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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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grandson liked playing on the old machines with the old pennies and listening to the stories on the (phones) .making different faces on the magnetic boards

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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durham, United Kingdom
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Durham, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

To call it a museum is a bit of a long stretch. It's a series of rooms filled with whatever people have found lying around. It doesn't really have much educational value and certainly is one of the poorest museums in the north east.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is one of the most boring museums I have ever been to, even though it is free. I has never changed since I was a kid. BORING...

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durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

grandson liked playing on the old machines with the old pennies and listening to the stories on the (phones) .making different faces on the magnetic boards

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Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Very interesting! My partner decided to take me in there as we were passing as I'd never been before and it was free. Well, there's so much to do in there and so much that you probably wouldn't expect too! Make sure that if you're visiting, you go and check it out!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Me and my son went it was great and free and gave us something to do and he was interested in the history and animals

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Nice to learn some history of South Shields, also picked up a few good souvenirs A great little coffee shop as well

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a fabulous museum if you are a Catherine Cookson fan which I am! Very well set out and interesting articles also on the pits. I love the display of the fire range and how it was in Catherine Ccookson childhood days. Worth a visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Not much to see or do there was very little to do. But they did have some good reading regarding the north east and the odd souvenir Ok if you are just going in for say ten or fifteen minutes. Forgot to say it had a cafe inside did not try it as i and the wife had just eaten... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Staff great and Tremendous Tuesday was just that! All free except £1 entry for children into Animal Antics where children were able to hold and stroke variety of small animals. Coffee shop was nicely set out as an old fashioned tea room. Again lovely staff and a lovely cup of tea.

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Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It was a most interesting and enjoyable experience, learning about the history of South Shields and Catherine Cookson was an eye opener, the mining industry was fasanating, it was lovely to have a cup of tea afterwards

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