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North East Land Sea & Air Museums

100 Years of Transport History

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 this year has it's 35th aniversary at the museum, when it flew into the former airport to become the first Vulcan to go into private collection

NELSAM are proud to have been awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence once again in 2018! 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. Tripadvisor Certificate of excellence 2018 Best Places to visit in Sunderland


Visitor Information


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

Opening Hours

PLEASE NOTE! Due to staffing shortages the museum board of directors have made the decision to reduce the number of days the museum is open to the public.
With immediate effect and during February and March 2019 the museum will no longer be open to the public Monday - Wednesday inclusive. Group / Educational visits already confirmed for this month and February will be honoured.
We are will open throughout the February half term holidays (Week commencing 18th Feb).
The situation will be reviewed frequently with an aim to reopen seven days a week as soon as practicable.
Monday > Wednesday Closed to public admission. Thursday > Sunday Open 10am - 4pm.

Admission Charges

Adults: £5.00
Children 5-15: £3.00
Family Ticket (2 adults with 2 children): £13.00

Under 5s free
School and group visits can be arranged, please see 'Group visits' for further details.

Direction, Access and Facilities...


Dates for your Diary!

Emergency Services

Emergency Services Day

19August 2018

From Fire Engines to Ambulances, all thing emergency services, including the police, RNLI and air ambulance

Jeeps and Jets

Jeeps and Jets

22 - 23 September 2018

Military vehicles alongside our mighty Jets for the weekend

Cospolosion poster

Cospolosion Event

28th October 2018

Team Unleashed Presents Cosplosion, featuring heroes, villains and much more!


RAF 100 Celebration




Trams and Transport


Emergency Services Day


Jeeps and Jets Day


Hardstanding and new path works


Heritage Weekend 2018


Armistice Day 2018


New Exhibit - Scorpion Tank


Important site news and developments

Armistice Day 2018

Sunday 11th November 2018

The WW1 fighter replica on display as a mark of respect....

New Exhibit - Scorpion Tank

October 2018

Our newest exhibit has arrived - a Hussars Scorpion Tank...

Heritage Weekend - Free Admission!

8-9 September 2018

The Museum opens it's doors with free admission as part of heritage day



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