Hull Maritime Museum, Kingston-upon-Hull

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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 a 'Must See For Free'... there was so much to take in educationally it really does open your eyes to what Hull really is much about within the Maritime exhibition.... Would recommend th...  more »
  • Its a good musuem and very interesting but its not really for younger children as they dont tend to appreciate it and what it stands for  more »
  • Rain or no rain outside, a very interesting and well set out Museum to explore, with many artefacts and information, on fishing, whaling, etc. And yes, all set in a beautiful building, well maintained...  more »
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  • It's a great place to visit especially when shopping with a toddler just for a bit of a break. My 17 month old loved showing me the whales. Staff are lovely and it's free (although they do accept donations big and small but no pressure at all). The gift shop is reasonably priced too!
  • A quaint but one-of-the-kind museum set in UK's cultural city. An ode to the city's whaling past, this museum is one of the unexpected gems that I've come across during my travels. This museum is located centrally in Hull and hard to miss. It has two floors packed with myriad objects- from gunny sacks used for packing flour, accurate models of maritime vessels, paintings, Whaling harpoons, a blubber pot and more interesting things. It is well curated and makes for an interesting hour or two to learn about this city's vibrant past. Don't miss it if you are visiting Hull.
  • Fascinating museum with lovely friendly staff and volunteers. Well presented exhibits and lots of details.
  • Still a great place to visit for a slice of local History. The museum has changed very little ever since I can remember, but it's offerings are interesting and varied. Plus, it's free!
  • Helpful staff and City of Culture volunteers. Some great exhibits

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