Works have begun in January 2022 on the multi-million-pound refurbishment of Hull Maritime Museum, part of the Hull Maritime Project, funded by investments from Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund and is set to be completely transformed by 2025.
The refurbishment will see major changes to the building and exhibitions, including a new three-storey foyer, new galleries and control systems allowing the museum to host the very best national and international exhibitions, an extended gift shop and a brand-new café area for visitors.
Open to the public will be the second floor, where there will be access to one of the building’s domes, which offers city skyline views. There will also be a glass ceiling in the atrium and physical accessibility to the building will undergo improvements. All of which will be completed while taking the original architecture into consideration, as well as more of the Victorian architecture being revealed for the first time.
Councillor Daren Hale, leader of Hull City Council, said: “It will be great to see the transformation as it progresses, creating a museum that will attract new and more diverse visitors. This investment will ensure the stories of Hull’s maritime past will continue to be told, and importantly in new and engaging ways to showcase our significant collections to the world. Whilst we will all miss visiting the museum and its collection, this work is vital to its future and the result will be well worth the wait.”