The Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Spend a day experiencing the world of science and industry at The Discovery Museum. Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, the museum tells the rich history of the area’s maritime industry and technological development. Observe the first ship to be powered by a steam turbine or Joseph Swan’s early lightbulbs. Kids love the interactive play areas for a hands-on approach to science. The museum is free of charge, although you must pay to park in the on-site lot. By using our Newcastle upon Tyne road trip website , you can arrange your visit to The Discovery Museum and other attractions in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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  • Went on a Sunday and was a lovely day out. A nice change from on a Sunday. Would definitely recommend  more »
  • The Discovery Museum is a tribute to the north east, in particular the many folk who carved out a living from and around the River Tyne. For two hours on a slow rainy day we listened to monologues giv...  more »
  • Great museum, free entry, and for what we have seen, lots of great stuff for the kids. The history part about the Tyne looked amazing. We left within the hour though, it was just all too dirty. We are...  more »
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  • Spent a great couple of hours here and the exhibitions are very interesting; we came home with lots of new facts to share with other family members! There is a good mix of science and history in the exhibitions and lots of activities for the kids. Some activities cost a couple of quid but they are great to entertain kids. The staff are very friendly and give you extra information as you are walking round. There is a cafe with a nice selection of food but you can bring your own pack lunches as there are tables available. On the ground floor,there is also a shop with a small selection of gifts, science things, sweets etc. There is parking available next to the museum but it gets quite busy and is 90p an hour. If you do go a bit later on, it is unlikely that you will get parked next to the museum but there is a multi storey car park right opposite and only a 2 minute walk away and is only 10p more than the museum's car park per hour. We had a great time at the discovery museum and will definitely pay another visit there!!!
  • Great for whole family. Information and activities suitable for all ages. The place is spacious and have a lift. Have a cafe but you can bring your own lunch - there are tables available. They run activities for children through the week - paid and unpaid, check for more details. There is a little shop as well.
  • Great day out, free to get in, some activities cost a quid or two but it's well worth it, there is a cafe but your welcome to bring your own food. If you are going to the water play I recommend a change of clothing for under 5s. Parking is not the best so be early or park further away and walk.
  • It really is good, so much for all ages... My kid of 4 was enjoying as much as the older kids. There are lots of hands on learning things and some exhibitions just to look at. Please remember to take some extra cash (not just your donation) as some activities are paid for (and are good value, honestly). I'd actually prefer a ticket which included all the activities, would be easier, but hey ho.
  • The significance of this little ship. Every person who enters this display benefited directly from these invention. Every jet aircraft flying uses this!! Almost all electricity generated uses this invention. All your food and stuff important got here thanks to this gearbox and propellor. It's mind boggling!! But lost on everyone passing though. A shame really. And that's the purpose of a museum.

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