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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 and 2019! 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 2018Tripadvisor Certificate of excellence 2019 Best Places to visit in Sunderland


Visitor Information


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

Roadworks: Over the coming months there are major roadworks affecting the A19 and roads around the museum. This will affect access to and from the museum from these roads. Click Here to see the diversions in place for access during the A19 closures

Opening Hours

Summer (1st Apr - 31st Oct): Daily 10:00am - 5:00pm
Winter (1st Nov - 31st Mar): Daily 10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed Christmas day, Boxing day, 30th Dec. and New Years day
Last admissions 1 hour before closing.

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!

Scooter Rally

13th-14th July

A Get together for Scooter owners accross the North East!

Transport Day

21st July

A day for all forms of tranportation, trams, busses and more!

Living History Weekend

24th-26th August

Free admission for three days to showcase the museum's historical importance

Saab Rally

15th September

A Get together for Saab owners accross the North East!

Heritage Open Weekend

21st-22nd September

Free entry to the museum as part of the national Heritage open days event


A19 Roadwork Diversions

The next planned closures are as follows:

  • 8pm Friday 19 July until 6am Monday 22nd July - A19 closed both directions between Testo's roundabout and Lindisfarne roundabout.
  • Various lane and full carriageway closures in one or both directions on weekday evenings (8pm til 6am).
  • There are also evening closures of the A184 around the Testo's roundabout, and the inner lane of the roundabout will remain closed for the duration of the works.

From the North, Testo's roundabout to NELSAM, via Downhill Lane

From the South, A19 - A1231 to NELSAM


2019 Scooter Rally


Transport Day!


Living History Weekend


Saab Owners Rally


Heritage Open Weekend 2019


New Exhibit Arrives


Vulcan Restoration work 2019

Before and after shot of the painting
Before and after shot of the painting
Before and after shot of the painting

Grass cutting by Elders Plant Hire


Important site news and developments

Vulcan Restoration Work

June 2019

The Blueird team work on Vulcan XL319, painting and engine work....

Elders Plant Hire - Grass cutting

19th May 2019

With the Museum mower out of action, Elders Plant hire got the job done...

New Exhibit - Pendolino Cab

29 March 2019

Another addition to the collection - Virgin Trains Pendolino Cab section...



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