The projects fall within the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City initiative, backed by Hull City Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund, which is aiming to deliver cultural regeneration that protects and celebrates 800 years of maritime heritage.

Work on Hull Maritime Museum, which closed in January to enable preparatory work for an £11 million refurbishment, will aim to reveal more of the building’s original architecture while also creating new and improved visitor facilities. Opening up the building’s domes and second floor to the public and establishing a new three-storey foyer to draw in visitors also form part of the scheme.

Before work commences around 50,000 objects will need to be packed and moved. Once under way, the project is expected to take 18 months to complete before new displays and exhibition spaces can be fitted out. The museum is expected to reopen fully by early 2024.

Hull Maritime Museum set for temporary closure during £11m refurbishment

“This is a key milestone in the project as we move forward with another exciting regeneration project in the city. The transformation of key maritime treasures will have a considerable impact on the city centre, its economy as well as attracting additional visitors,” says Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration, planning, land and property.

“This significant investment to the much-loved and well known museum and former dock offices will give the city a world-class museum it deserves, right in the heart of its city centre.”

Elsewhere in the citywide regeneration, significant changes will be made at the Dock Office Chambers, the North End Shipyard and on two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship.

Tender documents are available at and the deadline for submission is Monday 28th September

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