Things to do: Hull in one day

Published 11 January 2017

Do you only have a day to enjoy the UK City of Culture 2017? We've picked five great galleries and museums to explore.


Ferens Art Gallery

Opened in 1927, the award-winning Ferens Art Gallery boasts a magnificent and diverse collection, ranging from the medieval period and European Old Masters to contemporary video portraits.


Hull and East Riding Museum

  • East Yorkshire
  • Free to all

Located in the attractive Museums Quarter, the Hull and East Riding Museum boasts spectacular natural history and archaeology displays. Highlights include the only dinosaur bones discovered in East Yorkshire, the pioneering Victorian archaeologist JR Mortimer's collection from Yorkshire barrows and the massive Iron Age logboat from Hasholme.


Hull Maritime Museum

  • East Yorkshire
  • Free to all

Housed in the old Hull Dock Company offices, the maritime museum includes outstanding displays on whaling and deep-sea fishing and marine paintings. There are works by artists such as John Ward and Henry Redmore, decorative art, superb ship models, figureheads, a full-size whale skeleton, and displays on docking and navigation.


Streetlife Museum of Transport

  • East Yorkshire
  • Free to all

The scenic galleries immerse the visitor in the sights, sounds and smells of 200 years of transport. There are superb horse-drawn carriages, rare veteran cars and extensive displays charting the growth and importance of public transport within a thriving city like Hull. Step back in time and walk down a 1940s high street, board a goods train and enjoy a carriage ride.


University of Hull Art Collection

The university's art collection can be found on the ground floor of the Brynmor Jones Library. Featured artists include Aubrey Beardsley, Walter Sickert, Philip Wilson Steer, Lucien Pissarro, Augustus John, Stanley Spencer, Percy Wyndham Lewis and Ben Nicholson as well as sculpture by Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Henry Moore.

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