Everyone deserves a warm welcome

Our nine venues offer a warm welcome, free facilities and free events to make you feel at home.

Visiting a museum or gallery is good for your physical and mental health.

Here for you

Free facilities and events to make you feel at home

  • Free entry and regular free events 
  • Free Wi-Fi and spaces to sit and rest
  • Accessible buildings, toilets and baby changing facilities 

Three good reasons to visit

  • Inspiration at every turn
  • Meet people and make friends
  • Find out about your local area in a safe space at your own pace

Free events

Museum Socials

A free, drop-in coffee morning at the museum. Various dates at 10.30am.

21 May 2024 - Great North Museum: Hancock

26 Jun 2024 - Stephenson Steam Railway 

23 July 2024 - Laing Art Gallery 

10 Sep 2024 - Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort

Free events

Meet @ the Laing

A great opportunity to meet new people, socialise and improve your wellbeing. Last Friday of the month at 10.30am.

Fri 31 May 2024 - Laing Art Gallery

Fri 28 June 2024 - Laing Art Gallery


Free events

Slow Museums

A welcoming environment for anyone who needs more time to visit museums and galleries. New dates coming soon.

Free exhibitions

Newcastle Story
Permanent exhibition, Discovery Museum

Destination Tyneside
Permanent exhibition, Discovery Museum

Living Planet
Permanent exhibition, Great North Museum: Hancock

Fossil Stories
Permanent exhibition, Great North Museum: Hancock

Ancient Egypt
Permanent exhibition, Great North Museum: Hancock

Northern Spirit
Permanent exhibition, Laing Art Gallery

Free exhibitions

100 Years of Collecting
Permanent exhibition, Laing Art Gallery

SCRAN! A History of Food & Drink in South Tyneside
Until 25 January 2025, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

Tales of South Tyneside
Permanent exhibition, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

Treasures from the Collection 
Permanent exhibition, Shipley Art Gallery

Designs for Life
Permanent exhibition, Shipley Art Gallery

Killingworth Billy
Permanent exhibition, Stephenson Steam Railway