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Cold and Lifeless
Merseyside Maritime Museum (Liverpool)
Member Name: willtheman
Merseyside Maritime Museum (Liverpool)
Advantages: Good maritime area, free, masks
Disadvantages: Parking fee, hard to find, slavery area huge disspoinement, over-priced gift shop
Going with my archaeology groupd we decided to visit the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool which is in the Maritime Museum. As such we also got a quick peek into the Titanica and Customs gallery-more about those later.
Its located in Albert Dock-easy enough to find. Also here is the Beatles Experience and the Duckmarine. The first problem in parking-there's a lot of it but its always full and you have to pay-although the museum is free so you can forgive.
Secodnly, we knwo had to findit-there were no signs telling where you where it was. We spent a good 20 minutes before finding it. It is actually a pretty impressive(and very nice) bulding on the dock. In front of it is a short section of railway track-whether it runs at all or not I don't knwo but it certainly wasn't running the day we went and there were no trains about.
We then entered into a large foyer.
The first port of call(pardon the pun) was the International Slavery Museum which can accessed bya lift.
There are three galleries here -all about the slave trade.
The very first one is on the lives before they became slaves-this was my favourite-it had a great collection of masks in a variety of colours as well as some very nice weaponry.
However, in my own opinion the gallery is spoilt by a re-cretion of a village-made like c hilds toy making it plastic, cold and less which culd be said about the rest of the exhibition-but it was glaringly obvious here.
Next is a bit all about the slave trade-which is the smallest gallery-hmm...
There is a superb 'little' model of the plantaion complete with workers and buildings.
The main thing here are interactive exhibits-which are great however here they were nothing but a gimmiakc-just a plain game which tells you nothing interesting at all.
The final gallery is the biggest and in my own opinion the worst.
It talks about the slaves lives after slavery-which is fairly intersting. The next bit however is all about the racism slavery cuased-worthy stuff but dull. Do we really need to be reminded about these sometimes horrible incidents? No. Personally I feel there is no point in this gallery and many people were yawning at it. As well as that some exhibits deemed as racist were not -just because the adverts don't contain white people doesn't mean there racist-is the Halifax advert racist?
we had a quick peek at the Maritime Museum-mainly the Titanic which was very intersting-and is home to an absolutely spectaculaur model of the Tiatnic as well as the original bell from it. This was like the slavery museum interatice-however it had character and life and you did actually find out something from it.
we also very quickly looked in Customs-which was very interesting but we were running out of time so only got to look at some of it.
As I mentioned before it is fully accesible to the disbaled and wheelchairs.
There is a shop on the ground floor-which had some nice stuff but to be honest was a bit of a rip-off(aren't they all).
There are also plenty of toilets which are clean.
I found the maritime area of the museum to be very intersting and informative and if I went back I would only visit this bit again.
The slavery museum was cold and lifeless-although some exhibits were intersting some were rubbish and text was kept aat a bare minmum and I only from it. The only good point on the slavery area are the maks and that it is free as is the maritime museum.
I would recommend half and hour to an hour for the slavery bit and two hours or more for the maritime museum.
Thank you for reading and please comment,
Summary: Don'y visit the slavery area
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