Galleries Overview

The museum offers eight themed permanent display galleries:

20th Century Woman

20th Century WomanExamines the ways in which the major social and political changes of the last century have shaped the lives of the women of Middlesbrough.

Earth in Space

Earth in SpaceA fascinating look at how our planet came into being and continues to be affected by cosmic, geological & biological forces.

Four Corners

Four CornersLooks at the origins of the museum’s collections and the personalities behind the objects. Natural sciences, ethnography and archaeology are shown together according to their country of origin.


H20A stimulating discovery space based around the theme of water with lots to handle and explore.

Linthorpe Art Pottery

Linthorpe Art PotteryThe story of how a small pottery that began operating in late 19th century Middlesbrough produced some of the most collectible art pottery. Much of the output was designed by Christopher Dresser and in its short 10 year life the pottery produced over 2000 different mould shapes.

The Nelson Room

The Nelson RoomA 19th. century collection of mounted birds and eggs amassed by renowned local ornithologist Thomas Hudson Nelson who wrote the ‘Birds of Yorkshire’. The bequest came into the museum in 1914 and has been maintained in its original Edwardian setting.

Town in Time

Town in TimeAlthough the town of Middlesbrough was only granted a charter in 1853 it has a history of human habitation stretching back thousands of years. Two galleries crammed with artefacts and stories about the town and its people.

Lordship of Acklam Plan

Lordship of Acklam PlanHanging 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.

The Dorman Museum