Roman Army Museum
Open: 10am-5pm. Closed Dec to early Feb. Adult £5.00, Student/OAP £4.25, Child £2.75, Family (2+2) £14. This must see museum stands next to Walltown Crags, one of the highest standing sections of Hadrian’s Wall. Fabulous new exhibitions in three exciting galleries allow you to immerse yourself in the life of the Roman army.
Ryhope Engines Museum
Open: 2pm-4.30pm Sundays only. Special event weekends 11am-4pm. Call for further details. Free admission. Two fine old beam engines demonstrate the best in Victorian engineering along with displays and exhibitions of Victorian and water-related articles. The engines are actually ‘in steam’ on bank holidays only.
Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Tees Valley
Smuggling was like ye old DVD piracy, and in this museum you will learn of John Andrew ‘King of the Smugglers’. If he was alive today, he would be the fellow in the back of the cinema with a video camera in his top hat. The museum is set in an ancient fisherman’s cottage and it adjoins The Ship pub, so when you’ve finished with the smuggling, you can begin the guzzling. Open: July-Aug 10am-6pm daily. Sept 10am-6pm Wed-Sun. Adult £1.95, Child £1.45, Family £5.80.
Saltburn Studios and Gallery
The Saltburn Gallery exhibits a wide variety of different art forms from a range of artists and aims to create an inspirational environment for artists, curators, educationalists and the community.This gallery is a participant in the Arts Council’s “Own Art” scheme which aims to make it easy and affordable for everyone to buy contemporary works of art. For more information please visit: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/ownart
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
Segedunum Roman Fort
2 Buddle Street, Wallsend
Segedunum 2015-16 opening times Until March 31 2015 10am - 2:30pm 1 April to 31 May 10am - 4:30pm 1 June to 31 August to 10am - 5pm 1 September to 1 November 10am - 4pm 2 November to 31 March 2106 10am - 2.30pm Café / shop open from 8.45am weekdays and 9.15am weekends 2015-16 admission prices at Segedunum Adults: £5.50 Concessions: £3.50 Children (16 and under): Free Adult season ticket: £11.00 Concession season ticket: £7.00 Group (10+): Adult: £4.25 Concession: £2.75 Group with guided tour (10+): Adult: £7.25 Concession: £5.40 Discover what life was like at the last outpost of the Roman Empire. Displays chronicle the changes at Wallsend from Roman times to present day. Segedunum features the only reconstructed bath-house in the country, and also provides a chance to see the original remains of Hadrian’s Wall.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Book
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm. Adults £6.50, child £5.50 (under 4’s free), family ticket £19 Seven Stories is Britain’s first gallery and archive dedicated to children’s books, situated in an imaginatively converted Victorian mill. Discover exhibitions, events and activities inspired by children’s books and the centre’s growing collection of original manuscripts and illustrations. A thoroughly entertaining experience. Includes a great bookshop and café.
Shieldfield Art Works
1 Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne
Open Tuesday - Friday 11am - 4pm and selected Saturdays 1pm - 4pm. A contemporary art gallery and arts centre in a former Methodist Church. A partnership between The Biscuit Factory and the Methodist Church, Shieldfield Art Works main aim is to encourage the production and exhibition of contemporary art and to contribute to the wider community and cultural renewal of Newcastle, particularly in the East End. Working alongside charities, the universities, faith groups, schools, artist collectives and other professional partners, Shieldfield Art Works presents a wide variety of exhibitions cultural events and educational opportunities in the growing Newcastle arts quarter as well as contributing to the wider discourse of religion in contemporary art.
Shipley Art Gallery
Tues-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-5pm. Free The Shipley is the north-east’s leading gallery of design and contemporary craft. The stunning Designs for Life gallery showcases over 300 objects from the collections. The Shipley also houses an outstanding painting collection including William Irving’s The Blaydon Races. A varied programme of temporary exhibitions are held each year including many partner exhibitions with large National Museums and Galleries such as the V&A in London.
Tue-Sun 11am-5pm. Free Since opening in 1977, Side Gallery has achieved a legendary reputation in documentary photography. Alongside the exhibition of international work by many of the world’s leading photographers, the gallery continues to commission an unparalleled documentation of northern lives and landscapes. Exhibitions are often accompanied by talks and events.
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11am-4pm Closed: Dec 19-Jan 8 This art gallery space has been specially refurbished using Arts Council England funding to enable an enhanced display of the works of art in the collection and to create a spotlight loan area.
Stephenson Railway Museum
Open: April-October weekends. Daily during school holidays. 11am-4pm. Museum admission is free. Train rides: Adult £2.45, Conc. £1.20, family £6.10. Explore the history of railways from steam to coal to electricity through interactive media and 'hands-on' exhibits. There's also the chance to re-live the days of the steam railway and take a ride on a real steam train.