The Dorman Museum now has 8 permanent galleries to suit every taste from local history to dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt to 20th Century Woman. Our water gallery is especially popular with children.
Dorman Museum also holds the largest public collections in the world of local Linthorpe Art Pottery, and works by the renowned Victorian designer Dr. Christopher Dresser.
In addition to our regular programme of exhibitions and events we are continuing to add to our permanent collections so visitors can be sure to see something new each visit.
The Victorian-style Dressers Tea Room is the perfect place to relax after your visit, or to enjoy a delightful afternoon tea.
Why not combine a visit to the Dorman Museum with a visit to the beautiful Victorian Albert Park, situated adjacent to the Museum, and the colourful independent businesses on Linthorpe Road?
Tuesday-Sunday: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Last entry: 4.15pm
New Years Day
May close first week in January for annual maintenance - check website for details.
The Dorman Museum is a free venue, however there may be charges applied for special events and activities.
Winner of ADAPT award for Excellence in Access 2003
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
Dressers Tea Room
Regular event programme
Special seasonal events
Ceramics, social history, local history, archaeology, biological and earth sciences, industrial history, ethnography, military, coins and medals.
Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Industry, Land Transport, Maritime, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- The largest public collection of items designed by influential Victorian designer Christopher Dresser.
- The largest public collection of innovative Victorian Linthorpe Art Pottery, produced locally.
- T. H. Nelson collection - an extensive ornithological collection, preserved in their original cases and in the same layout as a condition of their bequest.
- Acklam Estates Plan - a large 17th century plan of the estates of the local Hustler family, conserved with an HLF grant.
Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: The Work of Nick Sharratt
- 23 January — 3 April 2016 *on now
Find out exactly what a Wellyphant is in this wonderfully colourful exhibition, perfect for families.
Children's illustrator Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated at least 40 children’s books and illustrated close to 250 more for other authors, so this exhibition is bound to be packed with characters children will recognise - from the red-boots-wearing Wellyphant from Elephant Wellyphant to Jacqueline Wilson's mischievous heroine Tracy Beaker.
Packed with colour and fun activities, including dressing up and creating your own 'Sharacter', Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is a perfect way to (re)introduce children to the joys of drawing and reading.
The museum is open between 9:30am and 4:30pm on Tuesdays - Sundays, and is closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays.
- Especially for children
Little Lions family craft sessions every Thursday (term time) are perfect for little hands. 1-2:30pm. Small charge applies.
Craft activities on Wednesdays and Fridays during school holidays. Free.
Please call the museum in advance on 01642 813781 to ensure that a session is running and avoid disappointment.
How to obtain
Some activities carry a charge so call the museum in advance on 01642 813781 for details.