Dorman Museum

Dorman Museum
Linthorpe Road




01642 813781


01642 358100

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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.

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.

Goodbody's cafe is proving to be a popular spot to relax and recharge your batteries during a visit and was recently praised in the Evening Gazette review of cafes.

Why not combine a visit to the Dorman Museum with a visit to the newly restored Albert Park, situated adjacent to the Museum?

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Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday:9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Last entry 4.15pm

Christmas Day
Boxing day
New Years Day
Closed 3-7 January for annual maintenance

Admission charges

The Dorman Museum is a free venue, however there may be small charges applied for special events and activities.

Additional info

Winner of ADAPT award for Excellence in Access 2003
VAQAS registered
Audio guides in production
Goodbody's Cafe
Temporary exhibitions
Regular event programme

Archaeology, biological and earth sciences, ceramics, social history, industrial history, ethnography, military, coins and medals. Of note : Stovin Herbarium, geological collections, mollusc collections, T.H. Nelson birds and eggs, Linthorpe pottery, Christopher Dresser items.

Collection details

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

  • Acklam Estates Plan - a large 17th century plan of the estates of the local Hustler family recently conserved with an HLF grant. Range of ancient Egyptian and Roman material. Giant fossil Ichthyosaur head. T.H. Nelson collection of birds and eggs. Meteorites including Mars rock.
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Family Activities

Themed craft activities each month for children and families. Dates and times vary, so check the website for specifics.

How to obtain

Some activities carry a charge so email in advance for details.