Christmas at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

From train rides to craft sessions and festive markets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas season at our venues across Tyneside.

Christmas opening hours

Visitors are advised of the following changes to normal opening hours at our venues over the festive period.

Segedunum Roman Fort - Closed 3 December - 7 January inclusive. 

Hatton GalleryClosed 17 December - 1 January inclusive. 

Shipley Art GalleryClosed 17 December - 1 January inclusive. 

South Shields Museum & Art GalleryClosed 24 December - 30 January inclusive. 

Tyne & Wear ArchivesClosed 24 December - 1 January inclusive. 

Great North Museum: HancockClosed 24-26 December and 1 January. 

Discovery MuseumClosed 24 December - 1 January inclusive. 

Laing Art GalleryClosed 24-26 December and 31 December - 1 January inclusive. 

Arbeia, South Shields Roman FortClosed until 25 March 2024 (except for special events and school/group visits). 

Stephenson Steam RailwayClosed until 29 March 2024 (except for Elf ExpressWinter Warmers and school visits). 

Christmas Gift Guide

Take a look below at our selection of Christmas gifts in the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums online shop.

Make sure to order by Sunday 10 December (UK) to guarantee delivery before Christmas. Orders made after this date will not arrive before Christmas.