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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. 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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  • The Discovery Museum is well placed for travellers as near to Newcastle Central Station - maybe a 5 minute walk. It has many interesting exhibits - many relating to the history of our wonderful city o...  more »
  • We are here all the time my little girl loves it every week she asks to go she loves the huge boat and the hoppings bit that's there you can pay £1 for 5 old pennies amd have ago on the old hoppings g...  more »
  • Excellent rainy day adventure for people of all ages. Me and my partner are mid 20s with no kids and found it interesting and informative. Lots of comfy seating around for tired feet too! Loved the "f...  more »
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  • Great place to visit... family oriented but a great place for adults also. Interactive activities and wonderful history of the area. Employees are extremely knowledgeable and people oriented... AND it's free!!! Always!
  • Great family experience and very fun for the kids. They operate several other areas for many to explore, and can learn about so many fascinating articles. Kids can play in a Toy Area based in the tyne, or discover something new in the science maze. Food was a bit picky, but overall, a good museum! Would recommend to families and all.
  • Hardly changed in 10 years showing the same mildly interesting exhibits. Some seem as if they've been broken since my last visit many years ago. It's donation based and something to fill an hour on a wet day.
  • the museum is a fun and family friendly place and best of all its free. you can keep the kids busy for up to 3 hours but couldn't really spend a full day there. the only downside is the parking. i had to park in a housing estate and walk down as there were no spaces in the car park. overall great day had by all.
  • A fantastic free museum (donations welcomed) to explore with the whole family. See the history of Newcastle upon Tyne from the Romans to present-day; look at the model ships and see the Turbinia; play in the water area with toy boats and take a rest in the café.

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Newcastle upon Tyne hosts a variety of hotels, ranging from ultramodern to traditional. To experience the city's world-class culture and vibrant nightlife, stay close to the compact town center, famous for fine dining and shopping. Booking your rooms in the picturesque city center will keep you close to all the urban action, while allowing you easy access to the surrounding coastline. For a more affordable and much quieter experience of the area, consider staying at a B&B or a boutique hotel in the surrounding countryside.
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