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Located in the Victoria Building, reputedly the building that gave the world the term ‘red-brick’ in relation to universities, the Victoria Gallery and Museum showcases material from the University of Liverpool’s collections.

With a staggering breadth and depth of exhibits, the Victoria Gallery and Museum exhibits material covering a spectrum of subjects including dentistry, archaeology, zoology, engineering and oceanography.

Exhibits range from skeletons and fossils to a wide collection of fine art, ceramics and sculpture, including works by Turner, Epstein and Lucien Freud. Perhaps the most interesting is the Audubon collection – original paintings of birdlife by one of history’s most significant artists.

The gallery and museum divides its spaces between permanent and temporary collections. Guided tours of the stunning building are available on Tuesday and Thursday (booking is required) and there’s a cafe serving a light yet innovative menu in the stunning atrium – all gleaming high Victorian tiles, sandstone fireplace and a whopper of an oak staircase, meaning it’s one of the most beautiful places to enjoy a brew in the whole of Liverpool.