Tales of South Tyneside

See how South Tyneside has changed over the last 150 years.

two children ride Muffin the Mule



Visitor information

Opening times

Monday 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 10am - 5pm

Wednesday 10am - 5pm

Thursday 10am - 5pm

Friday 10am - 5pm

Saturday 11am - 4pm

Sunday closed

Free entry


See how dramatically South Tyneside has changed over the last two centuries, from the boom in the Victorian times to the decline of major industries along the Tyne and the regeneration of the region recently.

Find the stories of local people and how they lived, worked, played and fought over the years. See a replica early 20th century kitchen, find out more about the bravery of John Simpson Kirkpatrick and see the impact the decline of key industries had on the area.