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New Hall is now open!

We are open 7 days a week (except 24–26 December). See the Visit page for more info.

If you're a school or a group, book your free tickets here.

Objects and stories

Be transported by highlights from our collection which tell compelling stories of the railways in Shildon and beyond.

From diminutive personal objects to giants of rail engineering, discover more about the important historical objects we care for.

Meet trailblazing engineers and ordinary people who made their ideas reality, as you uncover the story of Shildon's role in the development of Britain's railways.

Leonard Raisbeck: Pioneer of the Stockton & Darlington Railway

Discover the story of the Stockton & Darlington Railway's conception as we explore a wealth of new archive material

Encounter impressive locomotives and futuristic experimental engines from our collection.

Uncover some of the less well-known objects and vehicles on display, from a Victorian snow plough to hardworking mining machinery.

Shildon has been an important place for the rail industry since its earliest days—see how the site has transformed over the years.

A hive of industry and innovation, Shildon has been at the heart of developments on the railways, from groundbreaking inventions to everyday essentials.