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

Family Exhibition

Exhibition Ends 15th December

Dorman Safari PosterThis summer a really wild exhibition is happening at 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.

Tickets cost £3 adults, £2 children/concessions, or £8 for a family.

Leo the Dorman Museum MascotWay back in July Leo the Dorman lion went on a journey to Southampton to be carefully looked after by Bethany and her family at Palumbo Conservation services.

Bethany did a thorough assessment of Leo’s condition and Its fair to say that he was in a pretty bad having suffered damage to his face, ears, tail, coat, bottom and with a large split on his chest. She started by giving him a good clean and taking away a lot of material which had been used to conserve him in the past which wasn’t doing its job!

Having undergone a huge amount of restoration work by Bethany it was now time for Leo to return home. After a rainy trip to Middlesbrough from Southampton, he is now safely back at the museum and on display in our Safari exhibition!

Now is your chance to see him up close and maybe take a selfie before he returns to his lofty position in the museum shop. One condition – No touching as he might bite and he has been treated with chemicals to help preserve him for the next 120 years.



Wednesday, July 23 to Sunday, December 15

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.