Woodhorn Museum


We are thrilled to be welcoming visitors back to Woodhorn Museum from Wednesday 2nd September.


Our opening hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm and there is no-need to pre-book.


Your experience will feel a bit different from normal, so we want to let you know what to expect ahead of your visit and how you can help us to keep everyone safe.


There is a new one-way route, COVID-safe car parking, additional hand sanitiser and cleaning and our friendly staff will be on hand to help with any queries you may have. They have all gone through additional COVID-secure training and we're good to go.



Enjoy our excellent facilities, cutting-edge arts and cultural exhibits and a fun-filled events programme

Located in what was once the largest pit village in the world, the former colliery is now home to our popular visitor attraction, welcoming thousands of people each year.


A world away from a traditional mining museum, Woodhorn is well-known for its fun events programme, including family picnic days, car shows and cos-play extravaganza, ‘Invasion’ - it even featured on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.


The museum is proud to house 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 reputed 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 and cultural day out


Come along and visit the North East’s last remaining coal mining built heritage and check out our winding houses – including the most powerful winding engine in the region and the ventilation fan which took a direct hit, but survived the German bombing of 1941.


Our modern Cutter Building showcases our impressive banner collection, Coal Town exhibition and, of course, our iconic Ashington Group Collection. The mixture of the historic and the modern is something you can expect from all Museums Northumberland sites.


Be sure to take a look at the wall of the Cutter Building which features a moving sculpture made up of 98 birds, fashioned from moulded miners’ gloves – each of which sadly represent a life lost at Woodhorn Colliery throughout its history.



Admission prices for Annual Pass:

Adult: £7.00 (Multiple adult purchased at the same time: £6.50).

Concession (OAP and student) £6.00

Children 16 and under are admitted free at all Museums Northumberland venues.


*The Annual Pass is valid for 12 months and includes unlimited return visits.


Events (3)

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Coal Town Interactive Permanent Exhibition

5th February 2020 - 30th January 2021

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The Quest of Missing Questions

2nd September - 31st October 2020

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The Quest of Missing Questions

16th September - 31st October 2020

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