Museum of Liverpool reopens its doors

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The Museum of Liverpool is reopening today after two months of essential repairs and maintenance work.

Ongoing issues with the internal roof and ceiling structure of the museum forced officials to shut the facility at the end of last year.

A spokesperson for Liverpool Museum said: “The closure is to ensure the safety and security of both the collections and our visitors, while internal works take place.”

The Queen opened the museum, which cost around £72 million to construct, in 2011. It has been visited by around four million people since then and is now home to around 6,000 exhibits.

However, in 2013 National Museums Liverpool was granted £2.4m after the High Court decided that the original builders and contractors, AEW Architects, were at fault for problems with both the design and construction of the building.

This has also caused further problems including the roof and terrace being out of bounds for visitors ever since its doors opened.

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Although the museum will now reopen for visitors, external work will continue, focused on repairing the terraces and stairs in the building.

The reopening comes just in time for the start of February half-term and a number of activities are planned for the family throughout the course of the week.

These include the return of the daily ‘Little Liverpool’ scheme, an interactive gallery and programme for younger visitors to the museum. Other exhibits and galleries include displays on The Beatles, the history of Liverpool and the city’s vibrant and rich musical heritage.

One of the main exhibits of the reopened Museum of Liverpool will be a special ‘Reel Stories’ display, which will chart Liverpool’s role in major film productions through 40 original film posters and memorabilia.

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