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From the home of Britain’s greatest explorer Captain Cook, to the home of Locomotion No.1, the first steam locomotive to carry passengers. There are so many stories to be told in each corner of the Tees Valley.

Explore the history and lives of people living in the Tees Valley, as well as their impact on the world we know today, through objects, exhibitions, activities and events. There’s something for everyone in the museums and galleries that make up Tees Valley Museums.

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum is located in North Road Station on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway.

Kirkleatham Museum

Kirkleatham Museum is home to a treasure trove of artefacts, all housed in a magnificent 1709 Queen Anne building that began life as Free School for Boys. It features a wide range of exhibitions and displays covering local industrial, maritime and social history.

Museum of Hartlepool

The Museum of Hartlepool tells the story of a past packed with exciting people! As you enter, you are taken back to the Bronze Age to meet Hartlepool's oldest man and from there you move through the centuries past sea monsters, Hartlepool monkeys and fishing cobbles.

Hartlepool Art Gallery

Hartlepool Art Gallery is located in a stunning and beautifully restored Victorian church, formely known as Christ Church.

Dorman Museum

Celebrating Middlesbrough, the Dorman Museum houses natural and social history as well as an extensive exhibition dedicated to Linthorpe Art Pottery, locally produced in the late 1800s, and Dr Christopher Dresser, the pre-eminent Victorian designer.

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum marks the site of Cook's birthplace in Marton on the outskirts of Middlesbrough and is situated in the beautiful landscaped grounds of Stewart Park. Outside a traditionally carved Nootka totem pole from Canada guards the entrance.

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Discover the Hall and its treasures. Experience what life was like in 1895 as you take a stroll down our replica Victorian Street. Plus for little and big kids alike there’s a chance to let off some steam in the adventure play area and skate park.