At Merseyside Maritime Museum you can explore the history of the great port of Liverpool, with four floors of galleries: Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered; the Emigration gallery; Liverpool: World Gateway; the Titanic, Lusitania and Empress of Ireland gallery; the Battle of the Atlantic; the Art and the Sea Gallery; and the temporary exhibition space.
Their galleries reveal some of the unique seizures used for criminal activity. Discover how wooden carvings were used to conceal 21kg of cocaine. Or explore how the trade in endangered birds crosses Europe to conclude in a small farm in North Yorkshire. Their objects also tell stories of how officers did their job. Below see some of our gallery highlights, as well as some of the collections which are not currently on display.
Free tours of Liverpool's revolutionary Old Dock - the world's first commercial enclosed wet dock - are now available and can be booked from Merseyside Maritime Museum.
The internationally-important Old Dock has been carefully preserved under Liverpool One. For the first time in centuries the bed of the Pool - the creek that gave Liverpool its name - can be seen.
The Old Dock was discovered during excavations in 2001 after being buried since 1826. Developers Grosvenor preserved the dock and have made it publicly accessible as an important reminder of Liverpool's historic status.
The museum also includes the 2010 Michelin Guide-listed Maritime Dining Rooms, a café, shop and lecture theatre.