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Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP, England
+44 191 561 2323
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Unexpected quality museum, gardens and art gallery

Spent a couple of hours here visiting the fabulous museum which is great for kids of all ages. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
TheBorderers
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Melrose, United Kingdom
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Well worth a visit if you're in the area, but rather short hours

From what I saw, it was a decent little museum. The only disappointment was the rather short... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mike C
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London, United Kingdom
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Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend a day, giving you lots to see and do. Situated in the heart of the city, the museum has four floors of exciting galleries and exhibitions waiting to be discovered. Learn the story of the city and its people and of fascinating worlds beyond. A programme of special exhibitions features both our own amazing collections as well as some of the nation's treasures, brought here through out links with national museums. Regular events and activities for all ages, mean that there are so many reasons to come back, again and again. Admission to the museum is free. Charges may apply to some exhibitions. Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm and 12 - 4pm Sundays
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Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours here visiting the fabulous museum which is great for kids of all ages. The animal exhibits were really good but I particularly enjoyed the art gallery. They were showing some L S Lowry paintings which was a super surprise and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

From what I saw, it was a decent little museum. The only disappointment was the rather short opening hours; having popped in mid afternoon I was rather surprised to then find that it closes at 4pm, even at weekends. Surely it would make more sense...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth seeing if only to see Raich Carters Medals and international caps. The group include a first division winners medal from 1936 and an FA cup winners medal from 1937. Nice galleries about mining and other industries relating to Sunderland. Wnter Gardens relatively small but...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free entry to the museum and Winter Gardens. Beautiful Koi Carp and dinosaurs in the undergrowth great for kids. Excellent displays for the mining industry in the area also for Sunderland Pottery, glass and textiles. I would go back again and spend more time there.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cafe has been open about 7 years and this was our first visit today. When we walked in I thought that it had just recently opened as we had not noticed it before, as it looked newly decorated and very clean. We ordered fruit...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm very surprised by the negative comments here. I'm southern up in the north east on holiday. I really enjoyed the museum. It's really nice, free and I learned a lot about the city. Gardens were nice too. Someone wrote they was expecting something similar...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend & I have been to the Museum quite a few times & thought we would go to the Naval Heroes exhibition. So disappointing....a couple of paintings, 1 letter, 1 telescope & a few other pieces were pathetic. The Museum is now dated &...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

I have been to this museum many many times, and as with all museums there is much to see but the problem here is there needs to be a lot more effort put in. A lot of the inter active exhibits don't work which is...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

This was a lovely place to visit. It benefited from millions under a park regeneration programme however, once the money ran out the Council just let standards and services slip. No good blaming national government for local governmrnt neglect.

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Reviewed 5 July 2018

On short visit to Sunderland, we were told the winter garden was well worth a visit. Some confusion about precise location and parking but found winter garden great, (a bit like a scaled down version of Cornwall's Eden Project but FREE) Museum also wonderful and...More

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Not on the premises but if you are lucky you might find on the nearby streets pay and display
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Really accessible - every part is accessible via ramp or lift. Equally accessible for prams or wheelchairs.
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