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“Small but very interesting”

Monkwearmouth Station Museum
Ranked #19 of 51 things to do in Sunderland
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

Monkwearmouth Station Museum is great for anyone interested in the history of the railways (and in public transport in general). There are a number of interesting exhibitions charting the history of public transport and the development of the railways which give a fascinating social insight.

Children (and big children!) will enjoy being able to pretend to be a bus driver in a life-sized double-decker cab.

There are a number of very interesting short films on various topics such as the Tyne and Wear Metro and public transport for people with disabilities. The videos were all available with BSL interpretation which I thought was excellent and the museum is accessible to wheelchair users.

Other things to see are the old booking office, the platforms which are still passed by modern day trains and the wagon shed which houses a carriage truck. The truck was used to transport cars by rail and this one contains a 1963 Rover P4 car. There are more films to watch in the wagon shed, and there's also a small railway garden to look at before heading back in.

There's also a special children's gallery with a play train and there's a small gift shop to buy souvenirs.

Well worth a visit if you're in the area. As it's quite small, it doesn't take long to look round, but you could always combine it with a visit to the National Glass Centre which is about 5 mins away and is also free.

Thank Anne W
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

This might be an unfair review as I've visited this place hundreds of times in the past 20 or so years. However my daughter loves the place, it is great to keep kids happy during days out, has the old station and bus. All the things you expect in a museum. Best of all it is free too. Any parents in the area looking to take the kids out for the day should add the station museum to the list. Or any transport enthusiast for that matter.

Thank DaveM79
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

That's about it really ... I loved it! Lots of information about the origins of railways and general transport in Sunderland, nice exhibits, and a proper railway / metro line rumbling past the windows. Bliss.

Thank Heinz1944
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Not much going on here. It's a former railway station which is now a museum. If you like railway stations then it is worth visiting.

Thank Helen D
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

My son adores trains, especially watching them go by so the Museum is perfect for him. Whist the museum seems small to me there is plenty for him to interact with and enjoy as well as additional exhibitions and themes.

Thank M-Coundon2013
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