The industrial town of Middlesbrough is less than two hundred years old but the area has a history of human habitation stretching back thousands of years. Visit our two galleries crammed with stories about the town and its people.
The natural world
Throughout the museum discover our geological and biological treasures, from the pre-historic beasts that roamed the Tees Valley to the local flora and fauna of modern times.
Fabulous galleries containing internationally significant collections of 19th century ceramics, glass, metalwork, furniture and wallpaper. The museum holds the largest collection of objects designed by the renowned Christopher Dresser, ‘the father of modern industrial design’.
Linthorpe Art Pottery
The intriguing story of how a small local pottery, operating for only ten years at the end of the 19th century, produced highly innovative and ground breaking ceramics which remain highly collectable today.
Delve into the origins of the museum’s archaeological, ethnographic and natural science collections and discover some of the personalities behind the objects.