I took my family to Hull after Easter and the first museum we visited was the Hull Maritime Museum.
Located right in the middle of town in Queen Victoria Square, it couldn't be easier to find.
Open at 10am we went right in and were cheerfully greeted by some Council staff (they work across several museums in the city), and my children were presented with trail maps to follow that asked them questions as they walked round to enhance their learning experience. These were helpfully split by age, so my 5yr old had to name things that were Cold, Furry, Big, etc. and my 7yr old had to find a certain flag and the plaque attached and work out how old the ship carrying it was (an example.)
Inside the exhibits were well spaced, full of detail, and a mixture of real artifacts from Hull's rich maritime history, interactive exhibits that encouraged play and learning, and some modern-tech to help them understand comparisons of size/shape etc.
The ground floor was given over to whaling, whales in general and fishing - including whalebone seats, the front of a whaling boat, a stuffed polar bear and many other interesting objects.
The first floor had a more general maritime section: an RNLI section, Wartime boat operations, the famous lightships, and other examples of watery ingenuity.
We spent 90 minutes in there, our only complaint being the need to sit down more often as you cover a lot of floor space on your travels (there are seats about the place though.)
At the conclusion of our visit we handed the question sheets back in and my children received small goody bags with some gift shop items (for free!), which they were very pleased with.
We had a great time - there's so much to learn, and you won't be disappointed.
Founded in 1912 the Maritime Museum moved to the old Dock Offices in 1974. Formerly the home of the Hull Dock Company and from 1893 the North Eastern Railway who took over the running of the docks. The shareholders Court Room, now used for temporary exhibitions, is a highly decorated piece of Victorian architectureis. The room has a frieze of cherubs displaying the coats of arms of the European Cities that Hull traded with. Hull dominated the Arctic whaling trade in the early nineteenth century and there is an outstanding collection of whaling artefacts. This includes skeletons of the whales themselves, the tools and weapons, as well as personalia, journals and logbooks.