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Address: 4 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA, England
Phone Number: 0191 456 8740
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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For the last 150 years, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery has been in...

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, interactives and exciting events programme. You can even get up close to a giant python 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.Find out more about the history of South Tyneside from its earliest roots, 4,000 years ago through to the present day.And 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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Good for kids and adults.

There are some very interesting things to see and read about here. I wont spoil it for you by saying what they are, as it is definately worth seeing for yourself. I did not get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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Goa
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32 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Situated in the hearts of south shields central street, I had visited south shields many a times, but this time i managed to get inside the museum and was very happy I did , I was on a whole new experience about the history of this city and the people in this city.

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fairly well laid out and on two floors, with a nice tea room on the ground floor. All the expected are covered - Catherine Cookson, mining, the resort, memorabilia, and the sea - but where was the geology, the fauna and flora (snakes and lizards not even indigenous to this country seems very odd), and industry (other than that mentioned)... More 

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are some very interesting things to see and read about here. I wont spoil it for you by saying what they are, as it is definately worth seeing for yourself. I did not get the chance to try the cafe but it looked lovely and I have heard good things so will try it when I go back.

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Thank Laura B
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my grandson wonderfull afternoon out the old fairground slot machines were awesome went back three vlsits

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Thank 249brenda
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Treasures is a new exhibition featuring many local artefacts from times past. It is a very interesting exhibition and if you are interested in local history it will certainly give you lots to think about and admire. Well presented and informative.

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Great for both kids and adults. There's lots to do and see from history to animals. I remember making pottery and crafts as a child and loving it! Would recommend.

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1 Thank beccahaynes
South Shields, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Had a very good time looking around the museum, things for all ages (activists for kids, history for older ones). Animals extremely interesting! And always enjoy the special event they have this time I went it was 'insects' I believe?. Love the Cookson area, and thoroughly enjoyed the 'growing up in the north east' section! Very informative! It's free so... More 

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Interesting for children seeing how people used to live and how their homes were. Old library used to have models of ships some over 6 feet long, built by Tyneside ship builders, wonder what happened to them?

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Disappointed that this museum had changed to modern concept same as other city centres. This museum used to have a great collection from world war 2.

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Thank DenverGozo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Not much in here to see unless you love Dicksons! Best part was seeing an old blue WKD bottle behind glass as a display haha! Some canny little souvenirs though I suppose! Local Bob olley prints are a plus :)

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