LIVERPOOL.- The Museum of Liverpool
has welcomed one million visitors through its doors since opening in July 2011, just nine months ago.
The largest newly built national museum in Britain for more than a century was forecast to attract 750,000 people in its first year, but in nine months it has already well exceeded that target.
David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool said: The response has been tremendous, not only from Merseysiders but from visitors to the city from all over the globe.
The people who live in and around Liverpool have always known its a very special city, and now the Museum of Liverpool is the must-visit place to discover and celebrate the citys history and culture. A lot of local people want to show off the Museum to visitors to the city.
Celebrating the milestone, David Fleming was joined by Director of the Museum of Liverpool Janet Dugdale and pupils from Bishop Martin School to mark the achievement with a football themed photo.
Janet said: One million people is hard to picture, but to put it into perspective, thats 90,000 Liverpool and Chelsea fans going to Wembley for 11 FA Cup Finals! We could fill Anfield 22 times and Goodison Park 25 times with the number of people weve had through our doors and thats a massive achievement. Its an emotional place, and the level of visitors just goes to show that the Museum has a real resonance with people.
Chairman of National Museums Liverpool Phil Redmond said: "I think the Museum of Liverpool is simply the best city museum in the world, and Merseysiders can be very proud of what we have all created.
The Museum of Liverpools first opening week remains its busiest, attracting 77,667 people after the Peoples Opening led by six year old Finn OHare on 19 July 2011. School holidays have been popular times, with nearly 60,000 people visiting during the two-week Easter period, and the latest city event, the Giant Spectacular Sea Odyssey, led over 22,000 people to the Museum throughout Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are the most celebrated visitors to the Museum, opening it officially on 1 December 2012. Other famous names have included Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Ken Dodd and Yoko Ono, who likes it so much that she has already visited twice.
The Museum has also played host to some high profile events, as one of the newest venues in the city, with some of the best and most spectacular views over the Pier Head and Albert Dock. Former Liverpool player Dietmar Didi Hamann chose to launch his book at the Museum of Liverpool, and TV soap Hollyoaks has even used it as a location for one of its recent storylines.
The Museum of Liverpool features four main galleries looking at the development of the Port of Liverpool, its global links, the citys creativity and sporting history, and its people. There are a number of smaller galleries and exhibition areas including the Liverpool Overhead Railway gallery, displaying the last surviving carriage from the railway, which visitors can climb onboard. The Museum also has a dedicated childrens gallery for ages six and under.
With more than 70 films, interactive touch screens, multimedia stations and hands on activities, theres also two 360 degree immersive films focused on The Beatles, and Liverpools relationship with football.
Awesome, will visit again and again. I moved here 5 years ago and wont be moving again. I love Liverpool! - Liverpool
Made a 60 year old Scouser realise what a great city this is!! - Liverpool
Hi Im from America (California) your exhibitions are cool I would love to come and visit again.
Excellent it made me want to be a Liverpudlian! A Lincolnshire lass.
The most moving museum I have ever visited. The beauty, joy, sadness and humour of ordinary people. Quite brilliant. And thanks for making it free and accessible to everyone at a time when arts and museum budgets are being slashed. Midlothian.
Brilliant museum best in Northern hemisphere! - Australia
A glorious ode to this wondrous city. History, beauty, fun. Marvellous stuff. - Belgium
If I lived or was born here I would be very proud of the museum and even more proud to be Liverpudlian. - Newcastle