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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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Lots of local interest, regularly changing exhibits

Free entry - a must for this sort of place, not very big, but interesting enough to take half an hour out of your day while going to the shops or after lunch. Friendly staff, gift... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW 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 NEW

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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South Shields
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Excellent place to spend when in the town of South Shields. Look for the history of the town and also the Catherine Cookson street. There is a section of reptiles. The coffee/tea is nice and hot

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This museum is free to enter. It gives a great insight into how the north east took shape from the Roman times onwards. There is a nice little eatery which serves home made food.

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

this is a great little place to visit when in south shields it gives a brief history of the town and if careful costs you nothing entry is free and a look round is free but recently implemented by the council is a few money makers like the cafe of olden days or the olde sweet shop either way it's... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Free entry - a must for this sort of place, not very big, but interesting enough to take half an hour out of your day while going to the shops or after lunch. Friendly staff, gift shop and great cake in the cafe. Visited the day before a new exhibition opened, bad luck for us, but good to see things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I took my granddaughter here she is only 3 and she really enjoyed it well worth a visit, it is free entry and there is a little gift shop and cafe inside you can find it on the main street it is also wheel chair accessible and fun for the whole family

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We love popping in as the displays not only take you back in time but is great on the history of the place and tyne too. Upstairs us great too.

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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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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Additional Information about South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

Address: 4 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA, England
Phone Number: 0191 456 8740
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Tyne and Wear  >  South Shields
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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