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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, bringing world-class exhibitions and events to the... more » 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. « less
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

nice see something diffident make your mind relax to get out of every day life.we all busy work day after day never end

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I often pop in.there are many displays from the ship building and maritime period of the region.there's also a a lot of information on Catherine cookson.there's also a selection of live reptiles and spiders.I don't really agree with captive creatures.upstairs are some stunning painting.a good show all round for south tyneside

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south shields
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

very clean and tidy staff friendly I was killing time with grandchildren so we called in wish it was a bigger place would take the children again

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