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Address: 4 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA, England
Phone Number: +44 191 456 8740
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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For the last 150 years, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery has been in...

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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Nice, little museum about local history on the high street

We parked at the supermarket across the road (and shopped there afterwards...). Easy to get there... wheel chair access and lifts inside in case you need it. I particularly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 28, 2016
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I ordered coffee and cake. The food was OK but the service was very disappointing. The member of staff did not want to be bothered and was quite rude not listening to a question I asked.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I live in the town but hadn't visited the museum for several years. I noticed an advert outside for a JMW Turner exhibition so went along to view. I was a little disappointed as there was in fact only one painting - maybe I was being a little naive in thinking such valuable paintings would be housed in a small... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We parked at the supermarket across the road (and shopped there afterwards...). Easy to get there... wheel chair access and lifts inside in case you need it. I particularly enjoyed learning about the Jarrow Crusade on the first floor. We are so lucky to live now... Historic street scenes and explaining about local people and professions from all classes were... More 

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newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

A great place to visit if in South Shields, Its free and you can spend a good 2 hrs. looking around learning all about the history of the area and the people that represented it. There is even a small room with a few spiders and lizards to look at. Stuff always happy to explain and to help when in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

A Brilliant place to visit especially Catherine Followers. Exhibits include street scenes from days gone by also the exhibit has a cafe serving teas and coffee.

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Thank Barry H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

We popped in here whislt out shopping in King Street with the kids as I've never been in before. We spent about an hour looking around and ran out of money for the carpark so didn't see the exhibition upstairs. Was a nice change to our usual Saturday afternoon activities with the kids.

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Thank Claire G
Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

Excellent little museum which gives a real flavour of past life in the area. Free entry Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This is a small museum but something all the family can enjoy looking around. It isn't how ever a place you can spend the day

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

As I live locally I often visit the Museum it has lots of different themes throughout the year, the last one I saw was for 100 years of the local lifeboat. It is free to enter and has a really interesting display of Catherine Cookson memorabilia.The staff are friendly and very helpfull.

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Thank vivien1954
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Visited the museum recently and found it to be extremely varied and a fascinating insight into the North East with many references to both Catherine Cookson who was born in Shields and the heavy industry that made the North East what it is with coal mining and ship building featuring heavily! Great stuff!

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