South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

Newcastle & Gateshead

South Shields Museum celebrates the rich heritage of South Tyneside and the people who shaped it. The art gallery shows temporary exhibitions and works from the collection.

The building that South Shields Museum & Art Gallery currently occupies has had a long and interesting past, having been constructed originally as a home for the South Shields Literary, Mechanical and Scientific Institution. In 1873 the building became the town’s first free Public Library and Reading rooms, before opening as a museum in 1876.

The museum is spread over two floors, telling the story of the borough’s social, industrial and maritime history from 4,000 years ago to the present day through a range of displays and nationally significant works of art — and the art gallery on the first floor holds regular temporary exhibitions.

Ocean Road South Shields NE33 2JA

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  • Mon 10am – 5pm
  • Tue 10am – 5pm
  • Wed 10am – 5pm
  • Thu 10am – 5pm
  • Fri 10am – 5pm
  • Sat 11am – 4pm
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