Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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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.

Sunderland's First World War: The Home Front

  • 6 June — 31 August 2015 *on now

At that time Sunderland was a major centre of shipbuilding, producing both warships and cargo vessels vitally important to the war effort. This made it a target for the Germans and the town was under constant threat of attack. Find out how successful the enemy was at breaching its defences. Men from all over Wearside joined the armed forces in great numbers leaving behind their families, homes and jobs, many never to return. Women found themselves taking up roles previously done by the men. Discover how their world would never be the same again. The exhibition includes ship models, photographs and artefacts to tell this fascinating and little known aspect of Sunderland's past.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour: Canaletto's 'A Regatta on the Grand Canal'

  • 11 July — 13 September 2015 *on now

A much-loved work from the National Gallery Collection – 'A Regatta on the Grand Canal' by Canaletto – is going on the road and travelling the UK as the second painting in the three-year Masterpiece Tour.


Please check admission charges before visiting.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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.

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.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Burdon Road
Tyne and Wear




0191 561 2323


0191 553 7828

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