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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
  • Visited the Discovery Museum with my grandson, he found it very interesting, would go back ,plenty to do for children of all ages  more »
  • We had a few hours to kill in Newcastle on a Sunday morning before a flight home, and this was one of the few places that was open and was also free, not a bad start. It was only a short walk from our...  more »
  • Been a few times and always something new.Alan Turing section was let down a bit by TV breakdown but still good.Hadnt seen the tank outside before,imagine kids would love it.Worth going to see the 60s...  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.