Hull is home to some of the UK's most intriguing and wonderful collections. This is unsurprising, given the city's rich maritime past and links with the abolition of slavery. Hull has also decided to honour the art of nightclubbing, as well as proudly displaying dinosaur skulls and a genuine example of mummification from Egypt! Here are some of our favourite, unexpected curations to find whilst you're visiting Hull.
The only dinosaur experience to be found in Yorkshire resides in Hull. The captivating curation of prehistoric treasures features the bones of a Triceratops and the skull of a T-Rex. This unique museum is a great way to get a first-hand experience of the Jurassic and many other dino periods.
Dinostar is open every Sunday from 11am-5pm, situated on Humber Street. Adult admission is just £3.
The Museum of Club Culture
This unique collection honours the art of clubbing and archives subcultures from mods and punks to skinheads and ravers. Exploring themes of community, memory and identity, the museum offers an interesting perspective on nightlife, with its colourful displays, regular workshops and exhibitions.
The Museum of Club Culture has temporarily been relocated from Humber Street to the High Street during the refurbishment work for City of Culture 2017.
Hands On History Museum
Once the old Grammar School of the prominent leader in the anti-slavery campaign, William Wilberforce, the Hands On History collection now offers an interactive adventure for all. Journey back through time to Victorian England to learn the history of the people of Hull and try to spot the 2,600-year-old Egyptian mummy amongst the ancient artefacts!
The museum is based in Trinity Square, adjacent to Holy Trinity Church. Open 12noon to 4pm on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month
Jump on board the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship to observe their floating maritime collections. Steeped in nautical history, the Lightship has provided navigational aid for almost half a century to ships winding their way down the dangerous River Humber. Visitors can now explore the decks and discover what life was like by climbing aboard at the ship's mooring in Hull Marina. The Corsair on the other hand is located next to the Museum Quarter and tells the tale of the deep sea trawlermen and their life in the cold Icelandic fishing grounds.
Both ships offer free admission, but please check the exact opening times on the Hull City Council website.
Don't have sturdy sea legs? You can always find out more about Hull's seafaring history in the Maritime Museum. Amongst a vast variety of oceanic treasures resides a full-sized whale skeleton, resonating the area's historical fishing and merchant trade.
Located in the original Victorian Dock Offices in Queen Victoria Square, the Hull Maritime Museum is free to enter.
Hull and East Riding Museum
If a full-size whale skeleton doesn't impress you, how about a huge woolly mammoth? Head down to the Museum Quarter to find a wide variety of prehistoric fossils, ancient pottery and armoury, dark Tudor secrets, and yes, an enormous model of a mammoth! This striking archaeological collection narrates the story of Hull's 235-million-year-long history and offers an unforgettable day out.
You can find the Hull and East Riding Museum in the Museum Quarter, along the High Street. Admission is free.