To help ensure safe social distancing, there is a new one-way system to follow around the galleries. This will be clearly marked out on the floor.

We will also be opening the Music Room and Billard Room where you can see Eggshibition and our giant rainbow.

During the first phase of re-opening, the Collectors and Collecting gallery and Exhibitions gallery will remain closed as we cannot ensure safe social distancing in these areas. Interactives, toys and colouring stations will also not be in use for your safety.


The Hall and Its People

Explore the history and discover the ambitions of the two families that made the Hall what it is today - the Fowlers (Georgian era) and the Ropners (Victorian era).

Old Fashioned Carriage

Collectors & Collecting

Celebrating the museum’s exciting and varied collection - highlights include Colonel Spence’s ‘Weapons Explosion’, plus the Clephan and Ions Collection.

Collectors Gallery

The River Tees

The River Tees has defined the lives of people of the borough for centuries. Discover how people came to settle, and the trades and skills they brought with them.

Viking Helmet

Clocking Off

Use our clocking off machine to punch your card and enter the world of ‘after hours’ entertainment, seeing what life would have been like outside of work 200 years ago.

Gallery Items


Regular programme of temporary exhibitions. Varying in subject, past events have included work by artists and local photographers.

Family Looking At Items In Preston Park

Community Curated

This space provides the opportunity for organised groups to display their own objects and archives, supported by those from the museum’s collection.

Child Exploring The Galleries