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South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

4 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA, England
+44 191 456 8740
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Worth a visit.

Lovely place to spend a few quiet hours. I browsed along, with everything explained in detail, or... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sofasportsfan
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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Small but beautifully formed

This is well above the usual standard of local town museums It might be small but it is interesting... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
tonygolden48
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Jarrow, United Kingdom
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For the last 150 years, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery has been in the heart of South Shields, bringing world-class exhibitions and events to the region.Celebrating South Tyneside’s rich heritage and more, the Museum brings to life stories from the past through its mix of collections, interactives and exciting events programme. You can even get up close to a giant python in Creature Corner!Discover more about the place that saw the invention of the lifeboat in the 18th century and was the birthplace of world famous novelist Catherine Cookson in the 20th century.Find out more about the history of South Tyneside from its earliest roots, 4,000 years ago through to the present day.And don’t forget to check out the latest exhibition before rounding off your visit with a visit to the Museum’s café and gift shop.
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  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“ship building” (5 reviews)
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4 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA, England
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"great cafe"
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"first floor"
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"animal section"
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"tea room"
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"coffee shop"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely place to spend a few quiet hours. I browsed along, with everything explained in detail, or just to look at and soak in. Staff very helpful. Not busy, so please visit, or this place may be in danger of closing down. (Just my opinion.)

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is well above the usual standard of local town museums It might be small but it is interesting and well laid out to tell the story of South Tyneside. The displays and exhibits are well laid out to a very high standard and tell...More

Thank tonygolden48
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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Thank you very much for your enthusiastic review of South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, it's great to hear. I hope you can visit the museum again. Kind regards Geoff Woodward

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across the museum almost by accident but the kids spotted the sign for the Lego exhibit so we decided to have a look in. The Lego exhibit was great and for my 2 boys who are Lego mad it was a bit hit....More

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed Little Landmarks, the Muhammad Ali display and the other parts of the museum. I hope you'll visit again. Kind regards Geoff Woodward

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

A good time, walking around this place. Enjoyed my tea there. Worth a free look into shields history

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. Kind regards Geoff Woodward

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Been here many many times but popped in this weekend to see the temporary exhibition upstairs in particular. South Shields landmarks made out of lego. It was very good. The museum on ground level is interesting to the visitor. It houses a number large spiders...More

Thank Sandancer77
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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, it's always great to hear positive feedback such as this. We hope to see you again. Geoff Woodward Museum Manager

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

WE went here hoping to see much more about Catherine Cookson. Only a small corner is now dedicated to her & the exhibition was quite poorMore

Thank Pozzza
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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Thank you for taking the time to pass on a review of your visit. I am sorry you were disappointed with the displays of Catherine Cookson's kitchen, hair and other belongings. This summer in our stairwell gallery space we will have more objects on...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Good museum learned a lot staff explained where to go and have us a map.We donated in the gift box but no charge to go in. Had a Lego exhibition in and children were playing with Lego this is a good idea. Have a cafe...More

Thank David B
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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello David Thank you very much for your review of the museum. I hope we see you again. Kind regards Geoff Woodward

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

Interesting displays and artifacts, nice cafe and pleasant staff. I've been popping in and out of here all my life and there are always interesting and nice things to see, whether you're a educated historian or a child. Great, well done.

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Steve Thank you very much for your lovely review of the museum. I hope we see you again. Kind regards Geoff Woodward

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Being a fan of Lego I was pleased to see that my local museum had a collection of landmarks from the area built from Lego. I popped in to see them not long after opening, the place was nice and quiet so had time to...More

Thank Allen1892
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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Thanks for your review of South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, it's always good to hear feedback. Kind regards Geoff Woodward

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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Popped in here after seeing a leaflet for a local buildings lego display at the arbia roman fort Yet again another free activity the town has to offer and a great place to pop into It's not the biggest museum and all local history exhibits...More

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Hello Thank you very much for your review. It's great to hear that you were at Arbeia too - we have a wonderfully rich heritage in South Shields. Kind regards Geoff woodward

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