Hull Maritime Museum

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Hull Maritime Museum
Queen Victoria Square
Hull HU1 3DX

Opening Times:

Monday - Wednesday 10am - 5pm

Thursday - 10am - 7:30pm

Friday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Sunday - 11 am - 4.30pm

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Hull dominated the Arctic whaling trade in the early nineteenth century and Hull Maritime Museum boasts an outstanding collection of whaling artefacts, including skeletons of whales themselves, tools and weapons, plus, personalia, journals and logbooks. There are fine contemporary paintings of the ships and the largest collection of scrimshaw (the folk art of the whaler) on this side of the Atlantic.


The story is told of the city's involvement in fishing, initially in the North Sea and then out to Norway, Iceland and Greenland, with models ranging from cobles and smacks to the huge modern stern trawlers. The transition from sail to steam is exemplified by models, decorative arts (glass, pottery and silver). There are also examples throughout the museum of paintings by outstanding local marine artists, including John Ward and Henry Redmore.

Contact Details:
Telephone 01482 300 300

Learning Programmes:

- Local Heroes: Hull's Trawlermen

- The Triple Trawler Disaster: Causes, Consequences, Campaign

- Voyage to the Arctic: A Whaler's Tale

- The Tudors: Age of Discovery

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