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.
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.


Four Rivers Gaming Convention and Streetwise Opera performances.

  • 20 May 2017 7-11pm

Delve into the world of live-action role playing games at the Four Rivers Gaming Convention in our Great Hall, complete with a bar and live demos or why not have a go at the PLAY+INVENT activities and get on your way to engineering acclaim?
Streetwise Opera performances at 7.30, 8.30 and 9.30pm. Dive into the fascinating history of the Carpathia ship (which rescued passengers from the Titanic) with award-winning charity Streetwise Opera. Three inspiring concerts will launch a new exhibition by Martin Rivers of Carpathia imagery with interpretation and audio guides. Also, don’t forget to drop by the darkroom where photographer Jonathan Bradley will be showcasing traditional photographic methods that would have been used to create the images on display.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Blandford Square




Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear





0191 232 6789

Textphone users

18001 0191 232 6789

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