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
Closed first week in January for annual maintenance
The Dorman Museum is a free venue, however there may be small charges applied for special events and activities.
Winner of ADAPT award for Excellence in Access 2003
Dressers Tea Room
Regular event programme
Special seasonal events
Of note: Christopher Dresser collection, Linthorpe Art Pottery, T.H. Nelson birds and eggs.
Archaeology, biological and earth sciences, ceramics, social history, 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 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.
Themed craft activities each month for children and families. Dates and times vary, so check the website for specific details.
How to obtain
Some activities carry a charge so email email@example.com in advance for details.