavery Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum & International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ – Visit Now

The Merseyside Maritime Museum & the International Slavery Museum are two museums that sit within the same building in the historic Albert Dock.

The International Slavery Museum looks down on the dry docks where the 18th century trading ships that  transported over 1.5 million slaves were built. Liverpool grew rich on the back of this trade and here you find the city facing up to the unsavoury but central part it played in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and its enduring impact past and present. Not merely custodians of the past, this museum takes a stance campaigning for social justice on behalf of enslaved people around the world – and does a might fine job of it.

Elsewhere in the building the Merseyside Maritime Museum tells the story of the Port of Liverpool, which has been graced by some of the  finest ocean going cruisers as well made this a global trading city.  It was from Liverpool that the Titanic set off on her fateful maiden voyage and the story is told in a permanent exhibition that also explores the fate of  Lusitania and Ireland Empress both of which has strong links with the city.   You will also find lovely maritime art;  Seized!, the national museum of the UK Border Agency ‘s contraband display; and a themed Sea Urchins play area for kids.

There’s also the customary cafe and shop – which are a bit unremarkable, but do the job.


Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges


Services and Facilities

Collection, exhibitions, library, events, cafe, restaurant, picnic area, shop


Fully wheelchair accessible