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Visitors of all ages will find plenty to spark their imagination at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. Housed in South Shields’ former Literary, Mechanical and Scientific Institution, this museum has been preserving South Tyneside’s social, industrial and maritime history since 1860. It’s home to an impressive collection of exhibits from the Bronze Age to the 20th century which capture the social history of the area from shipping and mining to sea rescue (the lifeboat was invented in South Shields in 1789).

“Our main exhibition for summer 2017 is Little Landmarks, which is South Shields’ buildings recreated in Lego,” Geoff explains. “We’ve commissioned 10 local landmarks that we’ll have on display and we’re inviting people to go and see the actual buildings as well. Then later in the year we’re getting Bones from the Great North Museum.”

Throughout the school holidays South Shields Museum run Tremendous Tuesdays, where children can take part in crafts and activities inspired by the exhibitions, and fans of all things creepy and crawly will be delighted to find that the museum has its very own Creature Corner where you can see live snakes, spiders and lizards too.

The Museum is also home to a state of the art gallery space which was opened last year, and shows work by important local artists alongside masterpieces borrowed from national galleries through the Spotlight Loan Programme. In the past year they’ve shown a Renoir alongside local coastal scenes, as well as a Turner painting of the River Tyne.

“We’ve got a Lowry exhibition on at the moment,” Geoff says. “Lowry spent a lot of time in South Shields, particularly in the last 15 years of his life. He liked watching the ships coming in and out of the River Tyne. He would sketch them and then work them up into full-scale drawings back in the studio.” The exhibition runs until 9 September 2017.

Be sure to round off your visit with a trip to The Victorian Pantry, the museum’s vintage-inspired, on-site cafe where you’ll find a range of homemade treats served by staff in traditional costume.

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