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South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

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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
Description: For the last 150 years, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery has been in the...
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 Traditional Fayre

Good tea, coffee and traditional British comfort food, reminiscent of the old Lyons establishments in ambience. Ever so slightly on the pricey side, but only slightly. The quality... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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South Tyneside
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Good tea, coffee and traditional British comfort food, reminiscent of the old Lyons establishments in ambience. Ever so slightly on the pricey side, but only slightly. The quality more than compensates.

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Catherine cookson home home cooked food in coffee shop staff very friendly lots of good exhibits to look at

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The museum has changed in recent years, recently undergoing a large redesign of the lower floor, with interesting exhibits, including a informative but spooky dummy in the gibbets, informing the story of a man who was hung for a murder he didn't commit. Children love the reptile and spider exhibit on the ground floor, which until 2012 featured a huge... More 

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Lovely little place. Cakes all homemade and Scrummy. Staff very friendly and the surroundings make the experience extra special.

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The museum had the Boldon Book which my aunt and I called in to see. It was great to see the old street was still there, have a dip into nostalgia and visit soon. Great cafe too.

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Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
20 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We found out that the big guy would be having a grotto at the museum so naturally took our five year old. Santa was great and the gift was nice. I also liked how they took the childs name and a bit of info as to seem like they were special. However, it wasn't a private meeting with santa so... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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151 reviews 151 reviews
34 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I was in South Shields for a few days so decided to look round the museum. It is on the high street next to Mac Donald's and it is free to enter. You enter through the gift shop then up the stairs to the exhibition which caters for all age groups. Going up the stairs to the second floor you... More 

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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67 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have always loved to visit a museum which has to offer on Maritime history & Shields Museum is just another fantastic museum.Very well maintained & welcoming staff.The building itself is so beautiful. The best I liked is the paintings depicting the shipwrecked past of the town.Last but not least, Catherine Cookson...her wonderful story from rags to riches presented nicely.... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Lots of summer activities taking place here, we did the pirate day and really enjoyed making a parrot and telescope! There were lots of things to see in the museum too and a few interactive bits and pieces to keep kids amused. Another freebie and something to see if you're in the area.

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highlands
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

this museum is a little gem, spent a good 2 hrs looking round at all the bits and pieces....nice little shop at the end...best of all the museum is still free after all these years!

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