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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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10:00 am - 5:00 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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A lovely little museum

Located on South Shields front street, this acts as a great little introduction to the town. Impressive variety of things to see and do in such a small space; the rooms about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

my pals and i were having a look round today ,it is a great place of interest ,we visited the food pantry ,which is very quaint and waitress service what a fab place the decor is fantastic its back ground music very fitting to the surroundings we will visit on a regular basis

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Located on South Shields front street, this acts as a great little introduction to the town. Impressive variety of things to see and do in such a small space; the rooms about Catherine Cookson's childhood and the town's history were particularly interesting. The reptile room was a bit random, but interesting all the same and I imagine kids will love... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
13 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The museum is free to enter and the exhibits are excellent, showing a great history of North East life down the times. Maritime history is well portrayed and the place is well worth a visit.

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A small restaurant as part of tourist information, art gallery and museum. Food is excellent. Visit recommended.

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South Tyneside
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15 helpful votes 15 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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13 reviews 13 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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10 helpful votes 10 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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101 helpful votes 101 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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