Hull Maritime Museum, Kingston-upon-Hull

The Hull Maritime Museum is a museum in Kingston upon Hull, England, that explores the seafaring heritage of the city and its environs. The museum's stated mission is "To preserve and make available the maritime history of Hull and east Yorkshire through artefacts and documents".History and siteThe museum, originally known as the Museum of Fisheries and Shipping, opened in 1912 in Pickering Park. It moved to its current location, the Dock Offices building, in 1974. The Dock Offices building is so-named as it is the former headquarters of the Hull Dock Company, which operated all docks in Hull until 1893. Built in 1872, it is a Grade II* listed building and a striking example of Victorian architecture. The building stands in Queen Victoria Square, opposite the Queen's Gardens, in Hull's city centre. Hull City Council currently operates and maintains the museum.Exhibits and collectionsThe period of time covered by the exhibits extends back to the Bronze Age and through the Middle Ages, but the museum primarily concerns itself with Hull's maritime history from the 19th century onward. The museum's exhibits are arranged along the following primary themes:Arctic whaling heritageThe museum dedicates an entire gallery to Hull's whaling industry, which peaked in the early 19th century. Dozens of vessels ventured into the Arctic waters (particularly those around Greenland) during this period, and the gallery's collection of personal effects, shipboard items, models, and artwork (including the largest collection of scrimshaw in Europe).
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  • Got into Hull early for a dental appointment. What to do? Ferens Art Gallery on my right as I left the car park so decided to look at the Turner prize entries. It was shut in preparation for the award...  more »
  • Came here to see the Shackleton exhibition. It was excellent. The bravery of the men on that journey to the Antartic was breathtaking. Their courage as was shown in the amazing photographs was unbelie...  more »
  • We went to the museum yesterday, not been for a long time and I can tell you it was as good as ever, even better with the Shackleton exhibition on right now. The staff are the best I have experienced ...  more »
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  • I've loved coming here since i was a child. Building beautiful, interesting exhibits all for free. It just needs a spruce up.
  • Well ran and informative, nice walk through history. Hopefully they can live without anymore whale hunting
  • A summary of all the fishing history of the area! Such a nice place! Boat reproduction, pictures, fishing tools, etc. etc.
  • This is a must - visit site. Hull has a long Maritime history and this museum is a treasure house of exhibits of all sorts. Admission is free so try it - you won't be disappointed!
  • Interesting museum in a beautiful building. Whaling part opened my eyes.
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