It opened in 1904 to commemorate Sir Arthur Dorman’s son who died during the South African War of 1899-1902. The museum houses 8 varying exhibitions, from the history of Middlesbrough including religion, industry, sport and more. The museum tells the story of the development of the area, highlighting key figures and events, whilst displaying some excellent items and antiquities. A River Tees-specific exhibition is found on the upper floor which has a wonderful interactive map and quiz, telling the story of how the River has helped to shape the landscape around it. The museum also has space for temporary exhibitions and has the capacity to entertain school and community groups, as well as a shop and café. For more information visit