Welcome to the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough. A great family day out. Learn, have fun & enjoy!

Arriving Soon

This summer a really wild exhibition is coming to the Dorman Museum.

Safari is a vibrant, interactive journey into the habitats and wildlife of the African continent where there is so much to discover.

Visitors can set up camp in the Safari tent and from there head out to explore wild habitats from the savanna to the deep jungle and meet the animals that live there. From beetles to buffalo, and lions to giraffes, Safari will take you on an unforgettable journey of animal discovery.

The exhibition takes inspiration from the museum’s opening 115 years ago when most of the galleries were dedicated to Natural History. Objects from the museum’s original collection of Natural Science and world cultures will take pride of place alongside some additional extras including an animatronic lion.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday 24 July until Sunday 15 December.
Tickets cost £3 adults, £2 children/concessions, or £8 for a family.


Our new ‘What’s On’ guide has arrived and is available at either museum.
You don’t have to wait to get hold of the printed version you can access it digitally right now.


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.