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Located in Newcastle, in the North-East of England, The Discovery Museum charts the area's history through it's maritime, scientific, industrial and technological advances.

Discovery Museum

Upon entering the museum, visitors will see the huge Turbinia, which was once the fastest ship in the world. It was built at a local shipyard on the River Tyne in 1894. The Newcastle Story give more insight into life in the region, from Roman times until the 1980s. This is a walk through reconstruction of streets and homes from the past. Visitors can learn about Pons Aelius (the Roman name for Newcastle), the Norman castle that gave the city its present name, life during the Victorian era and during the World Wars. Finally there are memories of music, shops and leisure during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

The Working Lives display presents tools, clothes and artefacts to tell visitors about the jobs people in Newcastle have had over the past 300 years. The main industries of shipping, coal-mining, textiles and farming are explained in a real-life context.

Children will enjoy the Science Maze, which is an area full of hands-on activities relating to how things work. There is a telephone exchange, local inventor Joseph Swan's lightbulbs and a machine which records children's shadows against a white wall – just like a photograph. There is also a soft play and activity area for younger children.

Other exhibitions include a history of the River Tyne, A Soldier's Life, documenting military history over the past 200 years, and Tyneside Challenge, which celebrates the inventions that have come from the area.

There is a gift shop and cafe on site, and entrance to the museum is free.

The Discovery Museum is fully accessible to visitors with wheelchairs. A lift to the upper floors is available, and disabled toilets are on site.

Being in the city centre, the museum is serviced by metro (local train service) and buses. Parking at the museum is very limited. Since timetables and routes change frequently, contact the museum for up to date information.


Contact Details:
Blandford Square,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tel: (0191) 232 6789


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