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Dorman Museum

From Middlesbrough’s pre-industrial past to the jungles of South America, our eight permanent galleries are filled with a wide variety of ideas, stories and objects.

Whatever the age, there is something for everyone at the Dorman Museum.


The Dorman Museum is temporarily closed for refurbishment until spring 2024. The Dorman is making some much-needed upgrades to its building. This includes: new CCTV cameras, new hearing loops, repairs to the external steps, refurbishing the passenger lift and accessible toilet, and upgrading the internal staircase.

Earth in Space gallery

Local history

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.

Christopher Dresser

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.

Four corners

Delve into the origins of the museum’s archaeological, ethnographic and natural science collections and discover some of the personalities behind the objects.


We welcome all visitors to Tees Valley Museums and aim to do everything we can to make access easy for everybody. Click here for more access information.

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