Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a municipal museum in Sunderland, England. It is part of the Tyne and Wear Museums group, and is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It contains the only known British example of a gliding reptile, the oldest known vertebrate capable of gliding flight. The exhibit was discovered in Eppleton quarry.
It was established in 1846, in the Athenaeum Building on Fawcett Street, the first municipally funded museum in the country outside of London. In 1879, the Museum moved to a new larger building next to Mowbray Park including a library and winter garden based on the model of the Crystal Palace. U.S. President Ulysses Grant was in attendance at the laying of the foundation stone by Alderman Samuel Storey in 1877. The building opened in 1879.
Other highlights of the Museum are a stuffed Lion, & the remains of a Walrus brought back from Siberia in the 1880s which is said to have inspired the "Walrus & the Carpenter"
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