Situated just a short walk from Hull train station, in the city’s charming Museum Quarter, the Streetlife Museum of Transport narrates 200 years of automotive and aeronautic history. The collection itself originated almost 100 years ago, in Hull’s first transport gallery, but it can now be seen in the purpose-built museum that opened in 1989. Equipped with five interactive galleries, this treasure trove honours all means of transport, from trikes to trains and trams. The whole family can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of historic East Yorkshire, as the past is brought to life in the reconstructed 1930s street and railway line.


Jump on board in the carriage gallery

The bumpy horse-drawn coach ride from Hull to York is recreated as a fun simulation, where you can really get a sense (or maybe just the scent) of the late nineteenth century as you step out into the stables. The carriage gallery is known to be one of Britain’s finest collections of publicly owned carriages.


Pedal down to the bicycle collection

Discover the history of the bicycle and its remarkable links with Hull and East Yorkshire. Spot the rare 1818 Hobby Horse amongst the rare curation of antique rides. Meanwhile, the Chopper and Budgie bikes are enough to bring on a strong hint of childhood nostalgia.


Attend the 1900 motor show and visit the railway gallery

With its unusual vintage vehicles and veteran engines dating as far back as 1897, the early twentieth century motor car gallery will get all the petrol heads revving. Travel back in time as you climb aboard some of the original trams and buses of Hull, and enjoy having all the control in the railway signal box that was rebuilt brick-by-brick after being moved from its native location in Cottingham.


Honour a local hero

Famous for his flour milling career, Joseph Rank is now memorialised at the museum. Hull born, Rank was the founder of the UK’s biggest food production and flour milling business before his premises were obliterated in a WWII bombing raid. The gallery celebrates his life and career with a demonstration on how roller milling yields flour.


Go shopping in the thirties

The bustling 1930s street scene is home to a range of reconstructed businesses, including a cycle shop, chemist and Co-op. Spy the old-fashioned ointments and concoctions, such as blood purifiers and victory lozenges, in the pharmacy that will make you thankful for being born in more modern times. Don’t forget your dividend card when you stock up on essentials in the retro-style Co-operative branch. 


Admission is free for all at the Streetlife Museum, and with a small gift shop and café located opposite the trip can be turned into a delightful day out for all ages. The Streetlife Museum of Transport is open all year round, except Christmas, from 10am until 5pm Monday to Saturday and 1:30pm until 4:30pm on Sunday.


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