Newcastle Museum, Newcastle

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Explore the history of Newcastle at Newcastle Museum, established in 1988 to collect and preserve historic objects relating to the Hunter Region. This museum features lots of interactive displays and hands-on activities sure to entertain visitors of all ages. Since re-opening in a new building in 2011, the museum has won numerous awards for its design, sustainability, and contribution to the development of regional tourism. Visit the site’s popular shop, which sells a range of souvenirs and gifts, educational games and toys, local history books, jewelry, and t-shirts. The shop also stocks quality products sourced entirely from local artists and craftsmen. Put Newcastle Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Newcastle online trip maker.
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  • Nice museum, and free! Some rather typical expositions covering history of Newcastle (and Australian lifestyle in general). The highlight is steelworks exhibit with some beautifully set displays...  more »
  • Visiting from out of town, attempt to go to the museum. Firstly there is no signage outside so when you drive past you cannot see where it is and drive past. Finally your GPS guides you there, and...  more »
  • We wanted to see a exhibition here, the only way to buy tickets was on line. Yes i understand this is anoption and convenient, But not convenient trying to do it from your phone while 2 staff members....  more »
  • Staff were great and for a free museum it was awesome. Lots of great "hands on" activities for kids of all ages. It was an unexpectedly hot on the day of our visit and they even had free bottled water. Would highly recommended visiting.
  • This little gem is the perfect stop over to break up a long drive. It has fun activities that suit all ages and a great soft gym play area too. Oh and it's free! Plenty of street parking nearby, clean toilets, bubblers for fresh water, and a cafe.
  • Situated just off the Newcastle harbour walk this attraction is free and highly recommended. The layout is really well done and offered (at the time we visited) 4 seperate sections ranging from a Newcastle specific history and heritage exhibit to a hands on science exhibit with plenty for the kids to do and play with. The place was extremely clean also with on site amenities.
  • Interesting museum of local history. Exhibition spaces could be a little better organised to tell a story that was compelling to follow. Nice cafe.
  • A must see whether you're visiting or already living in Newcastle. The BHP exhibition is fantastic and rich with the history of this once giant industry. Kids will have lots of fun in the science area with dozens of interactive displays and experiments.

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