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Recognised as one of the most striking buildings in the city, Hull Maritime Museum in Queen Victoria Square will once again shine.

As part of this transformational project we will breathe new life into the Hull Maritime Museum.

Opened in 1871 as Hull’s Dock Offices, this Grade 2* listed building regularly saw ships sail past its windows in the town centre’s docks. Later, the building became the city’s Maritime Museum in 1975. The museum welcomed record visitor numbers during 2017 City of Culture, and is a popular destination for locals and visitors.

The magnificent Court Room at Hull Maritime Museum
Hull's striking Court Room

Extensive improvements will mean the museum and its collections will be in better condition, better interpreted and explained:

  • the building will be conserved to reveal the quality of its original architecture
  • conservation will secure the future of the museum
  • collections on and off display will benefit from improved environmental and storage conditions
  • the second floor will open to the public
  • new and improved education and learning programme on offer
  • improved access and visitor facilities including more toilets, a café and lifts
  • there will be access to one of the building’s domes offering for the first time superb panoramic rooftop views across the city
  • new exhibitions and displays using previously unseen material will tell over 800 years of Hull’s maritime story
  • increased digitisation of the collections
  • Hull’s role as a modern maritime city will be highlighted, drawing attention to the many thriving industries and inspiring future generations

It will give the city the world-class museum it deserves, putting Hull at the centre of a worldwide story