Hadrian's Wall Country
Museums and Art Galleries

Museums and Art Galleries

Many of the Roman museums are located at or next to former Forts but there are other museums and also art galleries located in Hadrian's Wall Country, which are full of interesting artifacts and exhibitions. In fact, not all the museums are solely focused on Roman history. Whether you want to learn more about the Wall or if you are fascinated by the Egyptians, there is something for everyone in Hadrian's Wall Country.

Great North Museum

The Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle is home to a Hadrian's Wall exhibition which features a scale model of the Wall itself. The model runs the entire length of the gallery and is the perfect way to learn more about the wall, as the interactive displays allow visitors to find out information about different sites.

The museum also features displays such as those of the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Egyptians and a life-size T-Rex from the Jurassic Period. There is something for everyone to marvel at.

Roman Army Museum

The Roman Army Museum in Hexham, Northumberland brings to life what it was like to be a Roman soldier over 2000 years ago. The museum is packed full of Roman artifacts and reconstructions that make you feel as if you have actually gone back in time. The 3D film that is shown halfway through your visit, Edge of Empire, is exclusive to the museum and tells the story of a fictional Roman soldier 'Aquila'. Visitors can see first hand what it took to be one of Emperor Hadrian's soldiers while also being taken on a stunning tour of the Wall and the Country it lies in.

A visit to the Roman Army Museum is the perfect place to take your children in order to teach them more about Roman Britain.

Tullie House

Tullie House is a museum and art gallery located in Carlisle, Cumbria, and home to the Roman Frontier Gallery, which specialises in the western end of Hadrian's Wall. Along with other permanent and temporary exhibitions, Tullie House also features an art gallery displaying Pre-Raphaelite art. A Grade 1 Listed building, Tullie House is a beautiful location to stop off at on your visit to Cumbria.

Senhouse Roman Museum

A visit to the award winning Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport, Cumbria is a must for anyone interested in Britain's Roman history. Featuring the largest group of Roman military altar stones and inscriptions in Britain, Senhouse is home to some truly astonishing Roman artifacts, which have been excavated from the nearby Maryport Fort. A viewing tower gives visitors the opportunity to see across the entire site and also offers some of the most beautiful views in Hadrian's Wall Country, with the museum overlooking the Solway Firth.

Stephenson Railway Museum

Located in North Shields, the Stephenson Railway Museum is the perfect place to take children fascinated by trains. Why not also take them on the Hadrian's Wall Country Line so they can enjoy the sights by train!