The story of Hartlepool 

Walk through history at the Museum of Hartlepool and discover Hartlepool’s maritime heritage.
Don’t miss Hartlepool’s oldest known man, say hello to Herman the Merman, and uncover the story of the UK’s only WWI battlefield site

Tides of Change : Revitalising the Museum of Hartlepool and P.S. Wingfield Castle Paddle Steamer

Welcome to the Tides of Change project, where history meets innovation on Hartlepool’s waterfront. Our mission is clear: to breathe new life into the dockside museum site and transform it into a vibrant hub of culture and heritage.
At the heart of this project lies the Museum of Hartlepool and the iconic PS Wingfield Castle, symbols of our rich industrial and maritime legacy. Together with the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool and Tees Valley Combined Authority, we’re embarking on a £52 million regeneration project to revitalise this historic landscape.
Through a thoughtful redesign, we’re creating a space that welcomes all, with improved access, enhanced exhibition areas, and engaging learning facilities. The restoration of PS Wingfield Castle stands as a testament to our commitment to preserving our maritime heritage for future generations to enjoy.
But this project is more than just bricks and mortar – it’s about community. We invite you to join us on this journey, to share your thoughts, and to be a part of shaping Hartlepool’s cultural future. 
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Essential Info

Opening Hours:

Summer: (April – Nov)  Wednesday – Sunday 10.00am – 5pm 

Winter: (Nov  – March) Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 4pm  

During School holidays the Museum will open 7 days a week. 

Phone: 01429 860077


Museum of Hartlepool
Jackson Dock
Maritime Avenue
TS24 0XZ

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