South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

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This friendly venue explores the story of South Tyneside, including the lifetime achievement of the successful local author Catherine Cookson. Its major collections are in social history and art which are represented in the newly refurbished Changing Faces gallery.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 11am - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Admission charges

Free entry (donations welcome)

This museum and gallery has a Designated Collection of national importance.

South Shields Museum & Gallery explores local history during the life and times of famous author, Catherine Cookson in Tales of South Tyneside.

Changing Faces tells the story of Tyneside from the Bronze Age to the end of the nineteenth century, with artefacts from the Museum's archaeological, industrial and local history collections.

Creature Corner showcases a selection of snakes and spiders, allowing visitors to learn all about these amazing creatures, their natural environment and their diet.

The Museum also features Art Adventure - an art gallery with a difference, combining many of the museum's paintings with exciting hands-on displays which enable visitors to find out more about the paintings and their artists.

There is also a temporary exhibition programme.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Land Transport, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Last Boat In
  • Catherine Cookson
  • The Cliffs at Marsden
  • CN Herny
  • G Blackie Sticks
  • Designated Collection

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
Ocean Road
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE33 2JA




0191 211 5599

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