Discovery Museum - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Discovery Museum - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear





0191 232 6789

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0191 230 2614

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Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, from the area's renowned maritime history and world-changing science and technology right through to fashion through the ages and military history. The museum is bursting with interactive displays, which makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun.

Explore Newcastle's past from Romans to the present day; Tyneside inventions that changed the world; a fun approach to science and take a walk through fashion. Discover a great day out all under one roof!

There is also a wet-play gallery specifically designed for the under sevens.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Opening hours Mon-Fri 10-4
Sat 10-5
Sun 2-5

Closed: Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Discovery Museum has the following facilities for visitors:
Lift available
Accessible toilets
Male and female toilet facilities
Assistance available if required
Facilities for Deaf people and hard of hearing
Facilities for Blind people and partially sighted
Assistance and Guide dogs admitted
Baby changing facilities
Gift shop
Hot and cold meals
Hot and cold drinks
Teachers' Packs
Worksheets for groups
Under 7 year old resources: soft play and Playtyne Gallery

Discovery Museum houses the finest collections of scientific and technical material outside London and keeps important collections of maritime history, social history, regimental militaria and costume.

For more than two centuries developments in science, technology and industry which were pioneered or became established in Tyne & Wear had a powerful influence world-wide. Such influence is, arguably, unsurpassed by that of any other region of comparable size and population.
Examples of world 'firsts' include Charles Parson's 'Turbinia', the first vessel to be powered by steam turbine, and Joseph Swan's historic lightbulbs.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Maritime, Industry, Costume and Textiles

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Balman Gallery Artists Selling Exhibition

  • 4 February — 1 October 2014 *on now

The Balman Gallery returns to Discovery Museum for a long-term residency in our temporary exhibition space.

Drawing inspiration from the Toon Times exhibition, a number of exciting and varying exhibits will be on display, all of which are available for visitors to buy.

Renowned artists showing include Derek Jones, Alan Reed, Gavin Penn, Peter Goodfellow and Leigh Lambert.

Entry is free, prints and paintings can be taken home immediately after purchase.

For further details about the artists currently showing in the Balman Gallery, Corbridge, visit:

Suitable for

  • Any age


Toon Times

  • 8 February — 5 October 2014 *on now

Toon Times, in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation, will chart the fortunes of NUFC from its inception in 1881 through to the present day.

Featuring some NUFC treasures that have never been on public display before - the exhibition will include souvenir programmes, historic and modern day strips, as well as silverware collected over the years.

Visitors will also get a taste of what it feels like to be a Newcastle United star with the help of interactive elements such as a recreated changing room and player's tunnel.

There's also the opportunity to make your mark on the exhibition by adding your special memories.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Corporal C.E. Garforth

For Valour: Two VC heroes remembered

  • 2 August 2014 — 29 March 2015 *on now

An exhibition about the lives of two recipients of the Victoria Cross, Cpl. C. E. Garforth, 15th Hussars, who was awarded one of the first VCs of the First World War and Pte. H. G. Columbine, 19th Hussars, who sacrificed himself to save other soldiers in his regiment.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Workers at Armstrong Vicker, around 1916

When the Lamps Went Out: Life on Tyneside in the First World War

  • 25 October 2014 — 28 June 2015

By Christmas 1914, the City of Newcastle upon Tyne reported that over 21,000 men had been recruited following the outbreak of the First World War on 4 August 1914. It became clear that while the war was being fought to such devastating effect abroad that it was going to have considerable impact back at home.

This exhibition takes a glimpse at what life was like here on Tyneside for those back on the Home Front.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Embroidery, velvet sewn to paper backing sheet in black velvet with multicoloured threads, dated 1919 (TWCMS: G4317)

World War One costume: Behind the scenes tour

  • 9 October 2014 10-11:30am
  • 4 December 2014 10-11:30am

An introduction to Discovery’s behind the scenes collection of World War One costume and textiles.

Suitable for

  • Any age



photograph of woman in ww1 clothing

Women on the March: Newcastle Suffragettes and WW1

  • 15 October 2014 11am-12:30pm

Suffragette history is largely forgotten. Newcastle had some of the most radical and active campaigners, and it wasn't just the vote they wanted. Find out what they did, how they were treated and what happened to some of them when war was declared.

The tour will start at the Discovery Museum and end on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle.

Tickets can be purchased in the Discovery Museum shop or online at

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5.00 per person.


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Tracing Your First World War Ancestors

  • 3 November 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

Keith's talk will provide you with the knowledge you'll need to start you off on your own research into your family history relating to the First World War. Local examples will be used to to showcase the resources that are available for you to use when doing your research.

Keith will also answer any questions you may have about researching family history, especially in connection with the First World War.

Tickets can be purchased in the Discovery Museum shop or online at

For more information, please call 0191 277 2166

Suitable for

  • Any age




Writing the First World War

  • 12 November 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

The First World War produced many poignant examples of writing, from poems written by soldiers to letters to and from the front line. Creative Writer Rachel Cochrane will work with participants in these three sessions to explore and reflect through examples of creative writing, providing inspiration to create their own pieces of work in their chosen format.

Each of the museum venues involved has its own unique exhibition about the First World War, covering themes such as industrial heritage, life on the home front, local heroes, and the role of women in war time. The writing workshops will include a tour of the exhibitions from expert curators, and the chance to use the museum’s First World War handling object collection as inspiration for writing, which includes items such as letters, maps, photographs and medals.

Suitable for

  • 18+



Each workshop is only £9.50 per person with tea and coffee provided. Participants who book the sessions at all three venues together receive a £5 discount.

No previous writing experience is required.

If you would like more details please contact Rachel Cochrane, or

Tickets can be booked on