Hull Maritime Museum

A photo of a large museum building in a busy city centre

Founded in 1912 the Maritime Museum moved to the old Dock Offices in 1974. The Dock Offices were formerly the home of the Hull Dock Company until 1893, when North Eastern Railway took over the running of the docks.

The shareholders' Court Room, now used for temporary exhibitions, is a highly decorated piece of Victorian architecture. The room has a frieze of cherubs displaying the coats of arms of the European cities that Hull traded with.

Hull dominated the Arctic whaling trade in the early nineteenth century and there is an outstanding collection of whaling artefacts. This includes skeletons of the whales themselves, the tools and weapons, as well as 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 museum also tells the story of the city's involvement in fishing, initially in the North Sea and then out to Norway, Iceland and Greenland, with models ranging from small cobles and smacks to the huge modern stern trawlers. From the Middle Ages the core of Hull's trade was with the Baltic and Scandinavia. The Wilson Line, founded in 1831, began trading by importing iron ore from Sweden but by 1903 was the biggest privately-owned shipping company in the world.

The transition from sail to steam is exemplified by models and decorative arts (glass, pottery and silver). Throughout there are examples of the paintings by outstanding local marine artists such as John Ward and Henry Redmore.

Part of the Designated Collections of national importance relating to the city and region of Kingston upon Hull are on display here.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat : 10.00-17.00
Sun: 13.30-16.30
Last admission 15 minutes before closing

Admission charges

FREE

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The Little Mermaid film poster

Maritime Museum goes to the Movies - The Little Mermaid

  • 22 October 2017 1-3pm *on now

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.

The screening will be accompanied by free craft activities in the education room at the Maritime Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £2
Children £1

Website

http://www.humbermuseums.com/upcoming-events-exhibitions/

Leviathan film poster

Maritime Museum goes to the Movies - Leviathan

  • 23 October 2017 7-9pm

From the directors of Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts, Leviathan is a thrilling, immersive documentary that takes you deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast-the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick- the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail. Employing an arsenal of cameras that pass freely from film crew to ship crew, and swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views, Leviathan is unlike anything you have ever seen; a purely visceral, cinematic experience.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £2

Website

http://www.humbermuseums.com/upcoming-events-exhibitions/

Black and white photograph showing ships in St Andrews Dock in Hull, dated c.1930s

Maritime Museum goes to the Movies

  • 24 October 2017 7-8:30pm

Tuesday night is local night at the Maritime Museum with special screenings of archive film relating to Hull’s maritime past including ‘The Port of Hull’ (1963) from the British Film Institute as well as other fascinating short films from the Yorkshire Film Archive.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free, Ticketed

Website

http://www.humbermuseums.com/upcoming-events-exhibitions/

March of the Penguins film poster

Maritime Museum goes to the Movies - March of the Penguins

  • 25 October 2017 7-8:30pm

Every year, thousands of emperor penguins make an astonishing journey to breed their young. They walk - marching day and night in single file 70 miles into the darkest, driest and coldest continent on earth. Morgan Freeman narrates this amazing, true-life tale touched with humour and alive with thrills. Breathtaking photography captures the transcendent beauty and staggering drama of devoted parent penguins who, in the fierce polar winter, take turns guarding their egg and trekking to the ocean in search of food.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £2

Website

http://www.humbermuseums.com/upcoming-events-exhibitions/

In the Heasrt of the Sea film poster

Maritime Museum goes to the Movies - In the Heart of the Sea

  • 26 October 2017 7-9pm

In 1820, crewmen (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) aboard the New England vessel Essex face a harrowing battle for survival when a whale of mammoth size and strength attacks with force, crippling their ship and leaving them adrift in the ocean. Pushed to their limits and facing storms, starvation, panic and despair, the survivors must resort to the unthinkable to stay alive. Their incredible tale ultimately inspires author Herman Melville to write "Moby-Dick.".

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £2

Website

http://www.humbermuseums.com/upcoming-events-exhibtions/

Maritime Museum goes to the Movies - Jaws

  • 27 October 2017 7-9pm

A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. Classic. That is all.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £2

Website

http://www.humbermuseums.com/upcoming-events-exhibitions/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Voyage to the Arctic: A Whaler's Tale

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=550

Looking at Hull's whaling industry, how whales were caught and processed, the products of whaling and life and work onboard a whaling ship. The resource also explores global whaling issues today.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Connect>Create 2010

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=611

Creative responses by young design students to Hull's collection of paintings illustrating the history of shipping, the romance of the sea, what it was like to be pressed into naval service, life on board a whaling ship or being ‘nipped in the ice’.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Folk Art and The Whalers

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=464

Learn about the folk art of Whaler's called Scrimshaw and how to develop research skills. Scrimshaw resulted from a creative pastime encouraged by the Captains for whalers in long periods of waiting for the whales.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Local Heroes: Hull's Trawlermen

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=549

Explore the inspiring history of Hull’s fishing industry and discover when fishing in Hull started, how Hull docks developed and what it was like to live and work within Hull's fishing community. Find out about the impact of Hull's largest maritime tragedy - the 1968 Triple Trawler Disaster.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Hull Maritime Museum
Queen Victoria Square
Hull
East Yorkshire
HU1 2AA
England

Website

www.hullcc.gov.uk/museums/maritime/index.php

Telephone

Kingston Upon Hull County Council

01482 610 610

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