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. First Tuesday of the month at 10.30am.

Tue 7 Nov 2023 - South Shields Museum

Tue 5 Dec 2023 - Discovery Museum

Tue 6 Feb 2024 - Laing Art Gallery 

Tue 5 Mar 2024 - Shipley Art Gallery

Free events

Slow Museums

A welcoming environment for anyone who needs more time to visit museums and galleries. Various dates at 2pm.

Thu 19 Oct 2023Great North Museum: Hancock

Mon 6 Nov 2023South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

Tue 5 Dec 2023Shipley Art Gallery

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 23 Feb 2024 - Laing Art Gallery

Fri  26 April 2024 - Laing Art Gallery

Fri 31 May 2024 - Laing Art Gallery

Fri 28 June 2024 - Laing Art Gallery


Free exhibitions

Newcastle Story
Permanent exhibition, Discovery Museum

Destination Tyneside
Permanent exhibition, Discovery Museum

Matt Rugg: Connecting Form
Until 13 January 2024, Hatton Gallery

Living Planet
Permanent exhibition, Great North Museum: Hancock

Fossil Stories
Permanent exhibition, Great North Museum: Hancock

Ancient Egypt
Permanent exhibition, Great North Museum: Hancock

Free exhibitions

Northern Spirit
Permanent exhibition, Laing Art Gallery

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