Hull Maritime Museum, Kingston-upon-Hull

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4.4/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
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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  • This museum is in a lovely building which is worth a view in itself. The exhibits also include a skeleton and certainly taught us (as old as we are)about the vast size of whales as well as some good h...  read more »
  • This place is well worth a visit. Content excellent, displays really well thought out. Very interesting 
  • Having a day to kill in hull i found myself here. Free entry to what turned out to be a beautifully well maintained building. Stunning in itself i spent as much time looking up at the architecture as ...  read more »
  • Very informative seafaring museum situated in magnificent surroundings outlining the historical past of the city and its people. Amongst many exhibits is the largest collection of scrimshaw in Europe. A great day out.
  • Great museum with a glorious atmosphere
  • Nice museum, it's like a maze inside
  • Very well run and looked after. Plenty of information and things to see how things used to be. I would deff recomend a walk around as i reg go with my 3 childeren.
  • It's a lovely place...great to read and see what things were like back in the day
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