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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
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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 local history.

I only had time to browse around the first floor and it was very interesting. It has loads of information and exhibits about local history. I'm an avid fan off reading information... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Stuart C
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Redcar
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Redcar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I only had time to browse around the first floor and it was very interesting. It has loads of information and exhibits about local history. I'm an avid fan off reading information about the local area so I spent a lot of time in this part of the museum and did not have time to explore the rest. I will... More 

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Thank Stuart C
South Shields, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Guaranteed to keep the grandkids distracted for an hour or so. Like I said. Upstairs has changes of displays from time to time.

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Thank Auditor33
Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've visited twice and have enjoyed it both times. Packed with interesting, informative and interactive displays ideal for all ages. Good to find about about both local and worldwide history.

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Thank JustGracie
glasgow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum geared to children . The reconstruction of two South Shields house exteriors is very good as are the exhibits about life in South Shields. We were also lucky to see the Renoir painting of St Tropez which is on loan to the museum and the other paintings of the area of South Shields.

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Thank susanwalsh
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is quite small but spread over 2 floors. The bottom floor features things from the history of south shields and never changes, it is good the first time you go but after a while it gets very repetitive, there is a small section featuring a few animals such as spiders, snakes and lizards (my favourite part) There is... More 

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Thank RariiShy
Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came across this little interesting museum strolling through South Shields town centre. Worth a visit if you are touring around the area. (Free entry) it has lots of very interesting information about south shields & the Newcastle area. You can buy paintings, books & gifts in the gift shop. After you have looked round the little museum there is a... More 

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Thank nadosh1
Fife, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good place to pop in just to amuse yourself or the kids and the small restaurant/coffee shop gives you a wee bight to eat and is ok

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Thank Alex H
Newcastle upon Tyne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get a good look at the past and other interesting exhibits, all well displayed in a great building. Get a cup of Tea from the lovely cafe and relax afterwards. Great!!

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and found it interesting. – Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager More 

CLITHEROE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very varied display of time periods, with interesting artifacts to view and find out about. There's also a small, vintage tea-room which serves tasty treats.

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Do come back and see us again. – Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager More 

newcastle upon tyne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've walked past this building which has the word "library" from a former life emblazoned on the side may times. Yesterday with a few spots of rain in the air I popped in with my 8 year old and it was a welcome surprise. They don't have a huge amount of items, but the museum is well thought out and... More 

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed popping into the museum and found your visit worthwhile. We have a busy programme of special exhibitions and events so I hope you visit again. – Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager More 

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