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Following the latest Government guidance, NELSAM will be opening from Tuesday 18th May with measures in place. Please see our COVID page for more details.

North East Land Sea & Air Museums

100 Years of Transport History

COVID-19 Update: Following the latest Government guidance, NELSAM will be opening from Tuesday 18th May. There will be COVID-19 measures in place including the need to take temperatures on entrance with a hand scanner, please be patient when visiting and work with the staff to ensure safety of both visitors and volunteers can be maintained. We may also need to take contact details for the NHS track and trace system. Contactless payment will be encouraged for all transactions no matter how small. We appreciate your cooperation and hope you have a safe and enjoyable visit.
Further information can be found on our dedicated COVID-19 measures page.

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.
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Visitor Information

Location

Old Washington Road, Sunderland ,Tyne and Wear, SR5 3HZ. Getting Here

COVID-19 Update:Following the latest Government guidance, NELSAM will be opening from Tuesday 18th May with measures in place.Click Here to read these before visiting.

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed Christmas day, Boxing day, 30th Dec. and New Years day
Last admissions 1 hour before closing.

Admission Charges

Adults: £6.50
Children 5-15: £3.50
Concessions 60+: £3.50
Family Ticket (2 adults with 2 children): £18.00
Please note we will no longer accept Groupon vouchers from the 30th August, please see Groupon for refunds if you have already purchased vouchers from them.

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.

Direction, Access and Facilities...

EVENTS

Dates for your Diary!


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, our 2020 events are under review, and will either be postponed or cancelled. Check back regularly for updates and follow us on facebook for the latest news.

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2020 Scooter Rally

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has unfortunately been cancelled, however may be re-arranged to a future date.

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Emergency Services!

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has unfortunately been cancelled, however may be re-arranged to a future date.

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80th Anniversary of the battle of Britain

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Abarth Club North East Meet

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has unfortunately been cancelled, however may be re-arranged to a future date.

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Saab Owners Rally

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Heritage Open Weekend 2020

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Sunderland Heritage Festival 2020

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Museum Plans for the year ahead

  • The Anson will be moving back in before the end of February. To position it at the far end of the hangar will see the F84, Hunter, Meteor, Sycamore and Jetstream being moved out of the way. Once the Anson is in place the Shorts SD3-30 and Comet will move to the far end of the building to establish the Civil Aviation display
  • At the end of March the Post War Jets will be positioned and subject to weather the Lightning will move inside the main hangar
  • End of April will see the positioning of the Morane and Spitfire in the space currently occupied by the Shorts
Keep checking for updates and the opportunity to see some exhibits making a rare appearance outside.

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Private Tour for Local fanatic

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Completion of rearranging Hangar 3

Lightning inside Hangar 3
Pucara with wings on
Exhibits rearranged in the Hangar and floor painted
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COVID-19 update - remaining closed due to Tier 3 restrictions


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Abarth Club North East Meet

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Get crafty this Easter

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has unfortunately been cancelled, however may be re-arranged to a future date.

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Termination of Groupon voucher scheme

Please note that the museum has terminated its agreement with Groupon and no groupon vouchers will be accepted after Sunday the 30th of August. Groupon decided not to pay the museum for over 400 vouchers. Groupon have chosen to keep the full amounts as they say there is no proof of the customer visiting. The value of the unpaid vouchers is in excess of £1,200. If you have purchased a voucher and did not redeem it the museum does not receive any of your payment. Groupon have been requested to notify all remaining voucher holders and refund the payments taken. A full list of vouchers have been supplied to Groupon




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Free re-entry for visitors until the end of April.

NEWS

Important site news and developments


December Covid-19 Update

December 2020

Following Latest Government Tier 3 guidelines, NELSAM will remain closed...



Groupon Vouchers

August 2020

We have will no longer be accepting Groupon Vouchers for entry from the 30th August...



NELSAM officially re-open

20th July 2020

Local Schoolboy gets private tour ahead of the public re-opening...



Abarth Club Meet

19th July 2020

The Abarth Club North East held a private meet at NELSAM ...




New Britvic Exhibits

July 2020

Some new historic vehicles arrive from the Britvic collection...



Completion of Hangar 3 rearrangement

July 2020

Whilst the museum has been closed due to COVID-19 we've taken the opportunity to complete some site changes...

More...

CONTACT

Want to get in touch? Drop a note!

Old Washington Road, Sunderland ,Tyne and Wear, SR5 3HZ
Phone: (+44) 0191 5190662
Email: Info@NELSAM.org.uk