Five Days Out For A Fiver: Day 1 – Museum of Liverpool

Money spent: £2.00

Fun had:  ✰✰✰

Day 1 of the Five Days Out For A Fiver challenge didn’t start of well when I looked out and faced the prospect of rain and had to quickly re-plan the outdoorsy thing I’d hoped to do. We decided instead to head for the brand spanking new Museum of Liverpool, which graces the waterfront in a whopper of a building.

We liked little corners of the Museum of Liverpool and found others a bit, to quote my daughter, “Meh.”  There were little delights, like a video showing days out on the ferry to New Brighton with über-glam 50s couples enjoying the beach and the lido and then other large spaces where there seemed to be a hotch-potch of loosely associated items, such as the LION locomotive and some atrifacts from the docks and dockmasters of yore in The Great Port.

A couple of the interactive displays were reminiscent of the self-serve tills in Tesco in that they seemed to have a mind of their own.

The place seemed to get more interesting with each floor we climbed and the doors project on the second floor was particularly engaging.  But the best bits are saved for the top of the 84-step spiral staircase in A Wonderous Place, a brilliant showcase of Liverpool’s writers, performers, musicians, artists, comedians and sports people.

There was a huge comic strip showing a derby match and the final frame was viewable through either red or blue 3D glasses, depending on your club affinity.  Strangely, the blue glasses were nowhere to be seen and so Liverpool won the game!

There was a rather unnerving skeleton of Ambush II, the winner of the 1900 Grand National winner next to the Balenciaga dress worn by Colleen Rooney to the 2009 National that left us waltzing off quickly to the music section.  This was great stuff, with loads to reminisce about from the Beatles heyday to the Wombats via Frankie, the Teardrop explodes and The La’s.

There’s a massive karaoke room where you can go and make your own music, but a family had taken it over for at least half an hour while we waited and showed no sign of leaving.  They may still be there now.

We were ushered into a round theatre where a film about The Beatles was shown in front of the actual stage where Lennon and McCartney first met.  With clips from the Beatles themselves, it was both new and touching.

One thing I must say is how great the staff at the museum were; filled with equal measures of knowledge and enthusiasm.

The day ended with a lovely little quote from John Lennon.  Or it might have been Paul McCartney

You can take the boy out of Liverpool, but you can’t take Liverpool out of the boy.

We gladly left the suggested £2.oo donation as we left.

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/

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