Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne

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The Great North Museum: Hancock is a museum of natural history and ancient civilisations in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.The museum was established in 1884 and was formerly known as the Hancock Museum. In 2006 it merged with Newcastle University's Hatton Gallery to form the Great North Museum. The museum reopened as the Great North Museum: Hancock in May 2009 following a major extension and refurbishment of the original Victorian building. The museum and most of its collections are owned by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, and it is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of Newcastle University.LocationThe museum is located on the campus of Newcastle University, next to the Great North Road, and close to Barras Bridge. The nearest Tyne & Wear Metro station is Haymarket, and there is also a bus station at Haymarket.One of the Second World War air raid shelter openings into the Victoria Tunnel is beneath the grounds of the museum.
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  • The museum is easy to find in the town center and has a great selection of items. The T-rex is of couse the cornerstone but the historic exhibitions is worth an closer look.  more »
  • Appears quite dark inside. The interactive elements were tame. Interesting display of Newcastle's history.  more »
  • We travelled up from Middlesbrough to visit the museum on a rainy day with my seven year old niece. We drove past it the first time as the sat nav was unsure where the museum was so be careful if usin...  more »
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  • A fantastic free museum (donations welcomed) that is sure to keep all entertained! From the Romans, Egyptians and North East animals/birds, to the planetarium and of course, the dinosaurs! A quick stop in the Mouse House (a small soft padded play area) and a bite to eat in either the restaurant or café to round it all off!
  • Both my children enjoy it here even though nothing changes , would be nice to have something different once in a while but we can't complain as happy children means a happy me. There is a lot to see & plenty of history for young minds to soak up and ask questions, learning with fun!
  • Brilliant place to take the kids with loads of interactive displays and helpful staff. There are tons of amazing displays that will take time to properly explorer.
  • Absolutely fantastic museum. The bones display was particularly interesting. Would highly recommend!
  • Took my son following an appointment ant hospital to cheer him up, we've been a few times and enjoy it every time. The latest exhibition on bones is pretty interesting.

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