Museums

Find information on the council owned museums in Northumberland including opening times, charges and exhibitions, together with links to other museums in the County.

Berwick Museum & Art Gallery

Discover the historic town of Berwick, looking and listening to the sights and sounds of the past. Find out about Berwick’s heroic Medieval story, wonder at the treasures collected by millionaire Sir William Burrell and see an ever-changing programme of temporary exhibitions.

Opening Times

Monday (10am - 5pm)

Tuesday (10am - 5pm)

Wednesday (10am - 5pm)

Thursday (10am - 5pm)

Friday (10am - 5pm)

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

(1 Apr -30 Sep)

Admission Charges

Under 5s - Free

Children(over5) - £2.30

Adults - £3.90

Concessions - £3.50

Museum Friends - Free

English Heritage Members - Free

Burrell at Berwick

A changing display of the finest items donated to the town by Glasgow shipping millionaire Sir William Burrell. Paintings by masters such as Boudin and Degas are shown alongside a comprehensive display of Oriental porcelain and historic glass.

Berwick was a battleground in the Middle Ages. This gallery looks at this violent period with plenty of weaponry and a fine reconstruction of Berwick Castle.

Take a walk around the ramparts of the old historic town of Berwick, looking and listening to the sights and sounds of the past.

For more information:

Tel: 07990 893796
E-mail: amoore@woodhorn.org.uk
Web: www.experiencewoodhorn.com/berwick-museum-and-art-gallery/

Hexham Old Gaol

The Old Gaol was England’s first recorded purpose-built prison, built by order of the Archbishop of York in 1333. From then to the 1800s it housed many prisoners, locked up until their trials in the Courtroom of the Moothall.

Opening Times: Feb & Mar, Oct & Nov

Monday (Closed)

Tuesday (11am - 4:30pm)

Wednesday (Closed)

Thursday (Closed)

Friday (Closed)

Saturday (11am - 4:30pm)

Sunday (Closed)

Opening Times: 1 April to 30 Sept

Monday (Closed)

Tuesday (11am - 4:30pm)

Wednesday (11am - 4:30pm)

Thursday (11am - 4:30pm)

Friday (11am - 4:30pm)

Saturday (11am - 4:30pm)

Sunday (Closed)


Appointments for visits outside the times and dates above can be made by contacting 01434 652349

Admission Charges

Children (5-18) - £2.10

Adults - £3.95

Senior Citizens - £3.20

Family (up to 5 people) - £10.50

School visit per child - £2.10

Teachers and helpers - Free

Concessions

Adult Northumberland resident - £3.20

OAP Northumberland resident - £2.70

Child Northumberland resident - £1.60

MAX card group member - 50p

Student/unemployed - £2.10


Free Entry:

Museum Association Members; Blue/Green Badge Guides; Tourist Information Centre Staff; Carers; Teachers making pre-visit; Teachers and Adults accompanying an educational group.

Four floors are packed with information which really brings this history to life:

  • Delve into the dark history of the Old Gaol, the Shire and the Borders
  • Enjoy an unforgettable learning experience
  • Find out about the terrifying Border Reiver raids and the tragic consequences
  • Watch the special “Reiver Raid” film made exclusively for the Old Gaol
  • Discover the area’s history and explore the buildings the Borderers lived in

The Old Gaol displays cover the history of the earliest recorded purpose-built gaol in England, looking at medieval crimes and punishments. Hexham’s original town stocks can be seen. Outside the Gaol are replica stocks and a pillory.

The Gaol was also used to keep Border Reivers locked up in the 1500s, and some of the prisoners and the Reivers way of life are explored. There is a film of a Border raid, and you can meet a family, the Gaoler, a Deputy Warden, and Sir Robert Carey, Middle March Warden and cousin of Queen Elizabeth I. You can see if you have Reiver ancestors sharing your Surname, and find out where they lived.

Room hire, guided tours with costumed guide, education workshops and visits are available – further information can be found by visiting - http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/hexham-old-gaol/ or contacting Janet Goodridge for initial enquries

For more information:

Tel: 01670 624523
E-mail: jgoodridge@woodhorn.org.uk
Web: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/hexham-old-gaol/

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum

This museum is home to a unique bagpipe collection, the foundation of which is the bagpipe collection of William Alfred Cocks a clockmaker from Ryton, near Newcastle.

Open Monday-Saturday 9.30am-5pm Closed Sundays

FREE admission

The Bagpipe Museum is housed in the delightful medieval Chantry buildings next to the River Wansbeck. It is home to a unique collection of 150 sets of pipes, including the remarkable bagpipe collection of William Alfred Cocks (1892 - 1971), a clockmaker from Ryton, near Newcastle.

  • Discover the traditional Northumbrian pipes with their delicate chant
  • See how they compare to the Highland and Irish Bagpipes
  • Find out how they are made and how pipes have developed over the centuries
  • Understand the difference between pipes with bellows and mouth pieces
  • Learn about aficionado, expert and collector, W A Cocks
  • Move and play Cantaria – a special light and sound feature

For more information:

Tel: 01670 624490
E-mail: amoore@woodhorn.org.uk
Web: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/morpeth-bagpipe-museum/

Woodhorn

Northumberland’s world class visitor attraction and research centre. Discover the history of Northumberland and in particular the story of coal mining in the county. Find more out about Woodhorn Museum, Archive & Country Park here.

Blyth Battery

Blyth Battery is a coastal defence artillery battery, built in 1916 to defend the port of Blyth and the submarine base there during World War I, and upgraded for re-use during World War II. It is the most intact, accessible and intelligible coast defence battery on the North East and Yorkshire coast, with individual buildings and features of considerable rarity.

Find out more about Blyth Battery here

Watch House Museum

The “Watch House” museum at Seaton Sluice is on Rocky Island, access via the footbridge in front of the Kings Arms, is the old Seaton Sluice Volunteer Life Saving Brigades Watch House, and tells the story of their daring rescues from ships stricken on the local coast.

Click here for more information on Watch House museum

Other Museums in Northumberland