Enter a world where 235 million years of history is brought to life. Come face to face with a wooly mammoth, encounter a mysterious crew of wooden warriors and discover a unique Iron Age sword. Located in the attractive Museums Quarter, the Hull and East Riding Museum boasts some of the most spectacular natural history and archaeology displays in Britain.
Highlights of the collections include the only dinosaur bones to have been found in East Yorkshire, mysterious Bronze Age warriors and spectacular treasures from the middle ages. From majestic mammoths to Saxon invaders, visitors can look forward to an experience that is unique, educational and - above all - fun. New modern displays take you back to the past. Using original material and reconstructed scenes, the displays show just what life was like and how people used to live.
Palaeolithic 250,000- 8,300 BC, Mesolithic 8,300- 4,000 BC, Neolithic 4,000- 2,000 BC
Many of the finds displayed in the Prehistoric Galleries were originally collected by J.R. Mortimer, one of the most important amateur archaeologists of the 19th century. These include stone tools of the earliest human settlers.
Bronze Age 2,000- 600 BC
Bronze Age treasures include a spectacular display of exquisitely-crafted pottery beakers and food vessels as well as the magnificent swords, axes and daggers which were the luxury goods of those ancient times. The mysterious Roos Carr figures – doll-like wooden sculptures from about 600 BC are believed to represent warriors or gods.
Iron Age 600 BC- AD 43
The North Grimston Sword is a particularly fine example of the Celtic metal-worker’s art. Visitors can also wander through a full-size reconstruction of part of an Iron Age settlement, complete with thatched roundhouse and two-horse chariot. The Hasholme Boat which dates back some 2,300 years it a giant oak logboat sank whilst loaded with a cargo of wood and beef.
Roman Britain AD 43- 410
The focal point of the museum’s Roman galleries is a recreation of the centre of the Roman settlement of Petuaria (Brough). Innovative displays of pottery, glass, oil lamps and brooches are mounted in shop windows around the town square, and visitors can also inspect a tax-collector’s office and mosaic-maker’s workshop.
Saxons and Vikings AD 410-1066
By the fifth century AD German settlers were living in East Yorkshire. Finds from the region also reflect overseas trade, with imported objects ranging from silver coins minted in Frisia to a fine bronze Coptic bowl from Egypt.
After Viking raiders first attacked Britain in the late 8th century, they settled and lived peacefully for alongside their English neighbours. A fine Viking sword was found together with various wood-working tools when a 10th century bridge was excavated at Skerne, near Driffield, in 1982-83.
Middle Ages 1066-1485
In the Hull and East Riding Museum’s new medieval galleries key topics such as religion, war, agriculture, crafts, industries, trade, travel and literacy are tackled in a series of thematic displays. Visitors can examine at close quarters an intricately carved Norman font from Hutton Cranswick as well as handling a range of medieval stone carvings.
Tudors and Stuarts 1485-1714
The English Civil war began at Hull, when the governor of the town refused to allow King Charles I to enter it and seize its arsenal. The king’s supporters placed the town under siege and visitors can relive the events of the siege by taking the roles of Royalist or Parliamentarian in an interactive game. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy a ‘virtual tour’ of Hull’s Citadel, built in the 1680s to defend the port and ensure the loyalty of Hull’s citizens to the Crown.
- Monday to Saturday: 10am - 4.30pm
- Sunday: 11am - 4pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Open bank holidays (excluding Good Friday) and closed 24th to 28th December inclusive, and 1st January.