Museums & Galleries

National Glass Centre with blue sky
Monkwearmouth Station Museum exterior
The museum is housed in an outstanding grade 2* listed 1840s station building, commissioned by the famous railway entrepreneur George Hudson, displaying many original features such as the ticket booths, fireplaces and shuttered windows. The station has once again been brought to life through...
National Glass Centre
Sit and have a coffee by the river overlooking the busy Port, take a walk on the glass roof if you dare and watch a demonstration of glass blowing, you can even have a go yourself!
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Arts
This large gallery on the top floor of the library is a hidden gem. Its programme of art has gained great critical acclaim, often featuring the work of exciting emerging artists. Young children can channel their inspiration into creating their own masterpiece in the Drawing Room.
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Discover the history of the city from its prehistoric past to the present day. Exciting displays interpret the wide variety of collections, using hands-on exhibits, media interactive stations and video presentations. Visit the Koi Carp in the Winter Gardens, climb to the top and look down over the...
Washington 'F' Pit
Step back in time and remember the region's coalmining heritage. See the impressive winding engine which once took pitmen to the coalface and brought coal to the surface, now operated by an electric motor. The 'F' pit, which was sunk in 1777, became the largest coal-producing pit at the colliery...

Did you know?

Perhaps Sunderland's most prominent landmark is Penshaw Monument. It was built in 1844 in honour of the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton. Penshaw was modelled on Theseion, the Temple of Thesus in Athens.


RT @SunderlandVibe: Sunderland's Festive Film event starts tomorrow at @SundMuseum #SundVibe #sunderlandhour 8 hours 22 min ago
RT @SundMuseum: @SunderlandVibe Looking forward to it. Feeling really Christmassy now :-) 8 hours 22 min ago
And here is @icecreamvanman Stephenson's Rocket in the flesh... err in the cardboard actually. 8 hours 51 min ago
The @icecreamvanman built Stephenson's Rocket is at @MWStationMuseum and it just has to be seen #ChooChoo #lovetrains 8 hours 55 min ago
'@icecreamvanman is at @MWStationMuseum courtesy @Cultural_Spring’s-stephenson’s-rocket-pulls-monkwearmouth-station 8 hours 56 min ago
RT @Cultural_Spring: Lovely piece by @MadeinTyneWear about @FitzroviaNoir @icecreamvanman & #streetartheroes - we've put it on our website … 8 hours 56 min ago
RT @NGCAsunderland: Great day with @theresaeaston & Castle View Academy - checking out the public art in #Sunderland 9 hours 23 min ago
RT @WWTWashington: Due to the high winds, our Chilean flamingo flock has been housed for the evening and may well remain in there tomorrow … 9 hours 25 min ago
RT @sunnyjimbaz: Dykelands Road steps, Seaburn beach.Bucket on the beach 9 hours 26 min ago
RT @bunkeruk: Singing Club. Saturday Mornings from 10-11am. £5 per session, ages 8-18 welcome. 9 hours 29 min ago

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