South Shields Museum & Art Gallery explores the story of South Tyneside through sensational displays, hands-on exhibits and stunning art. The Museum has three main displays: Tales of South Tynesid...

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA
South Shields

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery


South Shields Museum & Art Gallery explores the story of South Tyneside through sensational displays, hands-on exhibits and stunning art. The Museum has three main displays: Tales of South Tyneside, which explores the local and social history of the area during the twentieth century together with the lifetime achievement of the successful local author Catherine Cookson. Art Adventure takes a fresh approach to the interpretation of many of the Museum's paintings. Changing Faces charts the history of South Tyneside from the Bronze Age to the twentieth century through the Museum's archaeological, natural and historical collections. The museum has regular exhibitions and a range of activities and events to suit all ages. Most of the events, like the Museum, are free of charge.

Find us at...

  • South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
  • Ocean Road
  • South Shields
  • NE33 2JA

Our At-Home Activities

  • Ways to Play: Create

    Using your imagination and items from South Shields Museum & Art Gallery you can create your own wonderful, original stories. 

    6 - 11 years
    Age Friendly
  • Ways to Play - Pretend

    Transport yourself with friends and family into the painting Red Groyne by Sheila Graber, from South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. Create an imaginary world full of sounds, smells, sensations...

    6 - 11 years
  • Take One Treasure Home Learning

    Take One Treasure Challenge - activities inspired by the museum collection.

    5 - 15 years

Our Physical Events

In light of the coronavirus emergency, please contact us directly to check if events are going ahead.
  • FREE
    South Shields

    Sheila from Shields, her cat and the rainbow

    17-May-2021 10:00 AM - 30-Oct-2021 16:00 PM

    This family-friendly exhibition brings together the full range of Graber’s engaging and passionate work, including landscapes, portraits and delightful animations. Her playful and humorous carto...

    2 - 16 years
    5/17/2021 10:00:00 AM 10/30/2021 4:00:00 PM

    This family-friendly exhibition brings together the full range of Graber’s engaging and passionate work, including landscapes, portraits and delightful animations. Her playful and humorous carto...

    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
    South Shields Museum, Ocean Road Tyne and Wear NE33 2JA
  • FREE
    South Shields

    Pawprints & Origa-MEOW

    10-Aug-2021 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

    Have fun turning your finger-prints into FELINES (and other creatures). Whilst you wait for the paint to dry, fold colourful papers into PUSSYCATS to help create our mega ‘origa-MEOW’ rain...

    3 - 16 years
    8/10/2021 10:30:00 AM 8/10/2021 11:30:00 AM

    Have fun turning your finger-prints into FELINES (and other creatures). Whilst you wait for the paint to dry, fold colourful papers into PUSSYCATS to help create our mega ‘origa-MEOW’ rain...

    Pawprints & Origa-MEOW
    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, NE33 2JA
  • FREE
    South Shields

    Pawprints & Origa-MEOW

    10-Aug-2021 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

    Have fun turning your finger-prints into FELINES (and other creatures). Whilst you wait for the paint to dry, fold colourful papers into PUSSYCATS to help create our mega ‘origa-MEOW’ rain...

    3 - 16 years
    8/10/2021 11:30:00 AM 8/10/2021 12:30:00 PM

    Have fun turning your finger-prints into FELINES (and other creatures). Whilst you wait for the paint to dry, fold colourful papers into PUSSYCATS to help create our mega ‘origa-MEOW’ rain...

    Pawprints & Origa-MEOW
    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, NE33 2JA
  • FREE
    South Shields

    Pawprints & Origa-MEOW

    10-Aug-2021 12:45 PM - 13:45 PM
    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

    Have fun turning your finger-prints into FELINES (and other creatures). Whilst you wait for the paint to dry, fold colourful papers into PUSSYCATS to help create our mega ‘origa-MEOW’ rain...

    3 - 16 years
    8/10/2021 12:45:00 PM 8/10/2021 1:45:00 PM

    Have fun turning your finger-prints into FELINES (and other creatures). Whilst you wait for the paint to dry, fold colourful papers into PUSSYCATS to help create our mega ‘origa-MEOW’ rain...

    Pawprints & Origa-MEOW
    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, NE33 2JA
  • FREE
    South Shields

    Pawprints & Origa-MEOW

    10-Aug-2021 13:45 PM - 14:45 PM
    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

    Have fun turning your finger-prints into FELINES (and other creatures). Whilst you wait for the paint to dry, fold colourful papers into PUSSYCATS to help create our mega ‘origa-MEOW’ rain...

    3 - 16 years
    8/10/2021 1:45:00 PM 8/10/2021 2:45:00 PM

    Have fun turning your finger-prints into FELINES (and other creatures). Whilst you wait for the paint to dry, fold colourful papers into PUSSYCATS to help create our mega ‘origa-MEOW’ rain...

    Pawprints & Origa-MEOW
    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, NE33 2JA
  • FREE
    South Shields

    Pawprints & Origa-MEOW

    10-Aug-2021 15:00 PM - 16:00 PM
    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

    Have fun turning your finger-prints into FELINES (and other creatures). Whilst you wait for the paint to dry, fold colourful papers into PUSSYCATS to help create our mega ‘origa-MEOW’ rain...

    3 - 16 years
    8/10/2021 3:00:00 PM 8/10/2021 4:00:00 PM

    Have fun turning your finger-prints into FELINES (and other creatures). Whilst you wait for the paint to dry, fold colourful papers into PUSSYCATS to help create our mega ‘origa-MEOW’ rain...

    Pawprints & Origa-MEOW
    South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, NE33 2JA
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