Situated in the heart of the city, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens offers four floors of exciting galleries and exhibitions waiting to be discovered. The wonderful Winter Gardens feature a treetop walkway offering birds-eye views of the plants within the winter gardens and the city of Sunderland.
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Sunderland Museum, Library and Winter Gardens has a collection dating back to 1846. Discover Sunderland’s colourful past and learn the story of the city, its people and of fascinating worlds beyond. The Free to enter attraction is a great choice if you are looking for fun stuff to do with the kids.
Wallace The Lion
The most famous attraction is undoubtedly Wallace The Lion. Wallace was part of a touring wild animal show during the 1800s with the then-famous African tamer Martini Maccomo. Wallace came into the Museum’s collection following Maccomo’s death 135 years ago and has remained there ever since as one of the most popular exhibits.
Exhibitions at Sunderland Museum
You’ll find hundreds of amazing items showcased at the museum such as the first Nissan car to roll off the production line at the Sunderland Nissan factory in 1986. Galleries at the Sunderland Museum also display pieces from the shipbuilding, glass and pottery making industries in Sunderland, as well as works from the Anglo-Saxon period and many other antiquities from the city’s past.
The museum runs a programme of special exhibitions featuring both their own amazing collections as well as some of the nation’s treasures. It is home to the only known British example of a gliding reptile, the remains of a Siberian walrus and a large collection of Sunderland Lustreware pottery, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a great experience for all ages.
Why not browse The Art Gallery within the museum, which contains a significant collection of works by artist L.S. Lowry? This artist spent a lot of time in Sunderland. Exhibitions change regularly, meaning that there’s always something new and interesting for visitors to see.
One of the highlights is the Winter Gardens, a 21st Century addition to the museum. This enclosed tropical paradise sees over 2,000 plants thrive in the glass rotunda. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the plants and also the adjacent Mowbray Park and the city from the treetop walkway,
Travelling to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Sunderland Museum is located adjacent to Mowbray Park on Burden Road in Sunderland city centre. It is a five-minute walk from Market Square, as well as a five-minute walk from Sunderland Metro Station. If travelling by car, it is best to use one of the city centre car parks.
There are lots of places to stay in Sunderland. Travelodge Sunderland Central is only a short walk from the attraction. Alternatively if would like to explore some of the other attractions in the area then take a look at the self-catering cottages available from Snaptrip.
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