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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  • Nice enjoyable museum to look round with lots of interesting exhibits. I saw they are going to do a refit which should make i5 even better  more »
  • A day out to all of the museums in Hull. This has free entry and a lot of information. There's a dressing up section for children and a small gift shop. Lots of things to see and read.  more »
  • Small but interesting, with a section dedicated to whaling fishing that will delight Moby lovers. Beautiful models and full of tributes to local fishermen and merchant seafarers. Little military paraphernalia, it is dedicated to the civilian navy
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  • Lots of interesting information throughout, especially the history of whaling. The building is full of artefacts. A particularly poignant cabinet holds the memorial book of lives lost at sea. There is a small area where children can dress up. Overall a very well run museum
  • A great place to learn the maritime history of hull and presented in a very attractive ways.. miniature ships are elegant. Above all... Entrance is free...
  • Remarkably good museum, packed with model ships and general maritime kit. A really interesting place. I was amazed at how good this is, having just come over from the appalling art gallery over the road. Very impressed.
  • one of the places you must visit while you are in Hull. It is located just within the city centre. and situated in a very nice building. Free entry and it’s pack of information about the maritime history. Definitely recommended for everyone.
  • Visited with 4&8 year old and whilst there is a lot here, not much was interactive and they weren’t that interested.  If you’re into maritime history it’s worth a visit. If not, it’s worth a quick look round as it’s in the centre of the city anyway.
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