Record visitor figures for NML

Rachael Tinniswood

National Museums Liverpool has attracted its highest ever number of visitors this summer.

July 2008 saw 360,000 visitors walk through the doors of the seven free museums and galleries, while another 370,000 visited NML in August. The two-month period saw the venues visited by more people than in the whole of 2000-2001.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum, which share a building, had more than 160,000 visitors in July alone. The World Museum Liverpool, meanwhile, notched up just under 200,000 visitors.

The Superlambananas also proved popular, with an extra 50,000 people visiting World Museum Liverpool to see Monument to the Superlambanana, and 27,000 seeing Superfive-a-daybanana at the Walker.

Phil Redmond, chairman of National Museums Liverpool, said: "These figures underline how fantastic our museums and galleries are. The exhibitions and permanent collections are a constant source of wonder, inspiration, entertainment and education.

"We will build on these figures as we move into 2009 and beyond. We are confident the Museum of Liverpool currently being built on the waterfront will send these figures into overdrive when it opens in two years time."

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