Discover Sunderland’s fascinating history in one place. With a collection dating back to 1846 there are plenty of surprises at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Perhaps the most famous object of all is Wallace the Lion.
Wallace was part of a touring wild animal show which visited Sunderland during the 1800s with the then famous African tamer Martini Maccomo. When he died, some years later Wallace the lion, came into the Museum’s collection and remains one of our most popular exhibits. Over 135 years later, he’s still here…posing for selfies! – Please note Wallace in currently on holiday and will be back with us in mid-2019.
You’ll also find hundreds of other amazing objects like the first Nissan car to roll off the production line at their Sunderland factory in 1986. Galleries cover the shipbuilding, glass and pottery making industries the Anglo-Saxon period and many other aspects of the city’s past.
The Art Gallery shows a significant collection of the works of LS Lowry an artist who spent lots of time in Sunderland and our temporary exhibition and events programme mean that there is always something new and exciting to see and do for all the family.
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.
Please note that the Pottery Gallery is occasionally closed to the general public due to special events taking place. Please contact us before your visit to check opening information.
Entry to the museum is free but donations are welcome.