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South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

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Address: 4 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA, England
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+44 191 456 8740
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
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For the last 150 years, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery has been in...

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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Wet afternoon

Stopped to visit on a very wet day. Entrance free, interesting local information and a very good art gallery. friendly and knowledgeable staff

Reviewed 7 December 2016
ianatkinson75
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Louth, United Kingdom
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

we went to the museum in south shields just nosing around and thought we will have a cuppa .ordererd with a very pleasant lady and thought we will have a piece of cake each .The cakes came we maybe should have ordered one between they were massive portions .I thought i will not finish it but i did it was... More 

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Thank harry s
TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hello Thank you very much for your kind comments - we'll pass them on to our cafe colleagues too. Thank you Geoff Woodward Manager More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is fabulous with lots to keep the imagination turning over.Plenty to see and discover with interesting activities for the kids.You can just keep coming back time and again and its never boring

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Thank satisfiedcustomer315
TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hello Thank you for your lovely comments about the museum. Great to hear. Thanks Geoff Woodward Manager More 

South Shields, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

always a great visit i have taken many friends over the years to see the history of our town and see the changing face of south shields

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Thank dazzer2k19
TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hello Thank you for your positive review, I hope you continue to bring your friends. This is great to hear. Thank you Geoff Woodward Manager More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

lovely museum where the children can get dressed up as hostoric kings and queens etc, also activies were put on for educational needs for school topics

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 9 February 2017

I often go to the museum as it's very local . They always have excibits about our local area on the ground floor. And new every couple of months on first floor . Their is also an Art gallery and gift shop and tearooms . Staff very friendly and helpful . Wheelchair accessible .

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Usually greeted with friendly staff, with the addition of a coffee shop. If you're looking for somewhere to take in some culture without needing to pay to get in South Shields Museum & Art Gallery is a compact venue that offers a range of arts, culture and heritage exhibitions and displays. Well worth checking for touring exhibitions and free activities.

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Last time I visited the museum was about 10 years ago and its still as warm and friendly as it was back then. An addition now of animals which was new and so many things to look at and interact with if you have children. The tea room is new too although I didnt try it this time. Well worth... More 

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your fantastic review. It’s fabulous to hear you recently re-visited the museum. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best wishes, Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager. More 

Louth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Stopped to visit on a very wet day. Entrance free, interesting local information and a very good art gallery. friendly and knowledgeable staff

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Thank ianatkinson75
TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your good review. Great to hear you particularly enjoyed our newly refurbished art gallery. Hope to see you with us again in the future. Best wishes, Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager. More 

South Shields, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

I ordered coffee and cake. The food was OK but the service was very disappointing. The member of staff did not want to be bothered and was quite rude not listening to a question I asked.

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Thank Mavis P
TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I’m very sorry to hear you found your visit to our café disappointing. I will certainly raise this with the team. Many thanks, Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager. More 

Newcastle, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

I live in the town but hadn't visited the museum for several years. I noticed an advert outside for a JMW Turner exhibition so went along to view. I was a little disappointed as there was in fact only one painting - maybe I was being a little naive in thinking such valuable paintings would be housed in a small... More 

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your brilliant review. We were delighted to have J M W Turner’s Shields, on the River Tyne on special loan from Tate Britain this autumn and are pleased you enjoyed seeing it as well as our Jarrow Crusade: Marching into History exhibition. We look forward to seeing you and your great-grandchildren soon. Best wishes, Geoff Woodward, Museum... More 

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