The Dorman Museum forms part of Middlesbrough Council's 'Museums Service' along with its sister venue - the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, situated in Stewart Park.

The Dorman Museum houses a large collection of items from the fantastic to the fabulous, celebrating Middlesbrough's heritage through natural history and geology to social history and Victorian arts and craft.

The museum offers a great range of eight themed display galleries, full disabled access throughout and additional facilities such as café, on - site collection stores, resources room and education suite.

Learn more about the history of the Dorman Museum...
Opening Times...

New Opening Times

The museum will open 10.30am - 3.30pm
Tuesday - Sunday

Closed Mondays


30 May - 31 December 2017


New exhibition commemorating the 140th anniversary of Christopher Dresser's visit to Japan

and the, now forgotten links between Teesside and Japan.

Dresser was the first European designer to visit Japan after the reopening of trade links

between the two countries, and this had a strong influence on his work for Linthorpe Art Pottery.

This is explored in more detail, as well as other local connections including shipping, commerce and culture.
Did you know that Middlesbrough had a thriving Japanese community in the 1920s?
Find out about this and lots more in Tokyo to the Tees.

Join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Sat 3 June.





lordship of acklam plan

30 May - 29 October 2017


This display features a selection of

delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male accessories on loan from the British Museum.


Netsuke is the Japanese art of miniature sculpture. Its origins are as a practical piece of dress, becoming an established art form during the Edo period (1600-1868). Chiefly made of wood or ivory, netsuke were essentially small toggles that were used with the kimono, the traditional outdoor garment for Japanese men and women of the time.

This collection features five netsuke, part of the 3300 in the British Museum's collection. The range of subject matter is wide; from Chinese and Japanese mythology and legend to animals and insects. The beauty of these objects is their individuality, which is reflected in the variety within the group of the netsuke which have been selected for this tour.



virtual tour

The Virtual Tour allows you to see all our permanent galleries from the comfort of your home

Visit The Virtual Tour
lordship of acklam plan

Hanging in the double height space of the new Dorman Museum extension is a remarkable and unique historic plan...

View The Estate Plan
linthorpe pottery and decorative arts

There are 1,060 items in the Linthorpe Pottery collection representing around 465 of the 2,350 different designs thought to have been produced during the pottery's ten year history...

View The Pottery Collection

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

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