The Customs & Excise Museum at Merseyside Maritime Museum closed Sunday 2 December 2007 to make way for a new gallery linked to the Government’s new HM Revenue & Customs department.
Seized: Revenue & Customs Uncovered, opening in May 2008 at Merseyside Maritime Museum, will be the national museum of HM Revenue & Customs. The only one in Britain, it will draw on contraband seizures and other archive material from all over the country.
The Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise merged in 2005 to form HM Revenue & Customs.
The Customs & Excise Museum, on the Maritime Museum’s ground floor, opened in 1994, to tell the story of how the Customs & Excise developed over more than 300 years, how it operated and its modern role.
National Museums Liverpool hold large collections of material seized over the centuries. Current attractions – such as the popular Rummage search section, CITES endangered species and smuggled weapons – will again appear in the new gallery but brought up-to-date.
Seized: Revenue & Customs Uncovered will occupy most of the museum’s basement. It will feature new attractions including interactives and never-before-seen exhibits.