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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.

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.

Kirkleatham museum, a Georgian mansion with large main front door with four floors.

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.

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.

An artist's impression of what the new Goods Shed building will look like, a large building with wide steps going up to it, surrounding by grass.

Hopetown Darlington - Opening 16th July 2024

Hopetown Darlington is the region's new and exciting visitor attraction.

two adults and a child walk towards the museum of Hartlepool. One adult is holding the child's hand.

Museum of Hartlepool

Walk through history at the Museum of Hartlepool and discover Hartlepool’s maritime heritage. Don’t miss Hartlepool’s oldest known man, say hello to Herman the Merman, and uncover the story of the UK’s only WWI battlefield site

An image of Hartlepool Art Gallery, a converted church, in sunny weather. There are two adults and a child walking towards the entrance.

Hartlepool Art Gallery

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