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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 flew into the former airport to become the first Vulcan to go into private collection. Visit our Displays and Exhibits page to see what we have in our collection and browse our history.

NELSAM are proud to have been awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and their Travellers' choice award in 2020! 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.
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Visitor Information

NELSAM is now back open as normal; no booking in advance is required.


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

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

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

Admission Charges

The museum is only accepting credit and debit cards for payments; no cash.

Adults: £6.50
Children 5-15: £3.50
Concessions 60+: £3.50
Family Ticket (2 adults with 2 children): £18.00
Please note we will no longer accept Groupon vouchers from the 30th August, please see Groupon for refunds if you have already purchased vouchers from them.

Under 5s & carers: £0.50
Well behaved dogs on leads welcome
School and group visits can be arranged, please see 'Group visits' for further details.

Direction, Access and Facilities...


Dates for your Diary!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, our 2021 events are under review, and will either be postponed or cancelled. Check back regularly for updates and follow us on facebook for the latest news.


2020 Scooter Rally

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has unfortunately been cancelled, however may be re-arranged to a future date.


Emergency Services!

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has unfortunately been cancelled, however may be re-arranged to a future date.


80th Anniversary of the battle of Britain


Abarth Club North East Meet

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has unfortunately been cancelled, however may be re-arranged to a future date.


Saab Owners Rally


Heritage Open Weekend 2020


Sunderland Heritage Festival 2020


Museum Plans for the year ahead

  • The Anson will be moving back in before the end of February. To position it at the far end of the hangar will see the F84, Hunter, Meteor, Sycamore and Jetstream being moved out of the way. Once the Anson is in place the Shorts SD3-30 and Comet will move to the far end of the building to establish the Civil Aviation display
  • At the end of March the Post War Jets will be positioned and subject to weather the Lightning will move inside the main hangar
  • End of April will see the positioning of the Morane and Spitfire in the space currently occupied by the Shorts
Keep checking for updates and the opportunity to see some exhibits making a rare appearance outside.


Cashless Payments


Former RAF Leeming Tornado F3 Gifted to Museum

Tornado F3 ZE204 arriving at NELSAM
Tornado F3 ZE204 being presented to NELSAM
Tornado F3 ZE204

COVID-19 update - Museum re-opening


Abarth Club North East Meet


Get crafty this Easter

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has unfortunately been cancelled, however may be re-arranged to a future date.


Termination of Groupon voucher scheme

Please note that the museum has terminated its agreement with Groupon and no groupon vouchers will be accepted after Sunday the 30th of August. Groupon decided not to pay the museum for over 400 vouchers. Groupon have chosen to keep the full amounts as they say there is no proof of the customer visiting. The value of the unpaid vouchers is in excess of £1,200. If you have purchased a voucher and did not redeem it the museum does not receive any of your payment. Groupon have been requested to notify all remaining voucher holders and refund the payments taken. A full list of vouchers have been supplied to Groupon


NELSAM signs Armed Forces Covenant Pledge

Last Tuesday Ian McLaren signed the Armed Forces Covent on the Museum's behalf.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a formal agreement by organisations that those who serve or have served in Britain's armed forces and their families will be treated with fairness and respect. They should not be disadvantaged or prevented from access to services or products because of their service.

Examples of discrimination might include access to education and healthcare, financial help and job opportunities.

It was a real pleasure to sign the Covenant on behalf of NELSAM at a small ceremony last Tuesday. Other organisations were in attendance including the North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll, and representatives of the Army and Royal Navy. A real honour for me which I was pleased to undertake on the Museums behalf. - Ian Mclaren, NELSAM volunteer


Important site news and developments

Armed Forces Covenant Pledge

September 2021

The Museum signs the Armed Forces Covenant...

New exhibit - RAF Tornado F3

September 2021

Former RAF Leeming Tornado F3 Gifted to Museum and formal ceremony to welcome to NELSAM...

May re-opening

May 2021

Following Latest Government guidelines, NELSAM re-opens...

Groupon Vouchers

August 2020

We have will no longer be accepting Groupon Vouchers for entry from the 30th August...

NELSAM officially re-open

20th July 2020

Local Schoolboy gets private tour ahead of the public re-opening...

Abarth Club Meet

19th July 2020

The Abarth Club North East held a private meet at NELSAM ...



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