100 Years of Transport History
The North East Land Sea & Air Museum - NELSAM - sits on the former RAF Usworth and Sunderland airport site, next to the Sunderland Nissan factory, and comprises of the former Aircraft museum (NEAM), military vehicles collection, and the North East Electric Traction Trust (NEETT) is also based on the site. Amongst our varied and unique exhibit is a cold war Avro Vulcan B2 Bomber, which flew into the former airport to become the first Vulcan to go into private collection. Visit our Displays and Exhibits page to see what we have in our collection and browse our history.
NELSAM are proud to have been awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and their Travellers' choice award in 2020! This is based on the consistently great reviews left by visitors on Tripadvisor. We have also been added to the list of Top 3 places to visit in Sunderland for 2018 by ThreeBestRated.
NELSAM is now back open as normal; no booking in advance is required.
Old Washington Road, Sunderland ,Tyne and Wear, SR5 3HZ. Getting Here
Roadwork Closures Affecting access: Due to the building of the new Downhill junction there is no access to the museum from either the North or Southbound A19 from Saturday 24th July until the 9th August.
The diversion route is to come off on the A1231 and head towards Washington. Take the second exit for Peel Retail Park and go straight over the first roundabout and follow the signs for the Nightingale and the Nissan Offices to the Nissan entrance.
he diversion signs do not have the museum name on them despite this being asked for of both Highways England and Costain.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Christmas day, Boxing day, 30th Dec. and New Years day
Last admissions 1 hour before closing.
The museum is only accepting credit and debit cards for payments; no cash.Adults: £6.50
Under 5s & carers: £0.50
Well behaved dogs on leads welcome
School and group visits can be arranged, please see 'Group visits' for further details.
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