Sitting just outside Middlesbrough town centre, the Dorman Museum is a great day out for everyone.

Family friendly galleries including Earth in Space and the popular H2O exhibition with it unique interactive ‘fish floor’ help to engage young minds.

The Nelson Room’s ornithology display is an unusual reminder of the museum’s Edwardian origin; the taxidermy birds and eggs were bequeathed by Thomas Hudson Nelson’s wife and the display remains unchanged today, giving a fascinating insight into how the museum looked over one hundred years ago.

The Dorman Museum is proud to hold the largest public collection of works designed by Dr. Christopher Dresser, the father of modern industrial design. From chairs to teapots, plates to door knockers, Dresser did not limit his considerable talents to one type of design. He was also instrumental in establishing the extremely illustrious but short-lived Linthorpe Art Pottery in the late 1800s. The museum holds an extensive collection of Linthorpe ware, from ornate jardinières to small but vibrantly-glazed cruet sets.

Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm, closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays). Visit the website for full details including seasonal closures, and to learn more about temporary exhibitions.

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