Pop music museum to open in Liverpool’s Cunard Building

Tickets have gone on sale for the British Music Experience – the UK’s National Museum of Popular Music – which opens in Liverpool on February 11.

Originally housed for five years in the O2 in London, the new permanent home for the museum will be the first-class passenger lounge of the Cunard Building, on Liverpool’s Waterfront.

The British Music Experience is creating more than 50 jobs and hopes to attract an estimated 200,000 visitors in its first year.

The museum will feature 600 artefacts from 1945 to the present day, telling the story of pop and the wider social and political backdrop.

The collection of stage outfits, objects and instruments includes some of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust costumes and the original handwritten lyrics to Blue Monday.

Visitors will also be able to play, dance, sing and re-live the soundtrack of their lives.

Curator Kevin McManus said: “The British Music Experience is an important museum that shows the significance of music in British life in the post-war period.

“I know it is something that all music lovers will want to visit.

“It is fitting that the BME chose Liverpool to be the host city because it is a city that is rich in music history and where music seems to pervade every aspect of day to day life.

“The grand and historic Cunard Building is the perfect home for this magnificent collection.”

The museum is operated by TBL International, which also runs the Titanic Belfast.