The Dorman Museum and Dressers Cafe are opening.

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of the Dorman Museum on Wednesday 2nd June 2021.

Whilst entry to the museum will remain free of charge you will need to pre-book a time slot to ensure limited visitor numbers for social distancing.
Booking can be made online through Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office or by telephoning 01642 729 729 or 81 51 81

To facilitate safe social distancing we will ask you to follow some safety guidelines which will include a one-way system to follow around the galleries.

Hand sanitisers will be placed at the entrance and exit points, and various points around the one-way route.

Dressers Tea Room will open on the 2nd June Wednesday to Saturday 10 am – 3 pm (last service) – you can book by calling 01642 358078 or 07500444230

We can’t wait to see you.


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New resources for teachers and parents.

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Education Pack

A resource pack for teachers and parents.

Our education pack is filled with ideas for teachers to use in the classroom or for grown-ups to use at home with children to support their school learning.

Australian Aboriginal inspired stories

A literacy resource for teachers and parents.

Listen to Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, make a small book, and create your own Dreamtime inspired story

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Tom Dresser Activity Pack

A Local Heroes resource for teachers and parents.

There is a statue in the museum garden. Have you ever wondered who it is and why they are a local hero?
The Dresser activity pack will provide the answer and is full of activities for engagement in the classroom or at home.

Local Hero : Gertrude Bell Activity Pack.

In 1868at Washington, County Durham, not too far from Middlesbrough, an outstanding young lady was born. Her name was Gertrude Bell and she would grow up to be a great adventurer.  Find out more about Gertrude and her adventures by using the activity pack.

Our education pack is filled with ideas for teachers to use in the classroom or for grown-ups to use at home with children to support their school learning.

Local Hero: Annie Bullock

Annie Bullock is one of the many unsung heroes of the First World War.  She was born in 1899 and lived on Newport Street in Middlesbrough.  Find out more about Annie’s story using the activity pack.

Earth in Space gallery image

Containing a full size dinosaur model, human skulls, a mineral mine, audio-visual presentation and large display objects around a spaceship-like table under a starry sky. More information

A gallery dedicated to a unique collection of works by design pioneer Christopher Dresser. More…

A gallery dedicated to a unique collection of Linthorpe Art Pottery. More…

The Nelson Collection

The Thomas Hudson Nelson collection of birds and eggs was bequested to the museum in 1914. More…

Hanging in the double height space of the new Dorman Museum extension is a remarkable and unique historic plan. Measuring around 13 feet square this plan, painted on sailcloth, shows the extent and detail of the Lordship of Acklam Estates. More

Russian Brown Bear

Russian Brown Bear 1957

June 1957 saw the return of the Russian brown bear, kindly donated to the museum by Rev Hubbard in 1938.

You can see the Russian Brown Bear ( URSIDAE CARNIVORA MAMMALIA ) on display within the shop above reception.