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, Winter Gardens and Bennelli’s Cafe

Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Sunday, Closed

The Scenic Lift to the Treetop Walkway is currently out of use.  The lift in the Winter Gardens has experienced technical issues for some time despite many attempts to have it repaired and operational.  The Museum team is now working hard to consider a longer term solution for the lift and we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers whilst this is underway.

The museum will continue with our Covid secure arrangements after 19 July including expecting visitors to continue to wear face coverings and keeping our distance when visiting because we know that this, together with things like washing our hands, ventilating rooms and meeting outside where possible, helps to protect others

Before you visit, we recommend you check out our Keeping you Safe pages 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, 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.

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.


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.

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

Keeping You Safe

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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!

The Scenic Lift to the Treetop Walkway is currently out of use.

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.

Find out which collections will be open on your visit.