List of museums in Northumberland

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This list of museums in Northumberland, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.


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Name Image Town/City Type Summary
Alnwick Castle Alnwick Castle 2011.JPG Alnwick Multiple Tours of the castle with state rooms, military museum about the Napoleonic Wars, Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland, collection of British and Irish archaeology, collection of vehicles from the 19th century
Armstrong's Household and Farming Museum North Charlton History website, antique household and farming items in room displays, including a nursery with toys, World War II memorabilia, milking parlour, washing room, agriculture tools and display, local needlework
Aydon Castle Aydon Castle 2.jpg Aydon Historic house Operated by English Heritage, 13th-century manor house castle
Bailiffgate Museum Bailiffgate Museum (geograph 2988540).jpg Alnwick Local Local history, culture, fishing, agriculture, railways, mining, art exhibits
Bamburgh Castle Bamburgh Castle - - 1030813.jpg Bamburgh Historic house Inhabited castle dating back to the Normans, includes museum with engines, technology and history of industrialist William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong
Bellingham Heritage Centre Bellingham Heritage Centre and Tourist Information (geograph 1692890).jpg Bellingham Local website, local history, Border Counties Railway, the Border Reivers, mining, farming, recreated smithy, photographs of rural life
Belsay Castle Belsay Castle.jpg Belsay Historic house Operated by English Heritage, 14th century medieval castle
Belsay Hall Belsay Hall.jpg Belsay Historic house Operated by English Heritage, 19th century unfurnished country mansion, gardens and park
Berwick Gymnasium Gallery Berwick-upon-Tweed Art website, contemporary art installations by Berwick Visual Arts, located in Berwick Barracks
Berwick Museum & Art Gallery Berwick Barracks (6952122663).jpg Berwick-upon-Tweed Multiple website, fine art, Asian porcelain and historic glass, medieval Berwick and the castle, local and social history, trades, mining, fishing, located in Berwick Barracks
Blyth Battery Blyth Military website, World War I and II coastal defence buildings, military and local history exhibits
Cherryburn The farmhouse at Cherryburn - - 779867.jpg Mickley Historic house Operated by the National Trust, birthplace of artist and ornithologist Thomas Bewick, exhibits on his life and engravings
Chillingham Castle Chillingham Castle.jpg Chillingham Historic house Medieval castle with state rooms
Chesters Roman Fort Chesters Bathhouse 1.jpg Walwick Archaeology Operated by English Heritage, preserved Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall and museum of artifacts
Corbridge Roman Site Corbridge Roman Site.jpg Corbridge Archaeology Operated by English Heritage, preserved Roman fort south of Hadrian's Wall and museum of artifacts
Cragside Cragside1.jpg Rothbury Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 19th-century country home of Lord Armstrong, features many technological innovations
Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland Alnwick Castle a frontal door.JPG Alnwick Military Located in Alnwick Castle
George Stephenson's Birthplace George Stephenson's cottage - - 5428.jpg Wylam Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 18th century stone cottage home of rail pioneer George Stephenson, railway exhibits
Grace Darling Museum The Grace Darling Museum - - 1263588.jpg Bamburgh Biographical website, operated by the RNLI, history and memorabilia of Grace Darling, a Victorian heroine who, along with her father, saved 13 people from the SS Forfarshire in 1838
Heatherslaw Mill Heatherslaw Mill - - 682765.jpg Etal Mill 19th century water-driven corn mill
Hexham Old Gaol Hexham Old Gaol.jpg Hexham Prison Medieval prison, crimes and punishment, Border Reivers
Housesteads Roman Fort Housesteads granaries.jpg Housesteads Archaeology Operated by English Heritage, excavated Roman auxiliary fort on Hadrian's Wall and museum of artifacts
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre Kielder Castle - - 604115.jpg Kielder Multiple Management of Kielder Forest, its natural history and wildlife including red squirrels, history of Kielder castle, art gallery
Kielder Salmon Centre Kielder Natural history website, salmon fish hatchery and visitor centre
King’s Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Museum Berwick Barracks (6952122663).jpg Berwick-upon-Tweed Military Regimental history and memorabilia, located in Berwick Barracks
Lady Waterford Hall Ford Village Lady Waterford Hall - - 142882.jpg Ford Art website, collection of 19th century watercolour murals depicting biblical scenes painted by Louisa Beresford, Marchioness of Waterford, exhibits about her life
Lindisfarne Castle Lindisfarne Castle - - 189129.jpg Holy Island Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 16th-century castle with early 20th-century interiors by Edwin Lutyens, walled garden planned by Gertrude Jekyll
Lindisfarne Centre Holy Island Local website, island's history and culture, facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels, Viking contact
Lindisfarne Priory Ruins of Lindisfarne Priory and St Aidan's statue - - 189125.jpg Holy Island Religious Operated by English Heritage, ruins of the 7th century monastery and museum about its history as a center of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England
Longstone Lighthouse Longstone Lighthouse 1.jpg Farne Islands Maritime Lighthouse museum, accessible by boat
Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum Morpeth Chantry.jpg Morpeth Music Historic bagpipes
Preston Tower Chathill MMB 03 Preston Tower.jpg Chathill Military Medieval pele tower with period guard room and prison
Seaton Delaval Hall Seaton Delaval Hall - all from N.jpg Seaton Sluice Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 18th-century great house with gardens
Vindolanda Vindolanda.jpg Hexham Archaeology Roman auxiliary fort south of Hadrian's Wall and museum of artifacts and the Roman army
Wallington Hall Wallington Hall 02.jpg Cambo Historic house Operated by the National Trust, Palladian house with fine furnished interior, collection of dollhouses
Warkworth Castle Warkworth Castle's keep, 2007.jpg Warkworth Historic house Operated by English Heritage, remains of a medieval castle with some preserved rooms, summer visitation to Warkworth Hermitage
Watch House Museum Seaton Sluice Local website
Wylam Railway Museum Wylam Railway information, history of are railway development and local railway pioneers George Stephenson, Timothy Hackworth and William Hedley
Woodhorn Museum Woodhorn Colliery, Ashington - - 144014.jpg Ashington Mining Former colliery with original equipment, buildings, exhibits about the mine and the life of a miner, collection of art created by miners, changing exhibits of art, science and history, 2 ft narrow gauge railway

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  1. ^ "The £420,000 ticket to the past: 19th century train station left untouched since its closure during Dr Beeching's cuts in 1965 goes up for sale". Daily Mail. October 31, 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2015.