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“Be Nice When It is Finished......”

Western Approaches - Liverpool War Museum
Ranked #68 of 208 things to do in Liverpool
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A hidden gem in the center of the city also know as the Liverpool War Museum. This was the underground command center for the Navy, Air Force and Marines tracking Atlantic enemy submarine and convoy shipping during World War II. Offering fascinating and authentic military insight, little has been altered in this 70-year-old subterranean control bunker. Check in advance for opening times.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Be Nice When It is Finished......”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

I have put off going to this 'Museum' for over ten years, as past photographs of it made it appear half finished, with only paper maps hanging on the walls for instance instead of the real battleboards. So yesterday we finally went. Deprived of £16 entry fee, and no tickets ( as several other people have commented!) we went down some original steps into the basement. There was little or no information on the walls, still, as to what everything was. Some rooms were still half finished, and or contained inexplicable items like the Anderson Shelter. The lack of labels or explanations on several items was inexplicable. I began to act as unpaid tour guide to my family, as I am a WW2 buff, but even I couldn't understand a lot of it. A real guide or maybe some text on cards would have really helped. also as I had paid an exhorbitant entry fee, I shouldn't have had to act as my own guide. The pile of broken gas masks and helmets in the 'classroom' was really bad. The items had been handled so often they were all broken and missing vital parts. I knew what they were, but once again they were unlabelled. The main war room was better decorated than before, but didn't resemble the photographs displayed on the walls, so how could it be a reconstuction ? The Beatle wigs on the military figures were surreal.
If this place received proper funding and was taken over by Mersey Museums it would be a real tribute to those who served in WW2. at present it is very dissapointing.

Visited May 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Atmospheric”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

This is not a high profile museum, and guessed by its location it would be low key. It has an atmosphere, you can almost feel the personnel running around organising the battle of the Atlantic. No modern displays, touch screens or interactivity - but better for it. Go to appreciate the sacrifice many people made to keep Britain supplied and give us the freedom to write a personal review. A really historic location during possibly the biggest world event in human history.

Visited May 2014
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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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“genuinely fascinating…but”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

We'd been meaning to visit this place for some time. It's a little off the beaten path but still only about 5 minutes' walk from the Pier Head. It was genuinely fascinating to see the underground complex and understand a bit more about the important role it played during WW2.

As well as the main 'command centre' there's a large warren of corridors and rooms housing the original offices, quarters, equipment rooms etc. There was a lot of original equipment, some of which you could play with so great for kids.

I feel there are several aspects that could be improved upon. As others have mentioned, there was a seating area that looked as though it was for showing a film but it wasn't working. The first exhibition space we walked through appeared to be unused and there was also a random display of an air raid shelter near the end. No explanation or attempt appeared to have been made to put it into any kind of context.

The Western Approaches will interest anyone who likes WW2 history and also anyone who enjoys a bit of underground exploration. However, I feel it could be so much more. The information needs to be better curated and put in a friendlier format. Proper context needs to be given. Whether these things haven't happened due to a lack of money or a lack of effort I'm unsure.

Visited May 2014
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“Long awaited visit”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We had both wanted to go here and we weren't disappointed...although its a bit odd having to ring the doorbell to a museum I can see why...there was only one lady in there by herself and as its off the beaten track its a sensible precaution.
Not overly friendly when we first got there...when we had walked round and come back out the lady behind the desk was very helpful and quite talkative.
You get a real sense of what it would have been like during the war in these little rooms way below the surface of war torn Liverpool....and it makes you appreciate all the work that was done to keep Britain fed during the war...the arctic convoys were our lifeline...and here it brings it home to you what went on....
This little museum is well worth a visit and well worth the £6 each that we had to pay...the only downside is that there is no souvenirs to take away with you....9/10.

Visited May 2014
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“Kind of meh”
Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

If it was free it would be awesome, but it's kinda expensive for a small attraction. For war addicts it is awesome.

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