North East Land, Sea and Air Museum, Sunderland

(3.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
The North East Land, Sea and Air Museums (NELSAM), is an entirely volunteer-run transport museum situated on the site of the former RAF Usworth/Sunderland Airport, between Washington and Sunderland, England.

The museum has the largest aviation collection between Yorkshire and Scotland and houses over 30 aircraft and a wide collection of aero engines, as well as the Military Vehicle Museum, formerly based in Newcastle upon Tyne, which holds a collection of WW2 and post war vehicles.

The museum also has a collection of other items such as weaponry, military vehicles, trams & buses, and other historical exhibits. A collection of fire appliances was added to the collection and the North East Electric Transport Trust have been working on preparing their collection of trams ready to open this year.

Special exhibitions cover the WW2 Blitz and 607 County of Durham Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force formed at RAF Usworth.

For 2017, a new WW1 Display will be unveiled.

Admission Charges:

Adults : £5.00

Children 5-16 : £3.00

Concessions : £3.00

Family ticket (2 adults with two children) : £13.00

Under 5's free

School and group visits can be arranged, please contact for further details.

NELSAM is a registered charity number 1150286
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Many years ago when I was a kid I loved planes - I used to be really into them. I wanted to become a pilot. Although I didn't go down the flying route, I am still fascinated by aircraft and whenever w...  more »
  • I love this place, it might not be a big national transport Museum but with just a small team of volunteers they do a great job. It's great value and keeps the kids happy and if you are looking to kil...  more »
  • My friend and I had an enjoyable hour and a half looking round this interesting and well-presented museum. It costs £5 for an adult ticket which I think is good value. I particularly enjoyed the WWII ...  more »
Google
  • Brilliant little place to spend a couple of hours, it is good priced and has staff on hand if you need to know anything, i would say it is worth a look with the family
  • Had a great afternoon with our 2 grandchildren who loved getting close to the displays of aircraft trams & buses. Volunteers friendly and helpful when asked for information.
  • Good walk around in less than 30 minutes
  • Reasonable price to experience up close and interact with a wonderful collection.
  • Great little museum for 2-3 hours, only £5. Events during year only £3!