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What to expect

  • Discover the eclectic history of British rock and pop music in the iconic Liverpool Cunard Building.
  • The British Music Experience Liverpool features over 600 artefacts including costumes, instruments, memorabilia and exclusive footage and photographs from the biggest names in UK music.
  • With hologram performances, audio experiences and interactive studios where you can test out your own music and dance abilities, this Liverpool music museum is an experience like no other that will leave the little ones truly inspired.

Take a musical journey back through Britain’s rock and pop history at this Liverpool music museum and dive into the ultimate collection of all things British pop culture.

Based in Liverpool’s Cunard Building, the British Music Experience boasts unparalleled collections of music memorabilia from the biggest artists in British history, featuring pop and rock icons from 1945 to the present day. Discover stage outfits worn by the legendary David Bowie and pop princesses the Spice Girls, instruments played by the likes of Noel Gallagher and The Beatles, original Brits statues and even handwritten song lyrics by the queen of the ballad, Adele. You and your budding young musicians will be dazzled by the expansive costume collections, tracing British fashion back through its wackiest times, will revel at the array of sacred musical instruments played by the most famous hands, and get a glimpse into secrets of the industry through the BME’s unique image and video collections.

Gibson studio at the British Music Experience.

The British Music Experience also features an awesome interactive zone, where you can learn and play a whole host of instruments and vocal songs. Inside the Gibson Interactive Studio you’ll find a huge range of their iconic guitars, which you can play along to video lessons no matter your age or ability. If you’re more of a mover, the Dance the Decades experience also offers virtual dance lessons featuring 12 iconic styles from the BME’s 70-year span, which you can learn yourself in their spacious studios. Don’t miss the vocal booths too to get singing along and channel your inner X Factor star, and be sure to film all of your performances using their handy phone holder devices!

For more Liverpool exhibitions and tours, why not take a visit to the famous Anfield Stadium.

What to know before you go

  • We recommend you allow at least 75 minutes for your visit to the BME.
  • Buggies and prams are welcome inside the museum.
  • The BME has an accessible entrance on Brunswick Street and the museum spaces are fully accessible. There are rest points located throughout.
  • Audio-described guides, printed guides and integrated loop systems are all available at the museum. Assistance dogs are welcome.
  • There are toilets on site and an accessible toilet next to the Star Cafe.
  • BME has their own café on site as well as plenty of places to eat nearby. Off of the main road you will find Oh Me Oh My for afternoon tea, Mowgli Street Food, Caffe Nero, Bacaro Italian and many more.

Getting there

  • The British Music Experience is located in the Cunard Building on the Liverpool Waterfront. The main entrance is opposite the Mersey Ferry terminal.
  • If travelling by car, follow signs to the Waterfront and yellow AA signs to the British Music Experience. There is limited on-street parking, but there are a range of car parks across the Waterfront which are part of the Q-Park discount scheme.
  • Train stations Liverpool Lime Street, James Street and Moorfields are all connected to the museum via buses to the Liverpool ONE stop, adjacent to the Waterfront.
  • You can also take the boat to Mersey Ferry terminal, just opposite the Cunard Building.

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