Newcastle Museum, Newcastle

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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  • I was brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne and I live in Sheffield, so I understand the coal and iron & steel industries and their decline well. It was interesting to compare the three places and try to....  more »
  • This trip taught me a lot about Newcastle and it's history and industry. There were lots of artifacts and hands on activities. I particularly enjoyed the earthquake exhibit and I would really...  more »
  • A very good and informative place to visit. From coal mining to innovative science - all found under one room. The science room is the best part of the museum. Highly recommended for young adults and....  more »
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  • 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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