Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum
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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

Monday to Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 4pm

Admission charges

Free entry (donations welcome)

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.
Enigma machine

Enigma & The North East

  • 1 October 2016 — 1 April 2017 *on now

See a rare Enigma machine, used to code secret messages during WW2. Find out how people from the North-East played a vital role in helping the codebreakers at Bletchley Park.

The small display at Discovery Museum will tell the stories of Tyneside-built ships HMS Bulldog and HMS Petard, which were both involved in the salvaging of material from German U-boats vital for the teams at Bletchley Park to break the German Navy Enigma.

Tommy Brown from North Shields volunteered to assist in the seizing of material from one of the U-boats. The retrieval had an immediate impact on the outcome of the War, not least on Allied fortunes in the Atlantic.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission, open 7 days a week.

Dr Geof for Fabricating Histories

Fabricating Histories: An Alternative 19th Century

  • 1 November 2016 — 21 May 2017 *on now

The story of our 19th century inventors and pioneers is all around us, but with so many experiments, ideas and notions jostling for position, history could have lurched off on a tangent at any moment and become very different.

What if Brunel had graced Sunderland with a vast suspension bridge, or Lovelace & Babbage had computerised the 1840s? What if steam-powered airships had really taken off?

Five artists and designers – Dr Geof, Nick Simpson, Larysa Kucak, Phil Sayers and Charlotte Cory – visited the museum archives and have produced new work which reinterprets pieces from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collections. Dr Geof has redesigned Turbinia as if powered by the Lambton Worm, whilst Larysa Kucak has designed a corset based on a nineteenth-century parasol. Phil Sayers is looking at and rethinking Ada Lovelace as a woman in science, and Charlotte Cory has been reworking celebrated North East painter John Martin.

This exhibition celebrates the almost, might-have-been world, of Fabricating Histories!

This exhibition is a collaboration between Northumbria University, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and five artists, kindly supported by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission, open 7 days a week


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.
Play + Invent Logo

Play + Invent

  • 14 January 2017 — 14 January 2018 *on now

From LEGO and Minecraft big builds, to cardboard sculpting and a robot lab! Join us in 2017 to use our brand new Play + Invent space and enjoy our series of Play + Invent family friendly events.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13


Event prices vary. Please check for full details.


Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear





0191 232 6789

Textphone users

18001 0191 232 6789

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