Top 10 cultural things to do in Liverpool

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Modern art and pop heritage, ancient artefacts and seafaring history – Liverpool overflows with culture. Explore the city and discover its highlights with this guide to cultural Liverpool.

Globe-trotting at World Museum Liverpool

The neo-classical World Museum building houses collections drawn from around the globe. Interactive displays lead visitors from the pharaohs of the Ancient Egypt Gallery through the wonders of the Natural History Centre and on to the stars at the Planetarium.

William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN

Late at Tate Liverpool

Performances and interactive displays present contemporary art in unusual ways at the regular Late at Tate events. The waterfront gallery celebrates the best of the city with special events inspired by cutting- edge art from its collections and exhibitions.

Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB

The newest media at FACT

Watch an art-house or mainstream film on one of the four screens at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool’s landmark multimedia complex. The dramatic four-storey foyer fans out to galleries dedicated to video installations and new media artworks and there’s a bar to unwind in.

88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ

World Gateway Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

The World Gateway Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum highlights Liverpool's 200-year history as one of the world’s busiest seaports. Model ships and displays on the period’s leading shipping companies give a flavour of the city’s ocean-going past. Within the museum, the International Slavery Museum highlights the historic and contemporary importance of this horrific trade, in which the port of Liverpool played a major role.

Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ

Victorian art at the Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery’s world-class collections include important Victorian works. The Pre-Raphaelites are well represented and one of the gallery’s most popular pieces, When Did You Last See Your Father? by William Frederick Yeames, always draws the crowds.

William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL

The next big thing at the Korova

Enjoy a drink in one of the booths in this cool bar before heading downstairs to the Korova’s basement to catch an intimate musical performance. The venue nurtures the best of the thriving local music scene, while also presenting established international acts.

Fleet Street, Liverpool, L1 4AR

New theatre at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse have led a theatrical renaissance on Merseyside over the decade since the two theatres came together under a single management. Watch newly commissioned plays from a programme that has generated critical acclaim and a growing audience.

Liverpool Everyman, Hope Street
Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square 

Focus on photography at the Open Eye Gallery

Engaging photographic exhibitions, films and video installations dominate the Open Eye Gallery, the North-West’s only cultural space dedicated primarily to photography. The gallery is moving to larger premises on Liverpool’s waterfront, set to open in autumn 2010. 

28-32 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4AQ 

Classical concerts at the Philharmonic Hall

The Philharmonic Hall is home to the long-established Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The hall’s formidable annual programme features 70 concerts by the orchestra, often under the direction of charismatic Russian principal conductor Vassily Petrenko. 

Hope Street 

Reveal at the National Conservation Centre

The National Conservation Centre maintains the collections of National Museums Liverpool in the best possible condition. Interactive computers at the fascinating permanent exhibition in the centre’s Reveal gallery show how conservators unravel the secrets within items, from books and paintings to ceramics and textiles. 

Whitechapel, Liverpool, L1 6HZ