Plan Your Visit

Opening times

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is open:

Monday – Friday, 9.30am-5pm*: Museum Shop, Ground Floor Galleries and Library

*Late night opening on Wednesday until 7pm.

Monday – Friday 10am-4pm: Upper Level Galleries including the Art and Special Exhibitions Galleries

Monday – Friday 10am-5pm: Winter Gardens

Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday: Closed

Before your visit we recommend you check our Keeping You Safe page to read about the continued measures we have in place to keep our visitors safe.


Burdon Road
Tyne and Wear

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By car
Take the exit at Jct 62 on A1 northbound or southbound
Follow A690 for Sunderland
Then A1231 for Hendon and then head onto Burdon Road

Take the exit for A183 on A19 southbound
Take the exit for A690 on A19 northbound
Then A1231 for Hendon and then head onto 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.

You can find and book coach and train timetables on Trainline.

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.


Cycling maps of the city can be found here. There are five cycle racks outside the entrance to Sunderland Museum.

cycling maps of sunderland

Find out about the Sunderland Better Points App and earn rewards by going green! Changing just one journey a week can make a real difference.

Sunderland better points app


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

Tatham Street open air pay and display car park is close by. Please note Tatham Street Carpark does not take cash payments. Payment can be made through the RingGo App, which can be downloaded via Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

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.

To see all car parks near to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens please click here.

Planning on visiting Sunderland for longer? Find out everything the city has to offer at MySunderland.


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!

From Monday 6 November, the Treetop Walkway in the Winter Gardens is currently only accessible via the staircase. Repairs are taking place to the Scenic lift which may also impact at times on movement through some nearby sections of the gardens at ground level.  We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to our visitors whilst this work is underway.


We work hard to ensure our venue and programme are accessible for all visitors. Find out more to help you prepare for your visit.

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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.

Find out which collections will be open on your visit.


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