Museum attracts 2 million visitors

Museum of Liverpool with a boat in front

The Museum of Liverpool has welcomed a staggering two million visitors since opening less than two years ago.

Its popularity among local visitors and those from further afield has shown no sign of fading since throwing open its doors in July 2011.

Smashing all targets for visitor numbers, the Museum is now the most visited in the country outside of London and has won accolades at home and abroad.

Most recently, more than 23,000 people descended on the Museum over the course of the May Bank Holiday weekend, which kick-started Liverpool’s On the Waterfront programme of events with the 70th anniversary commemorations of The Battle of the Atlantic.

Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool said: “To have reached two million visitors in a relatively short period of time is amazing. For a city with a population of fewer than 500,000 people, this is incredible. Research shows that many people have made repeat visits to the Museum, and we’re still continuing to attract national and international visitors, so the Museum is clearly making a significant contribution to the local economy.”

Within the first year of opening the Museum attracted 1.2 million visitors, exceeding the initial 750,000 visitor target by 60%.

Recent exhibitions and displays included Roger McGough’s Liverpool Doors, a collection of artwork by Liverpool-born novelist Beryl Bainbridge, one of Lily Savage’s dresses and a body sculpture of Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE.

Latest installations include works marking the anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, and a sculpture by Joan Miro, which the Museum will display for a year after being awarded the European Museum prize for 2013 by the Council of Europe.

In March the Museum also opened a brand new theatre which shows a specially commissioned 20-minute film interpretation of Liverpool’s global position in history.

David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool said: “The visitor figures are astonishing and it’s clear that people are not just visiting once, they are returning time and time again. There is an appetite for culture and social history in this city. The challenge for us is to keep offering new and exciting things during a time of funding cuts.

“The Museum isn’t just a physical building. It’s a place for human rights, social action and is even contributing to the national health agenda. The House of Memories dementia awareness programme (based at the Museum) has also been a tremendous success. More than 3,000 carers have received training to help make lives better for dementia sufferers across the region and farther afield.”