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.
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