Museums & Art Galleries Tyne & Wear

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Bede's World - Jarrow
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Bede's World - Jarrow
Come for a fun and leisurely day out at Bede’s World, where you’ll learn all about Bede and the Anglo-Saxon way of life in Northumbria. Find out what life would have been like with a visit to our working farm. See our replica buildings made of wattle and daub, built with truly original materials and methods, using skills that would...
Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum - South Shields
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Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum - South Shields
An insight into Roman Britain Built around AD160, Arbeia Roman Fort once guarded the entrance to the River Tyne, playing an essential role in the mighty frontier system. Based four miles east of the end of Hadrian's Wall at South Shields, the Fort was originally built to house a garrison and soon became the military supply base for the 17 Forts...
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
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South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
This friendly venue explores the story of South Tyneside through sensational displays, hands-on exhibits and stunning art, including the lifetime achievement of the successful local author Catherine Cookson. Free entry.
Toy Museum - North Shields
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Toy Museum - North Shields
The museum has over 8,000 toys on display dating from 1890-1970. We have clockwork and mechanical toys, dolls, prams, cars, puzzles, games, pedal cars and childhood memorabilia. The only toy museum in the north of England looking out onto the sea.
Stephenson Railway Museum - North Shields
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Stephenson Railway Museum - North Shields
Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the home of George Stephenson's 'Billy' and many other engines from the great age of steam.
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum - Wallsend
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Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum - Wallsend
In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the North. The result was Hadrian's Wall, a 73 mile barrier stretching from the River Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west. Segedunum, which means strong Fort, stood at the eastern end of...
Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour
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Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour
The Sunderland Stadium of Light is the magnificent home of Sunderland AFC. With a capacity of 49,000 seats; it stands majestic on the banks of the River Wear, a stadium worthy of a team that has one of the proudest histories in the game.
National Glass Centre
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National Glass Centre
Enjoy a wonderful mix of traditional, regional fayre accented with flair and a modern twist. Our amazing daily glass blowing, lathe and flame working demonstrations are free and run throughout the day. Echoing the philosophy of National Glass Centre, the menu showcases heritage and innovation, delivered with creativity and passion. Open...
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
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Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is a major regional museum, art gallery and archives service. We manage a collection of nine museums and galleries across Tyneside and the Archives for Tyne and Wear. We are supported by the five local authorities of the area and Newcastle University. TWAM is also a Major Partner Museum funded by...
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art - Gateshead
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Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art - Gateshead
BALTIC is a place where visitors can experience innovative and provocative new art, relax, have fun, learn and discover fresh ideas.
Seven Stories - Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Seven Stories - Newcastle Upon Tyne
We celebrate the art of children's books, their place in our childhood and in our culture. Seven Stories opened on the 19th August 2005, to showcase a national collection of manuscripts and illustrations of some of the UK's finest authors and illustrators for children. Seven Stories is The National Centre for Children's Books. We select...
Laing Art Gallery - Newcastle upon Tyne
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Laing Art Gallery - Newcastle upon Tyne
The Laing is home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture and its exhibition programme is renowned for bringing the biggest names in historic, modern and contemporary art to the North East. The Gallery has a packed programme of free events including gallery talks, family activities and artists’ events. Free entry.
Castle Keep - Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Castle Keep - Newcastle Upon Tyne
The Castle of Newcastle Upon Tyne stands on a steep sided promontory overlooking the River Tyne. The site has been occupied for nearly 2000 years, with flint flakes and a stone axehead found in archaeological excavations testament to much earlier prehistoric activity.
Discovery Museum - Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Discovery Museum - Newcastle Upon Tyne
Discovery Museum is the ideal place to find out all about life on Tyneside, from the region's shipbuilding heritage to inventions which changed the world. Packed full of interactive displays it is the perfect place for all ages to learn and have fun. Discovery also has special displays for children under 5 and 7 years old.
Centre for Life - Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Centre for Life - Newcastle Upon Tyne
Exhibitions, events, theatre shows and the biggest planetarium in the North- all included in the price of admission!   Have you come to Life yet? We’re an award-winning science centre full of exciting exhibitions, activities and events for all ages. Our programme changes regularly so there’s always a new reason to visit. And...
Newcastle United Football Club Tour - Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Newcastle United Football Club Tour - Newcastle Upon Tyne
Your knowledgeable tour guide will show you many areas you will never have seen before - as well as some very famous ones! Tour highlights include: · Take a look inside the changing rooms · Find out what it feels like to stand pitchside · See the dugouts · Find out what happens in the Media Suite · See the...
Great North Museum - Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Great North Museum - Newcastle Upon Tyne
Highlights include a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, major displays showing the wonder and diversity of the animal and plant kingdoms, spectacular objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton and much more...Free entry
Beamish Open Air Museum
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Beamish Open Air Museum
At the North of England Open Air Museum, the past comes to life. Beamish is unique. We're no ordinary museum, but a living, working experience of life as it was in the Great North in the early 1800s and 1900s. Beamish, Britain's favourite open air museum, set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, vividly recreates life in the North of...

