Plan Your Visit


The Museum Shop and Library are open as normal.

If you had a pre-purchased Leonardo da Vinci ticket for one of the days we were closed, Thursday 21 – Monday 25 February and would like to organise a refund or exchange, or would like to purchase future Leonardo tickets, or just have a general query you can contact us at or call us on
0191 515 2323 or pop into the Museum.

Many thanks. 

Opening Times

Please note our new opening times, which have been changed slightly for Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing Exhibition.

Monday: 10am – 5pm

Tuesday: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday: 10am – 7pm (Late night opening)

Thursday: 10am – 7pm (Late night opening)

Friday: 10am – 5pm

Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: 12noon – 4pm


City Library Opening Times

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9.30am – 7pm
Sunday: closed


Burdon Road
Tyne and Wear


By car
Take the exit at Jct 62 on A1 northbound or southbound
Follow A690 for Sunderland
Then A1231 for Hendon, follow signs for Civic Centre on Burdon Road.

Take the exit for A183 on A19 southbound
Take the exit for A690 on A19 northbound
Then A1231 for Hendon, follow signs for Civic Centre on Burdon Road

By Metro/Train
The nearest Tyne & Wear Metro station is Sunderland. This station also operates trains to Newcastle and Middlesbrough and is about 100m walk from the Museum

By bus
Numerous buses stop along Fawcett Street, Borough Road and Burdon Road, all of which are within two minutes walk of the Museum. These include Stagecoach buses 23, E1, E6 plus Go North East 33, 35 and 36.


The Museum and Winter Gardens is on the edge of Mowbray Park in the city centre, we do not have our own dedicated car park.

The nearest pay and display car park is at the Civic Centre, approximately 200m from the Museum and Winter Gardens entrance, down hill along Burdon Road. Tatham Street open air car park is also close by. The entrance to the Museum is approximately 400m walk, past Tavistock Place then either along the North Terrace of the Park or along Borough Road. There are several designated bays for disabled drivers close to the Museum entrance on Burdon Road and some on John Street approx 100m away.

About us

Admission is FREE for everyone. Some exhibitions may have a charge. Donations are welcome.

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The Winter Gardens

The Winter Gardens, a 21st Century addition to the museum, is a tropical paradise.

Over 2,000 plants thrive in the glass rotunda and from the tree top walkway visitors have a bird’s eye view of beautiful Mowbray Park.

You can also pay a visit to our exotic resident Koi Carp!

Access and Facilities

Admission is free for everyone. Some exhibitions may have a charge.

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Permanent Exhibitions & Collections

From our Coal Gallery to our Worlds Alive exhibition there’s something for all the family to learn about and enjoy, click below for information on all the galleries you can see on your visit