Set sail through 800 years of maritime history and discover never-before-told stories of the sea!
Opened in 1871 as Hull’s Dock Offices, this iconic building has seen many ships sail past its windows. We’ve also welcomed many people through the doors since opening as a museum in 1975.
Now, an ambitious restoration project will breathe new life into the museum. Reopening in 2025, expect an exciting array of exhibits, from ship models to maritime art to a 40-foot whale skeleton!
Restoring Hull’s maritime history
The museum refurbishment is part of the Hull Maritime project, an ambitious plan to restore and reconnect Hull’s incredible maritime history, architecture and collections. Find out more about the plans for the Maritime Museum and how you can get involved on the project website.
The museum highlights Hull’s role as a modern maritime city. And explores the history of merchant shipping, fishing and whaling
in the region and beyond.
In 2017, Hull Maritime Museum welcomed a record number of visitors during Hull City of Culture. Now, the newly restored museum will reaffirm our position at the centre of a worldwide story. And inspire future generations around our rich heritage and modern industry.
The restoration will highlight the quality of the original architecture while modernising the museum and opening up more of our collections to the public.
Hull Maritime Guided Tours
Explore the maritime heritage of the city centre with our White Badge accredited volunteers.
Discover 800 years of maritime heritage through the buildings, stories and people of Kingston upon Hull.