8 Family-friendly Art Galleries to Explore | Living North

8 Family-friendly Art Galleries to Explore


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With crafty corners, resident reptiles and great play spaces, your kids will be entertained for hours in these top family-friendly art galleries

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 
Seaton Sluice 

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 
South Shields 

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 has turned 100 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 
Barnard Castle 

The Bowes Museum hosts an intriguing collection of curios. Exhibitions regularly change and include plenty of family-friendly touches for budding artists of all ages.

Published in: June 2017

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