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“Moving and educational” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wilberforce House Museum

Wilberforce House Museum
23 - 25 High St, Kingston-upon-Hull HU1 1NQ, England
01482 613 902
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Birthplace of William Wilberforce, who fought to abolish slavery in the 18th century.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Moving and educational”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

A story of Freedom told well. the Wilberforce museum is a small gem and is close to the Hull Old Town and other museums. Allow time to read and hear the displays.

Visited November 2013
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“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is not the wilberforce house I remember.All the character has gone and it is now a dull and bring place full of boards that you just read.All of the things that made this one of the best museums in Hull to visit have gone. so sad

Visited February 2013
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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“The home of Wilberforce”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The Deep and the street museum and the Transport museum are all in a short walking distance from each other, along with Trinity Church. (Follow your nose if near Trinity Church and you should find a very nice Fish and Chip shop). When you go into Wilberforce House it is like stepping back in time containing the furniture of the time and information about William Wilberforce.

Visited August 2013
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“Not Got The Wow Factor!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I visited with someone native to the area and he said that they had spoiled the Wilberforce museum because formerly it had been laid out as a house and was much more interesting. I found it quite boring really compared to the other museums I've visited in Hull.

Visited October 2013
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Hessle, United Kingdom
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“Wilberforce House, Hull”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The cobbled High Street remains and upon it is the Wilberforce Museum. This is the original birth place and home of William Wilberforce, to whom the world can be rightly proud to one of the movers of the abolition of slavery, although if you visit the museum in Liverpool Albert Dock, he hardly gets a mention.

The house is in a good state of repair having been built in the 1600s and despite bomb damage during the war, the house retains much of the original features and includes a garden backing onto the River Hull in which the visitor can relax. The entry is free as with all the Hull museums but the visit was tinged with slight disappointment. If you are a first time visitor, the new style museum masks the house with dozens and dozens of information boards and precious few exhibits. You may like that and indeed it is very interesting and informative.

However as a child, I visited the museum and the artefacts of slavery, Wilberforce's office and bedroom were fully furnished and kitted out - all that has long gone and with it the atmosphere of what was once a family home. That's a real shame. Is it worth a visit? It certainly is, but get your reading glasses out and be careful not to miss many of the original features of the house, almost all overshadowed by the plethora of written information.

Visited October 2013
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