Hull and East Riding Museum

Hull and East Riding Museum
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LocationKingston upon Hull, England
Coordinates53°44′36″N 0°19′49″W / 53°44′36″N 0°19′49″W / 53.7434; -0.3303

The Hull and East Riding Museum is located in the Museums Quarter of the Old Town in Kingston upon Hull, England. It dates back to 1925 as the Museum of Commerce and Industry in a former Customs House but acquired its present name in 1989 with a major refurbishment and new entrance, with the transport section moving to a separate museum. It displays items from prehistoric to medieval in the area, many of them in life-size tableaux or reconstructions of rooms and buildings.


Plaque on High Street
Commercial Museum Entrance

Building number 36 on the High Street was a customs house. It was replaced by a new building, Hull Corn Exchange, in 1856, but later fell into disuse and disrepair. The structure was refurbished and opened as a museum in 1925, being the Museum of Commerce and Industry. It was damaged by bombs during the Second World War but renovated and reopened as the Archaeology and Transport Museum in 1957.[1]

In 1989 the museum was given its present name, and was refurbished as the transport collection moved to a new adjacent museum called Streetlife Museum of Transport.[2] The museum underwent a further major makeover between 1998 and 2003 as part of the creation of the Museums Quarter, with the main entrance transferred from the High Street to the central courtyard.[3][4]

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