Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:18/03/2020

Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic Dorman Museum and Dressers Tea Room will be closed for the foreseeable future.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the health of our residents and staff, especially the vulnerable is of paramount importance and we must do everything we can to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

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Belonging : An extended exhibition of Paintings by David Watson

Belonging defined as a secure relationship; affinity, an affinity for a place or situation and a close and intimate relationship.

It’s difficult to imagine an artist more connected to Middlesbrough than the painter David Watson. Halfway through his 8th decade, 2020 marks a milestone for David with the achievement of a lifetime ambition, to exhibit at The Dorman Museum, a venue within the heart of his hometown Middlesbrough.

The exhibition will feature paintings by David Watson alongside writing from Lisette Auton, Natalie Scott, Shakk and Bobby Benjamin.

This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England.


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


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.