A world away from a traditional mining museum, Woodhorn is well-known for its rich and varied programme of exhibitions and events, interactive displays, historic buildings and inspiring collections.
Located in what was once the largest pit village in the world, the former colliery is now home to a popular visitor attraction, welcoming thousands of people each year.
The museum is home to the The Ashington Group Collection of artworks – commonly known as the ‘Pitmen Painters’. This iconic display showcases what daily life was really like for miners in and around Ashington from the 1930s. It is thought to be the first collection of amateur art to go on permanent display anywhere in the world.
Woodhorn brings to life Northumberland’s proud mining heritage, alongside an ever-changing contemporary arts and event programme – making it a fun, educational and enriching day out for all the family.
Many of Woodhorn Colliery’s pit buildings remain to tell their extraordinary tales. They are open for you to explore, to discover more about the workings of the site and the stories of the people who worked here.
Learn about life in a 'Coal Town', through the engaging and interactive displays that tell the story of coal mining in Northumberland through the eyes of the Ashington community.
Don't miss the free daily 'Spotlight Tours' led by the knowledgeable Customer Hosts. No need to book.
Woodhorn Museum has a children's play area, gift shop and fantastic café serving up a range of locally sourced produce.
Dogs are allowed in the grounds and heritage buildings at Woodhorn Museum (not the main museum building).
Woodhorn Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm (term time).
During school holidays, it is open seven days a week.
Please check website for details before you visit.