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Museum of Archaeology - Durham
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Museum of Archaeology - Durham
The Museum of Archaeology at the Old Fulling Mill in Durham City is one of the most photographed buildings in the North East: scenically located below Durham Cathedral on the banks of the River Wear. Although the origins of the museum can be traced back to 1833, it was not until the mid 1970s that the Fulling Mill took on its present role as a...
Oriental Museum
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Oriental Museum
‘The Orient’ is not an area with defined geographical boundaries. The term can mean widely differing things to different people. In the case of the Oriental Museum, the definition is a wide one indeed, with the collections covering a huge area from North Africa to South East Asia. This is the legacy of the origins or the Oriental...
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre
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Durham Museum and Heritage Centre
Relive the story of Durham from Medieval times to the 20th century in this excellent local history Museum. Enjoy models of the medieval city and 19th century Market Place and explore the reconstruction of a Victorian prison cell. Displays describe the origins and development of the city and many fascinating objects illustrate domestic life,...

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Newbiggin Maritime Centre
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Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Discover life in a historic fishing village. Discover the Mary Joicey all weather lifeboat and the Girl Anne fishing coble. Visit the 65 seat Breakwater Café serving local food and overlooking the bay. We are an all weather attraction, open all year. We can provide space for business, functions or groups in our Latimer Function Room. Car...
Woodhorn Northumberland Museum and Archives
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Woodhorn Northumberland Museum and Archives
You’ll be surprised how much there is to see at Woodhorn. Allow yourself a couple of hours for a visit - more if there's a special event taking place. Open 5 days a week all year round and with a varied exhibitions and events programme, you will want to come back time and time again. It’s great for all ages and there’s always...
HMS Trincomalee 1817
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HMS Trincomalee 1817
HMS Trincomalee, built in Bombay for the Admiralty in 1817, is the oldest ship afloat in the UK and the last of the commissioned frigates of the Nelson era. She saw service in the West Indies and throughout the vast Pacific in the nineteenth century before taking a role as a training vessel, largely in Portsmouth, that lasted until 1986, by which...
Hartlepool's Maritime Experience
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Hartlepool's Maritime Experience
Hartlepool's Maritime Experience, (formerly known as Hartlepool Historic Quay) is a superb re-creation of an 18th century seaport and a fantastic place to visit for families, groups and schools - in fact everybody. It brings to life the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar. Travel back in our mari-time machine to...
Binchester Roman Fort
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Binchester Roman Fort
Binchester Roman Fort gives you an insight into what life was like for the Romans in County Durham. Explore the impressive remains of a Roman bath house with its amazing 1,700 year-old under floor heating system. Find out why taking a bath in Roman times was about more than just getting clean! Walk in the footsteps of the soldiers around the...
Corbridge Roman Town - Hadrian's Wall
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Corbridge Roman Town - Hadrian's Wall
 Not all the sites on Hadrian's Wall were heavily guarded fortresses. Corbridge was once a bustling town and supply base where Romans and civilians would pick up food and provisions. It remained a vibrant community right up until the end of Roman Britain in the early years of the 5th century. Today, you can still walk through the town's...
Locomotion
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Locomotion
Opening Times Daily 10:00 to 17:00 (Summer: 4 Apr - 2 Oct). (Catering is limited on Monday 11 July) Daily 10:00 to 16:00 (Winter: 3 Oct - 3 Apr). During Winter, building 8 (Collections) is open daily; buildings 1 to 4 are open Wed - Sun. Closed 22 Dec - 3 Jan FREE ENTRY
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