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Published 15th Feb 2011

Image from the scene of the Meteor crash

To celebrate the 130th anniversary of its fall in Middlesbrough, the real Middlesbrough Meteorite is now on display at the Dorman Museum.

On March 14th, 1881, some railway workers witnessed the meteorite falling to earth at Pennyman's Siding, near where St. Luke's hospital is now. There was much excitement at the time and the case arose the interest of the local press.

The meteorite has since revealed itself to be very unique and has recently undergone tests by NASA which will help their Mars mission in 2017. As the Dorman Museum didn't exist in 1881, the meteorite was handed over to the York Museum for safekeeping, where it has been ever since.

Kindly loaned to us by The York Museums Trust, this is the first time the real meteorite has returned to Middlesbrough in 130 years and we are very proud it is on display at the Dorman.

Exhibition information

The Middlesbrough Meteorite is on display at the Dorman Museum 15 February - 20 March 2011.

The Dorman Museum is located at Linthorpe Road, adjacent to Albert Park in Middlesbrough Postcode: TS5 6LA, Tel: 01642 813781.

The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 9.30 am - 5.00 pm with last entry at 4.45pm. Admission is FREE.

Access information for Dorman Museum

Dorman Museum

The Dorman Museum offers full disabled access throughout.

Wheelchair and pram access is available to all floors.

Our lift can accommodate up to three wheelchairs and three carers or teachers at any one time.

There are 2 disabled parking bays immediately in front of the museum and the museum can be accessed via a ramp to the automated front door.

A wheelchair is available for use by visitors, prior notice is preferred.

Male, female and disabled public toilets are located on the ground floor and there are clearly marked fire escapes to the front & rear of the building.

Click here for more detailed information for the Dorman Museum

Useful links

Dorman Museum

York Museum Trust




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