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South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

4 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA, England
0191 456 8740
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: For the last 150 years, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery has been in the heart of South Shields...
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Type: Museums
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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145 reviews 145 reviews
20 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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55 helpful votes 55 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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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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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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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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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Not being from the area, we were hoping for a good history of the Tyneside location. Instead, we found a mismatch of subjects, none of which were particularly well explained. The potentially interesting subject of the Jarrow marches relied too much on existing knowledge, as did the Catherine Cookson biographies, whilst the shipyard features were sparse. There was an inexplicable... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I like this place. It's only small but nice and gives a glimpse of our history. Nice little cafe and peaceful atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Strolled pass here with my sons and thought I'd pop in for a look and for a free museum it's great with great staff!! Great to see local history kept alive.

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Usa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I was shocked to see the conditions live animals are kept here. I questioned who was responsible for their upkeep and welfare, and was told ' one of the staff'. No one seemed to know. Alone large lizard was lifeless in a small tank with no water and dried up lettuce leaves. Clearly had not been given fresh food for... More 

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TyneandWearMuseums, General Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

In response to your review regarding the welfare of our animals, I would like to reassure you that the animals are very closely monitored and we have a strict professional regime of care in place. The animals are cared for on a daily basis by two fully trained members of the Museum team – one a staff member and one... More 

South Shields, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Museum on small side but has a nice little tea shop. Upstairs has changing exhibitions on. Downstairs hasn't changed in years and we are bored of it now really. Pop in a few times a year but no more than that. Has a few snakes, spiders and a lizard.

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