Dorman Museum

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

Dorman Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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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Chris
Ingleby Barwick, UK57 contributions
Jan 2022
Have just experienced a fabulous afternoon, going down memory lane. Visited with my daughter and grandson and it was so lovely to share childhood memories with them. The staff were all warm and friendly and a visit to the tearoom was a great ending to the day. This museum is close to where I was brought up and I used to visit often. It is so lovely to see that it still attracts so many. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
Written January 15, 2022
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JimboG84
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, UK202 contributions
Aug 2021
It has been years since I visited the Dorman Museum and I was pleasantly surprised.
The museum has a range of exhibits that cover the history of the town and the area, both socially and economically, wildlife and global ethnography.
The museum is immaculately clean and displays are clear and informative.
The fact that this is a free attraction makes it even better. In terms of detail and depth of display, it compares with the Yorkshire Museum in York but that comes with a price!
Written August 17, 2021
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pearlyway
LINCS77 contributions
Aug 2021
So much to see here. Good video of growth of ~Middleborough. Reconstructed cinema, pub, shoe and butchers shops etc. Amazing collection of stuffed birds and birds eggs. Good collection of local Linthorpe Pottery. Whole gallery of Christopher Dresser ceramics and metal items.
Written August 13, 2021
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dawn p
northants51 contributions
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, UK163 contributions
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, UK378 contributions
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
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, UK244 contributions
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, UK25 contributions
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
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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Dorman Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM