Plan Your Visit


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The British Music Experience is fortunate in having large airy galleries with a natural one-way visitor journey. However, certain precautions will be taken and we have prepared some visitor safety guidelines you will need to know before visiting. We're Good to Go and have achieved the industry standard accreditation for complying with covid guidelines.


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  • Advanced bookings incur a £1 booking fee per transaction and include a complimentary interactive audio guide with each ticket (usually £3, subject to availability). 

  • Each general entry ticket to the BME is valid for 12 months. You can return as many times as you like during regular operating hours. 

  • Gift Aid: The BME will receive £0.25p for every £1 of your ticket purchase if you are a UK taxpayer and agree to gift aid your ticket. We use these funds to support the Museum and continue growing our collection.  Download your declaration and return it to us when you arrive or we will supply you with a declaration on arrival. Thank you for your support. 


During January, February and March the museum is open Wednesday to Sunday.

We are closed Monday and Tuesday. 

The museum is open 10am - 5pm

Last Entry is at 3.45pm

For full details, click book now at the top of the page and scroll through the calendar.



From time to time the Museum has a planned closure for a private hire. Always check the web site before travelling and book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

There are no planned closures at present.


We aim to ensure all of our visitors' access requirements are fully met. Click through to accessibility for more information.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.


The British Music Experience is an ideal day out for groups of all ages. While there may be restrictions in the short term due to covid, we will be happy to discuss future bookings and group pricing.

For school and travel trade rates and all group enquiries, contact


How to Find Us


The British Music Experience is based in the Cunard Building, Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront.  The main entrance is located on Canada Boulevard, on the river side of the building, opposite the Mersey Ferry terminal. For visitors with special mobility requirements, we have an accessible entrance at the side of the building on Brunswick Street.  Please ask staff at our main entrance and they will be happy to assist.

Public Transport 

Multiple train providers have services to Liverpool Lime Street including Avanti, London Midland, TransPennine Express, Northern Rail and London Northwestern Railway.  Merseyrail's James Street and Moorfields stations are the nearest stations. 


All buses into Liverpool drop-off at the Liverpool ONE bus station adjacent to the Albert Dock on the Liverpool Waterfront.


The Cunard Building is directly opposite the Mersey Ferry terminal.



Follow signs to the Waterfront, Albert Dock and Mersey Ferries. Access to the Cunard Building is via Brunswick Street only.  There is limited on-street metered parking (£6 for up to four hours) along both sides and at the front of the building.  There are six disabled bays on Brunswick Street and one on Water Street.


There are a range of car parks across the Waterfront. For more information on car parking click here. Why not use Q-Park and receive 10% discount on all parking products! When pre-booking your car parking, just quote LIVBME. Click here to book.

Coach Parking

A short-stay coach drop-off point is available for pre-booked groups outside our main entrance on Canada Boulevard. Longer stay coach parking is available across Liverpool and there is a dedicated coach park at Kings Dock.

For more information on coach parking in Liverpool, please visit the Liverpool Travel Trade website.


Should I book in advance?

Advance booking will guarantee entry at your desired time and we will also provide a free audio-guide (when available). You may book online or by phone up to half an hour before your desired entry time. We operate to time-slots every 15 minutes. Please arrive promptly for your time-slot. Book online or by phone on 0151 519 0915 (phoneline staffed when the musum is open).

How long is the exhibition on for?

The British Music Experience is a permanent national attraction. We are delighted to be based in Liverpool, a UNESCO City of Music.

How long will it take me to go round the British Music Experience?

We recommend that you allow at least 75 minutes for your visit. Our audio-guide lasts 60 minutes and the exhibition features many interactive areas in which visitors are encouraged to participate. There is also the Gibson Interactive Studio which gives visitors the chance to play a range of professional musical instruments. A map of the BME will be available on arrival.

What time is last entry?

Last entry is 75 minutes before closing.

Do you have a gift shop and cafe?

Yes, our Merch Store and Star Cafe are open during museum opening hours and you don't need a general entry ticket to use them. Our Merch Store sells a range of band t-shirts, books, vinyl and memorabilia, with items from all our temporary exhibitions past and present, including Frankie Says 1984!, Bands FC, Dorothy, OMD, Microdot and The Charlatans. Our Star Cafe is open to sit inside or outside and sells Illy coffee and a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks. It is also licensed to serve alcohol.

I have general entry tickets booked through your website, but couldn't visit due to national restrictions – what can I do?

All tickets purchased for visits during periods of national restriction will remain valid until 31 December 2021. When you are ready to visit, please show your original email at our ticketing desk - you don't need to book another timeslot online.

I visited before lockdown and my annual ticket was valid for a year from first entry – will this be extended to compensate for the time you were closed?

All valid annual tickets will be extended until 31 December 2021.

It says you have to pre-book because places are limited, but I already have a ticket/voucher – what should I do?

Don't worry, we have allocated a number of places per time slot for our returning guests/guests with pre-booked vouchers so you don't have to pre-book. Come back and visit us when you feel ready. As time slots are every 15 minutes, you shouldn't have to wait too long before you can enter.

My Virgin Experience Days Voucher expired whilst you were closed - what can I do?

Virgin Experience Days are allowing customers to extend their vouchers free of charge for 6 months via their website. All you need to do is visit the link below and you will be given new voucher details to use when you wish to visit