Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Burdon Road
Tyne and Wear




0191 553 2323


0191 553 7828

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Exciting hands-on exhibits and interactive displays tell the story of Sunderland from its prehistoric past through to the present day. The Art Gallery features paintings by L S Lowry alongside Victorian masterpieces and artefacts from the four corners of the world. The stunning Winter Gardens stimulates the senses with over 1,500 flowers and plants brought together in a spectacular showcase of the world's natural beauty.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

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Opening hours

Mon - Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 14.00-17.00

Admission charges

Free entry

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Natural Sciences, Maritime, Land Transport, Industry, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

BP Portrait Award Exhibition

  • 4 October — 16 November 2014 *on now

The BP Portrait Award, now showing in Sunderland, the only place in England outside the National Portrait Gallery, showcases fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world.

From informal and personal studies of friends and family to revealing images of famous faces, the exhibition features a variety of styles and approaches to the contemporary painted portrait.

The works on display, selected from a record-breaking 2,377 entries, include the winner of the £30,000 first prize as well as the work of the BP Young Artist 2014 and the BP Travel Award 2013 winners.

Now in its twenty-fifth year of sponsorship by BP, and thirty-fifth year at the National Portrait Gallery, the Portrait Award is the most prestigious international portrait painting competition and the free exhibition continues to be an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Nature Explorers


Take part in some nature observations in the Winter Gardens then enjoy a related craft activity. Dates vary but activities usually take place between 13.00-15.00 and are suitable for children and families.

How to obtain

Activities are on a drop-in basis. Contact 0191 5532323 for more details.

Krafty Kids

Art and craft activities, one Saturday per month (dates vary) between 13.00-15.00.

How to obtain

Activities are offered on a drop-in basis. Contact 0191 5532323 for more details.