The Laing Art Gallery
Over 100 years old, this gallery houses regularly changing exhibitions, permanent displays, a wonderful play area for under-fives and a café serving delicious light bites. Displays are made up of pieces from world-renowned artists – works by the likes of Picasso and da Vinci have been displayed here – and exhibitions can be anything from paintings to collections of historical knick-knacks. Who knows what you’ll discover.
The Tower House Gallery
An art gallery run by artists, housed in a building commissioned by the same Delaval family responsible for the Hall just up the road. The building itself, with its octagonal rooms, is a sight to see, before you even consider the artwork inside.
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
An iconic building home to regularly changing artistic exhibitions, a gift shop with all kinds of art and Tyneside-trumpeting trinkets and a dedicated play area for little ones.
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
A two-storey museum celebrating the life and history of South Tyneside. Check out the range of artefacts from the region’s past and don’t forget to look in on Creature Corner, home to the museum’s resident reptiles and insects.
Berwick Museum & Art Gallery
Battles! Dragons! The Mayor sentencing people to death! Explore the history of Berwick from the Middle Ages to the 20th century at this engrossing museum and art gallery.
The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art promotes art for social change. They also run family activities designed to turn everyone into an artist.
Shipley Art Gallery
This art gallery turns 100 this year and is an established national centre for contemporary craft. Expect a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibitions, craft sessions for children and regular events to mark the museum’s centenary.
The Bowes Museum
The Bowes Museum hosts an intriguing collection of curios. Exhibitions regularly change and we really like the look of The Clockwork Garden (running from 29 July to 5 November) – an interactive experience which will immerse visitors in the mysteries of a far-off planet including mechanical creatures and cloud machines.