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Reopening in 2024, the Head of Steam will be transformed by a major redevelopment next year to bring an exciting new museum experience to Darlington. Essential improvements will be carried out on the site, linking them together to create a cluster of attractions that will showcase Darlington's innovative history. 

During this time, the museum will be inaccessible, though some activities will continue in different locations.

You can read more about the exciting new plans, including all of the upcoming attractions, on our future plans page. 

Before redevelopment, the Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum was a celebration of Darlington's rich railway history. Located in North Road Station on the 1825 rout of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway. 

Like stepping back in time to 1840's Victorian Darlington, you could stand upon the original platforms and footbridge, and visit the newspaper kiosk and even the old Victorian toilets. 

When the museum reopens in 2024, these classic features will be joined by ground-breaking new attractions as part of the Railway Heritage Quarter which will showcase Darlington's innovative history.