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 objects 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 an 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 a bird’s eye view of beautiful Mowbray Park.

Please note that the Pottery Gallery is occasionally closed to the general public due to special events taking place. Please contact the museum before your visit to check opening information.

Entry to the museum is free but donations are welcome.

For full information on accessing the museum and what you can see here, click here

Trip Advisor Click here

AccessAble Click here

 

 

Attraction/Venue Information

Things to do nearby

Events nearby

Accommodation nearby

Did you know?

L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.

Twitter

We're really looking forward to this fantastic new event ! Can't wait! https://t.co/tu5evYiaCV 7 hours 12 min ago
RT : Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer - Dancer, comedian and all-round good egg Shane Shambhu brings his heartwar… https://t.co/dxZtaOax0C 1 day 8 hours ago
RT : Next Monday there's a Sunderland Stages Writers Project interactive workshop, with playwright - his latest… https://t.co/ojAniYdH2M 1 day 11 hours ago
RT : It’s a Wrap. A dozen rather canny mirror moments from on Saturday. A myriad of possible usage option… https://t.co/yV9t9bR8iR 1 day 11 hours ago
RT : Did you know that here we have spacious room hire facilities available for meetings or conferences at o… https://t.co/NqTSj4qXpz 1 day 11 hours ago
RT : Love this... What a little beauty our Ryhope Engines Museum is! 😍 https://t.co/DPiiWUOQ0z 2 days 6 hours ago
The sun has arrived in and what better way to spend a splendid day outdoors with the kids than finding… https://t.co/41EwJfFYjI 5 days 14 hours ago
You’re welcome, very happy to support such an amazing place! 6 days 12 hours ago
It's steaming weekend at the fabulous and fascinating Ryhope Engines Museum! There's also a classic car show! (We… https://t.co/VRG1wlYfMQ 6 days 13 hours ago
RT : KEEP CALM... We’re only opening our doors to the public this weekend & we can’t wait! 🤗 Free entry for everyone th… https://t.co/INEsyaCcoY 6 days 13 hours ago
A brilliant day 🐰 🐣 ☀️ https://t.co/oUVangYSt7 1 week 2 hours ago
Perfect weather, and long overdue after a lot of chilly Penshaw Bowls! 1 week 6 hours ago
More and more people are signing up for this year's BIG 3K Run - many to help raise money for charity.… https://t.co/rJc5Z97Wcj 1 week 6 hours ago
We’ve had thousands of visitors with some brilliant eggs, THE Easter bunny, donkeys, kites, too many sports to ment… https://t.co/8vAnaGWjYz 1 week 7 hours ago
RT : Uncover the spectacular view of the North East landscape from Sunderland's Penshaw Monument. https://t.co/isAlsVd8K6 1 week 7 hours ago

Facebook

Download the See it Do it app

Sign up to our newsletter

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
2 + 0 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.