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Locomotion will be closed on Thursday 23 May. New Hall opens on Friday 24 May.

From 24 May we will be 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.

Support the museum

Whether you're an individual or an organisation, find out how you can support us in our work as we prepare for a bright future with our New Hall as part of our masterplan.

Locomotion’s new building is part of our ambitious plan to transform the museum, allowing us to tell the exciting and inspirational role played by Shildon and the North-East in the global railway story.

Our masterplan also allows us to safeguard the collection, diversify our volunteer team and create new jobs. It will allow us to reinvigorate our heritage buildings, provide new green spaces and embed this museum at the heart of the community.

By celebrating the past, present and future of railways and engineering, we will capture the hearts and minds of the next generation of engineers, innovators and thinkers

Play your part in railway history and support us today.


Our wonderful volunteers make a huge contribution to the museum's activities—find out how you can join the team.

Make a donation

By making a donation you’ll be helping to care for our collection, create innovative exhibitions, and deliver our amazing educational programme. Make a donation online.

Other ways you can help

Explore other ways you can support us by browsing the pages below on the National Railway Museum website, where another masterplan overhaul is taking place.