Dorman Museum

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Dorman Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Dorman Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Dorman Museum celebrates Middlesbrough through natural and social history, and includes extensive exhibitions dedicated to Linthorpe Art Pottery, locally produced in the late 1800s, and Dr Christopher Dresser, the preeminent Victorian designer.
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dawn p
northants35 contributions
Lovely
Oct 2020
A great little museum. I pre-booked due to Covid restrictions. I was the only one there for a while, plenty of staff to answer any questions. Lots of interesting things to see, good parking to the side and behind the museum and lovely access to Albert Park
Written October 15, 2020
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK162 contributions
A quiet museum
Nov 2019
Located right next to the entrance of Stewart's park in Middlesbrough just in front of some World War 2 monuments and statues. Once you enter you don't have to pay but you the staff may ask you to fill out a questionnaire and return it before you leave. Despite the small size of the museum it is easily split into different parts, One section is filled with WW2 artefacts, including old weapons and German clothing; right next to it is a religious section; take a right turn and you'll enter a large room filled with stuffed birds of all different kinds. There's a section that shows life in the 1950s and a small cinema screen showing life back then. Head upstairs and you'll find a section on dinosaurs and early humans and our ancestors, then you'll find a large screen explaining the origin of the universe from the big bang and how the planets were formed. There's a section for kids to play and have fun, including a screen on the floor showing fish swimming on the floor and best part is, if you put your foot on the screen the fish will swim away from it. There's another part showing exotic items from other nations like vases and plates and even a genuine Samurai suit of armour and swords. You'll also find history of the UK in the 1920s showing things like the suffragette movement and Britain's involvement around the world; plus there's a gift shop at the end. While it is a small place, it's a nice place to take kids or go with friends for the day.
Written June 26, 2020
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nmaidwell123
Middlesbrough, UK375 contributions
Great place to visit
Feb 2020
Really enjoyed this museum. I have lived in the Boro for years and never realised how much it had to offer and the history behind it. Some great exhibits and very well presented. Cant believe it is free to enter.
Written February 23, 2020
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Ali 77
London, UK10 contributions
Great Museum
Jan 2020
Fantastic place to visit on a raining day and the best thing is its FREE!!! iTS GOT STACKS OF LOCAL HISTORY AND A COOL LITTLE TEA ROOM.
Written January 14, 2020
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Mr Green
Middlesbrough, UK231 contributions
Still a first class museum.
Dec 2019 • Family
Been coming here for 50 years and that green dome makes me smile in anticipation of the life long favourites I'm going to see again. Some great temporary exhibitions also.
Written December 1, 2019
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sumel2016
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK20 contributions
Amazing!
Nov 2019
Being new to the area I thought I’d do some exploring and picked the Dorman museum as a place to start. I was amazed at how much they have managed to display in such a small museum. From archeology to wartime life to natural history and an ornithology collection. All well presented with good information about each object. I will be going back when I have more time to have a more in depth look. Well done Middlesbrough! As it is on the edge of Albert Park there is plenty of space for the kids to have a run around afterwards and although small, they do have their own free car park
Written November 20, 2019
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tony s
Middlesbrough, UK20 contributions
Great Experience
Oct 2019
Great experience for the full family,everytime we visit their is always something we missed last time and something that brings back happy memories. a must visit museum.
Written October 11, 2019
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Roxywilson
88 contributions
Lovely little museum
Sep 2019 • Solo
I was killing time and found this little gem. Lots to see, reminded me of a Tardis, looks small outside but just kept going on and on, I spent 2hrs in there looking around. Then topped my day off by the beautiful little period care called “Dressers Tearoom” fabulous. I could have spent the day there 👏🏻👏🏻
Written September 11, 2019
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_-rachella-_1
Northumberland, UK1,519 contributions
Has potential
Aug 2019 • Friends
Some of the artefacts are intriguing but there seemed to be a lack of plaques/information cards accompanying them.
I was interested in seeing the MFC display but there lacked further information and the positioning of some of the objects in the glass case instructed the viewing of some of the smaller items.
The museum is free and thus attracts a lot of families. Unfortunately on my visit there were a lot of other customers who didn’t seem to appreciate museum etiquette and consequently made it difficult to get the most out of the experience.
Written August 16, 2019
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runton
england83 contributions
Great Museum
Aug 2019
Unlike a previous correspondent this museum was over and above my expectations. Its a shame as a result of the latest Govt cuts the hours have been reduced. It has a super history of the local area ( of which I knew little ) and I learnt a lot about Dresser, who I had never heard of before. I had no idea about a Middlesbrough porcelain industry.
Well done Dorman Museum - I shall tell all my friends and colleagues about you.
Written August 13, 2019
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Dorman Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM