Streetlife Museum of Transport

Streetlife Museum and museum gardens
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In the early 1980s, an idea was conceived to build a new transport museum in response to the serious overcrowding and lack of interpretation in the original museum, which was first opened in 1925 by Hull’s first Curator, Thomas Sheppard.

In 1987 work began on the first of five phases to build the Streetlife Museum of Transport; a project that was initially funded by Hull City Council and the European Regional Development Fund. As the phases were built the Heritage Lottery Fund began to fund the construction and, in 2002, the galleries were installed and Streetlife was finally complete.

Visitors are now able to experience a first-class collection of transport exhibits, from trams to tricycles. The award-winning galleries allow visitors to sample the sights, sounds and smells of 200 years of transport history and guarantee a fun day out for families, groups, individuals and enthusiasts.

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, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 13.30-16.30
Open Bank Holidays

Closed Christmas

Admission charges


This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Collection details

Social History, Land Transport, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
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Science and Transport Car Constructor

A science resource about transport through the ages with a very good interactive where children can build and test their own transport.


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

Science Camera Action

Short, entertaining films made by pupils about friction and pulleys and levers, inspired by what they learnt through participating in science based sessions in museums.


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

Transport Explorer

Looking at transport past and present - very good interactive looking about a town with four different types of transport, cars, bicycles, trains and boats and how they work. Excellent images of historical vehicles within the interactive.


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

Streetlife Museum of Transport
Museums Quarter
High Street
East Yorkshire




01482 613902


01482 613 710

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