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

Textphone users

18001 0191 232 6789


0191 230 2614

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
A large field gun standing in a museum gallery
baby changing facilities icon Food icon Shop icon Hearing disability facilities icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

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.
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


  • 25 October 2014 — 31 January 2015 *on now

An exhibition of photographs, films, personal objects and stories, mapping the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAMER) women living in the North East.

The Arrivals exhibition marks the beginning of the BAM! Sistahood! Project, which aims to reflect the true diversity of BAMER’s women’s lives in the North East by researching, documenting and digitising BAMER women’s experiences of arriving or settling in the North East, their creation of new political and social identities, and often their struggle for a voice and visibility.

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 *on now

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

Michael Sehgal (1938 - 2013)

  • 10 December 2014 — 24 February 2015 *on now

Local businessman and philanthropist, Michael Sehgal, is celebrated in a new display in the Destination Tyneside Gallery to commemorate his life’s achievements and dedication to the local community.

The display brings together a number of objects that represent Michael Sehgal's journey and accomplishments, providing an insight into the world of a man who gave everything to his community.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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.

A Natural Anthem

  • 17 December 2014 — 28 March 2015 *on now

A Natural Anthem heralds the dawn of a new nation, with live music and theatrical speeches from the balconies of the Turbinia Atrium.

Follow our musical procession as performers lead you to A Natural Anthem exhibition, where you can listen to ‘Lark Radio’ broadcasts and interviews, and have exclusive access to a special archive of photographic memorabilia and artefacts from the new nation.

Join our growing community by taking up the nation’s currency of seeds, and plant your hopes and dreams for the future.

The exhibition is inspired by documents held in Tyne & Wear Archives, themes of security, propaganda and remembrance, and Issac Rosenberg’s ‘Returning, We Hear the Larks’.

A Natural Anthem explores the impact of threat, harnessing of community action during First World War, and today’s fight to protect the natural world.

Performances take place on 23 January, 20 February & 21 March 2015
All performances start at 1.30pm in the Turbinia Atrium and run for 20 minutes.