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South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

4 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA, England
+44 191 211 5599
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A Great Little Summary Of South Shields history

Firstly, the museum is free to visit which is great, although we always leave a donation, as we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ThomasWMartin
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South Shields, United Kingdom
Lovely little museum!

Definitely check this out if you're in the area... they have some very nice exhibits and even... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Carrie_Catherine
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For the last 150 years, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery has been in the heart of South Shields, bringing world-class exhibitions and events to the region. Celebrating South Tyneside’s rich heritage and more, the Museum brings to life stories from the past through its mix of collections, interactive displays and exciting events programme. You can even get up close to live animals in Creature Corner. Discover more about the place that saw the invention of the lifeboat in the 18th century and was the birthplace of world famous novelist Catherine Cookson in the 20th century. Explore the history of South Tyneside from its earliest roots, 4,000 years ago through to the present day. Don’t forget to check out the latest exhibition before rounding off your visit with a visit to the Museum’s café and gift shop.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“ship building” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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4 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA, England
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+44 191 211 5599
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"lego display"
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"interesting exhibits"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, the museum is free to visit which is great, although we always leave a donation, as we don't want to consider ever losing it. The museum is in a central location to South Shields, based in the grand old library building. Easily accessible by...More

Thank ThomasWMartin
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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Thomas Thank you very much for taking the time to contribute this wonderful review of South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. We are very proud of our museum - both the people and the area that it represents. It's really great to hear that...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Definitely check this out if you're in the area... they have some very nice exhibits and even though we didn't have children with us, they do a great job of making sure there is something to interest them too.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

The are gallery is good but they never change what is in it which is a shame because it would be a good place to go if they had different things on. The staff are really helpful and politeMore

Thank Ben M
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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Ben Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to South Shields Museum & Art Gallery and for your kind comments about our staff. We do have a temporary exhibition space which changes every few months, and the art gallery too, on...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely place to visit when visiting South Shields.The museum is free of charge, and has some amazing item's to view from day's gone by. There's also a quaint little Victorian tearoom which serves cakes drinks and sandwiches, and there's a souvenir shop too.Great place for...More

Thank Gail M
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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Hello Gail Thank you so much for your lovely review, it's great to hear that you enjoy visiting the museum. I hope you come again and take in all we have to offer. Thanks again. Geoff Woodward Museum Manager

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

Lovely place to spend a few quiet hours. I browsed along, with everything explained in detail, or just to look at and soak in. Staff very helpful. Not busy, so please visit, or this place may be in danger of closing down. (Just my opinion.)

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Reviewed 19 January 2018

This is well above the usual standard of local town museums It might be small but it is interesting and well laid out to tell the story of South Tyneside. The displays and exhibits are well laid out to a very high standard and tell...More

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Hello Thank you very much for your enthusiastic review of South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, it's great to hear. I hope you can visit the museum again. Kind regards Geoff Woodward

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across the museum almost by accident but the kids spotted the sign for the Lego exhibit so we decided to have a look in. The Lego exhibit was great and for my 2 boys who are Lego mad it was a bit hit....More

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed Little Landmarks, the Muhammad Ali display and the other parts of the museum. I hope you'll visit again. Kind regards Geoff Woodward

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

A good time, walking around this place. Enjoyed my tea there. Worth a free look into shields history

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. Kind regards Geoff Woodward

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Been here many many times but popped in this weekend to see the temporary exhibition upstairs in particular. South Shields landmarks made out of lego. It was very good. The museum on ground level is interesting to the visitor. It houses a number large spiders...More

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, it's always great to hear positive feedback such as this. We hope to see you again. Geoff Woodward Museum Manager

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

WE went here hoping to see much more about Catherine Cookson. Only a small corner is now dedicated to her & the exhibition was quite poorMore

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Hello Thank you for taking the time to pass on a review of your visit. I am sorry you were disappointed with the displays of Catherine Cookson's kitchen, hair and other belongings. This summer in our stairwell gallery space we will have more objects on...More

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