Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Family having fun at Sunderland Museum

Discover Sunderland’s fascinating history in one place. With a collection dating back to 1846 there are plenty of surprises at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Perhaps the most famous object of all is Wallace the Lion.

Wallace was part of a touring wild animal show which visited Sunderland during the 1800s with the then famous African tamer Martini Maccomo. When he died, some years later Wallace the lion, came into the Museum’s collection and remains  one of the most popular exhibits. Over 135 years later, he’s still here…posing for selfies!

You’ll also find hundreds of other amazing object like the first Nissan car to roll off the production line at their Sunderland factory in 1986. Galleries cover the shipbuilding, glass and pottery making industries the Anglo-Saxon period and many other aspects of the city’s past.

The Art Gallery shows a significant collection of the works of LS Lowry and artist who spent lots of time in Sunderland. The temporary exhibition and events programme mean that there is always something new and exciting to see and do for all the family.

The Winter Gardens, a 21st Century addition to the museum is a tropical paradise. Over 2,000 plants thrive in the glass rotunda and from the tree top walkway visitors have bird’s eye view of beautiful Mowbray Park.

Attraction/Venue Information

Things to do nearby

Events nearby

Accommodation nearby

Did you know?

Blockbuster West End shows are staged at the Sunderland Empire, the biggest theatre between Edinbugh and Manchester.

Twitter

RT : Finally we have blue skies and sunshine! Just in time for arriving shortly https://t.co/trhXrMACuE 12 hours 55 min ago
Nice deckchair 😉 https://t.co/kOCYIuWqb0 15 hours 52 min ago
RT : Heading down to this weekend? Make sure you pop along to the pop up city by for a chance… https://t.co/Zu8z4eqbgg 18 hours 3 min ago
RT : We're monitoring the weather but at the moment everything is still going ahead as planned 20 hours 34 min ago
RT : What's On Autumn 17, a superb selection of shows... Theatre, music, comedy and art for all! - https://t.co/ATOpDxnAqV 1 day 13 hours ago
You can see a sneak preview of tonight at as part of the musical extravaga… https://t.co/DOdRafNXJU 1 day 15 hours ago
RT : Date for the diaries! will be officially opened on Nov 23 with a spectacular live event https://t.co/2afxe1MsOE 4 days 9 hours ago
If you're going to or just like to keep up-to-date with what's happening, give our friends a follow. 5 days 8 hours ago
Yes! makes it through to the shortlist for UK City of Culture 2021. Well done everyone involved. 1 week 1 day ago
RT : Free weekly runs in Mowbray Park. Ran by fantastic volunteers so get yourselves down and say hi 👋 https://t.co/7UKUWtKKTo 1 week 1 day ago
It's this Saturday, and it's FREE. Head to Thompson Park for great music, workshops, kids activitie… https://t.co/2E0VwWZptJ 1 week 4 days ago
Thank you and good bye HMS Ocean ⚓️ https://t.co/UKaIuOdXZH 1 week 4 days ago
One year exactly until The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 and we can't wait! https://t.co/GhcIyedvzp 1 week 4 days ago

Facebook

Download the See it Do it app

Sign up to our newsletter

Supporting the Sunderland City of Culture bid 2021