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The Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne

(4.4/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Newcastle upon Tyne travel itinerary maker to add The Discovery Museum and other attractions to your Newcastle upon Tyne vacation plans.
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TripAdvisor
  • An interesting concept with a number of features that should engage adults and children. Unfortunately, a significant number of the interactive exhibits had been damaged or were inoperative, perhaps t...  more »
  • A great free museum with plenty to see and do, especially for history buffs, plus a cafe. You could spend all day here... Parking outside limited both in spaces and time allowed, best to take public t...  more »
  • We were staying just up the road from the museum, when we went into town we popped in, there was so much to see we dint have enough time to look at everything. There is stuff for all ages, lots of han...  more »
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  • We love this museum. The water play area is good fun. But take a change of spare clothes as aprons domt protect clothes. It's £2 to get in now but I suppose they have to cover costs. Cafe is good too. A range of foods but closes at 3 x
  • I feel that we were not the target audience for the Discovery Museum. (Good) museums are usually collection-lead. In the case of the Discovery Museum, the collection was set-dressing for the somewhat trite set of "hands-on" science exhibits and the nearly information-free story of Newcastle's people. Very few objects on display were labelled, let alone discussed. On the other hand, it's a free museum, has a cafe and is happy (apparently) to let small humans run around making noise and so if that's what you're after, you'll find a good example of it here.
  • Attended a suprise wedding yesterday, wonderful in the great Hall, a hidden gem, only reason I am giving 4 stars is that some of the exhibits did not work, but in the current economic climate where museums are considered by some as an expensive luxury, it's understandable. It's a wonderful free museum.
  • Been here for a school trip and found everything very fascinating. It would be worthwhile to visit, even for a little bit!
  • Dome interesting displays and interactive games for a free museum.It's a great building but don't expect to spend all day there. One or two hours will be more that enough.