Hull Maritime Museum is inviting tenders for a revamp of its Grade II* listed building.
The project is part of a £27m cultural regeneration scheme based on Hull’s maritime heritage, backed by £15m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and £10m from Hull City Council.
The refurbishment will create an “interactive and engaging museum” with improved access, new displays and improved learning and visitor facilities.
The project will include displaying more of the building’s original architecture, opening up the second floor and domes to the public, and creating a new three-floor atrium. New storage and research facilities will be located in the Dock Office Chambers building next to the museum, which is currently used as office space.
The museum building was originally opened in 1871 as Hull’s dock offices. The venue's 50,000 objects will have to be removed and safely stored before work can begin.
Councillor Daren Hale, the portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration, planning, land and property at Hull City Council, said: “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.
“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.”
The refurbishment is then expected to take 18 months, with the museum reopening in 2024.
The £27m Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City Project will also restore two historic ships and create a new visitor attraction at the North End Shipyard.