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Step inside Hull’s oldest museum and discover hidden stories from the struggle against slavery

Wilberforce House was the birthplace of William Wilberforce, Hull’s famous anti-slavery campaigner. Now a historic museum, our galleries expose the realities of the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies.

Discover journals and artefacts that once belonged to William Wilberforce. Explore important items linked to slavery and abolition. And get a fascinating glimpse into the rich tapestry of West African culture.

Due to their subject matter, some of the galleries upstairs contain images and content that may be particularly distressing for some people or inappropriate for younger audiences.  This is primarily on the first floor galleries within the main house.

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Stories from Wilberforce House

Uncover the rich history of Wilberforce House and its most famous resident.

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Virtual visit

Take a trip through our virtual visit of Wilberforce House Museum. See inside the museum, explore the galleries and discover stories from the history of slavery and abolition

Wilberforce House Museum

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday, 10am–4.30pm
Sunday, 11am–4pm

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.

We open on bank holidays except Good Friday.

We’re also closed 24–28 December and 1 January.

Free admission

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Wilberforce House
23-25 High Street


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Help us tell the unique story of Hull and its heritage. Your generous support could help save and interpret significant museum artefacts. With your support we can fund new acquisitions and undertake critical conservation work. As well as increase access.

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