The Museum of Hartlepool has undergone a transformation. The colourful new displays tell the story of a past which is packed with exciting events and interesting people. As you enter, you are taken back 5000 years to the Bronze Age and introduced to the museum by Hartlepool's oldest known man. From here you move through centuries of the town's past, ending up with the joining of the Headland and West Hartlepool in 1967 and a look to today and the future.
From real historical figures to fictional characters, hear the story of Hartlepool told by those who lived through it.
Have a go at being an archaeologist or a monastic scribe, dress up in a medieval gown or a Victorian jacket.
From prehistoric axes to nineteenth century toys, Anglo-Saxon jewellery to Georgian silver, as well as the odd 'mystery object', there are wonderful artefacts to intrigue and delight you.
Hartlepool has a long and eventful history of which it is rightly proud. However it's people have their sights set firmly on the future and it's looking bright! For a brief history of Hartlepool click here.
Don't forget PSS Wingfield Castle - a wonderfully restored 1930s paddle steamer. Enjoy a cup of tea in the Art Deco style café or enjoy a stroll along the deck with views over the Marina.
Admission to the museum and PSS Wingfield Castle is free
Museum of Hartlepool, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ
Telephone: 01429 860077
The Museum of Hartlepool is part of the visitor attraction, Hartlepool's Maritime Experience.