Housed within the Victorian Dock Offices in the centre of the city, the free to enter Maritime Museum is rich with artefacts exploring Hull’s maritime activities from the late 18th century to the present day.
The nautical-themed offices flank one side of Queen Victoria Square. Divided into three main categories of whaling, fishing and the merchant trade, this characterful building is home to the stories that made Hull the city that it is today.
The comprehensive displays showcase a whole range of harpoons and tools used in the whaling trade, journals and logbooks recounting the tales of the sea and contemporary paintings of the ships used for the voyages.
You can also discover the largest collection of scrimshaw this side of the Atlantic. A craft which sees pieces of whalebone, walrus tusks and sperm whale teeth beautifully decorated by whalers in their spare time either aboard the ship at sea or whilst at home on land.
And if all of that wasn’t enough, the Maritime Museum is also home to a full-sized whale skeleton and some superb ship models which will spark the imagination about life on the waves.
To round off your visit, why not stop off at the gift shop where there is a wide selection of maritime gifts available. Whether you’re looking for children's toys, books on the topics of local history and maritime, or a nautical themed gift for the more discerning customer, there’s something for everyone in your party.