List of museums in Tyne and Wear

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This list of museums in Tyne and Wear, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City Region Type Summary
Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum Arbeia Roman Fort reconstructed gateway.jpg South Shields South Tyneside Archaeology Excavated and reconstructed Roman fort, museum of artefacts and life of a Roman soldier
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Baltic With Recent Addition - - 197689.jpg Gateshead Gateshead Art Contemporary art
Bessie Surtees House Newcastle upon Tyne, Bessie Surtee's house.jpg Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne Historic house Operated by Historic England, two five-storey 16th and 17th century merchants' houses
Bowes Railway Springwell City of Sunderland Railway Preserved operational standard gauge cable railway system built to transport coal to boats, built by George Stephenson in 1826
Castle Keep Image-Newcastle castle keep 2.jpg Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne Historic house Keep and remains of the medieval castle
Centre for Life Centre for Life, Newcastle.JPG Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne Science Permanent exhibits about human life
Customs House South Shields South Tyneside Art Arts centre with exhibit gallery, theatre and cinema
Discovery Museum Discovery Museum.jpg Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne Multiple Science, local history, shipbuilding and industrial heritage, Turbinia, first steam turbine powered steamship, regimental museum for the 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars and the Northumberland Hussars, costumes, art exhibits of painting, photography and sculpture
Fulwell Windmill Fulwell City of Sunderland Mill website, restored early 19th century windmill
Gateshead Heritage @ St Mary`s Gateshead Gateshead Local website, local history, culture,
Globe Gallery North Shields North Tyneside Art website, contemporary art
Great North Museum: Hancock The Hancock Museum Newcastle September 2009.jpg Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne Multiple Natural history, archaeology and Roman Britain, Ancient Rome and Egypt, dinosaurs and fossils, ethnography
Hatton Gallery Fineartbuildingnewcastle.jpg Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne Art Part of Newcastle University
Holy Jesus Hospital Front of Holy Jesus Hospital.jpg Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne History Operated by the National Trust, medieval building in use for 700 years, exhibits about its use as a 14th-century Augustinian friary, 17th century almshouse and Victorian soup kitchen
Jarrow Hall Northumbria 036.jpg Jarrow South Tyneside Multiple Life and times of monk, scholar and author Venerable Bede, includes artifacts from the adjacent medieval church, museum exhibits, Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm with heritage breeds of animals
Laing Art Gallery Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne Art Collections include 18th and 18th century British oil paintings and sculpture, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware, 20th century art
Monkwearmouth Station Museum Monkwearmouth Station Museum, Sunderland - - 121278.jpg Monkwearmouth City of Sunderland Railway Railway and transportation history and heritage
National Glass Centre NGC 006 ngc front facia reduced.jpg Sunderland City of Sunderland Art Historic and contemporary glass, history of glass-making
Newburn Hall Motor Museum Newburn Newcastle upon Tyne Automotive information
North East Aircraft Museum North East Aircraft Museum, Tyne and Wear.jpg Sunderland City of Sunderland Aviation Historic aircraft, aviation history
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art Sunderland City of Sunderland Art Contemporary art
Northumbria University Gallery Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne Art website, part of Northumbria University
Old Low Light Old Low Light, North Shields.jpg North Shields North Tyneside Maritime heritage website - Galleries, exhibits, activities, viewing platform and café, housed in a former lighthouse
Path Head Watermill Blaydon Gateshead Industry Restored water wheel and joiner's shop
Reg Vardy Gallery Sunderland City of Sunderland Art website, information, contemporary art gallery of the University of Sunderland
Ryhope Engines Museum Ryhope Pumping Station.jpg Ryhope City of Sunderland Technology Victorian pumping station with two beam engines, steam engines and pumps, boilers, a blacksmith's forge, waterwheel, replica plumber's shop
Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum Segedunum Roman Fort and Baths - - 37360.jpg Wallsend North Tyneside Archaeology Excavated Roman fort along Hadrian's Wall, museum of artefacts and life of a Roman soldier, shipbuilding and coal mining industries, reconstructed Roman baths
Seven Stories Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne Art Art of British children’s books
Shipley Art Gallery Shipley Art Gallery2.JPG Gateshead Gateshead Art Contemporary crafts and design, fine art
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery South Shields South Tyneside Local website, local history, culture, art
Souter Lighthouse Souter Lighthouse, Marsden, Tyne and Wear 2.jpeg Marsden South Tyneside Maritime Operated by the National Trust, lighthouse's engine room, light tower and keeper's living quarters
St. Mary's Lighthouse St Mary's Lighthouse.jpg St Mary's Island North Tyneside Maritime Lighthouse to tour, exhibits about the lighthouse and island's wildlife
Stephenson Railway Museum North Shields North Tyneside Railway Steam-powered electric and diesel engines, history of area electric transport, northern terminus of the North Tyneside Steam Railway
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from Mowbray Park, 7th May 2002. - - 136929.jpg Sunderland City of Sunderland Multiple Art, textiles, pottery, glass, coal mining, local history, social history, natural history, industry, geology
Tynemouth Castle and Priory Tynemouth Castle1.jpg Tynemouth North Tyneside Historic house Operated by English Heritage, remains and exhibits about the Anglo-Saxon settlement, Anglican monastery, royal castle, artillery fort and coastal defence
Tynemouth Life Brigade Watch House Museum Tynemouth Watchtower Museum - - 115566.jpg Tynemouth North Tyneside Maritime website, history of area lifesaving, shipwreck artifacts
Tynemouth Toy Museum Tynemouth North Tyneside Toy website, toys, dolls, prams, puzzles, games
Washington 'F' Pit F Pit Museum.jpg Washington City of Sunderland Technology website, Victorian steam engine, engine house and headgear for a coal mine
Washington Old Hall WashingtonOldHall.jpg Washington City of Sunderland Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 16th century stone manor house, ancestral home of the family of George Washington, the first President of the United States

Defunct museums[edit]

Memorabilia from one of Tyne & Wear's defunct museums. This guide of about 1980 is now at Discovery Museum. The entire document is on Wiki Commons (use Park 1>6.jpg in sequence to reach it. Remember this is a historical and not a current document.


  1. ^ Geograph image of Dial Cottage
  2. ^ Flickr sourced image taken inside this museum when it was open in 1994.
  3. ^ "Newcastle's Military Vehicle Museum building for sale", BBC News, November 12, 2011
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-05-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "Former Newcastle United Chairman Freddy Shepherd To Reopen Museum In Exhibition Park", Sky Tyne and Wear, May 18, 2012

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