Centre for Life

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Life is an independent educational charity that aims to engage the local community with science in a fun and interactive environment. Life hosts a mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions alongside a rolling programme of science shows. Times Square cafe is on site offering a range of food and Starbucks coffee, and a the gift shop is full of scientific goodies for all the family.

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

Centre for Life is open every day except Christmas Day:

Monday - Saturday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 6.00pm

* Please telephone our customer information line on (0191)243 8210 for up to date information on our opening and closing time as these are subject to seasonal variations.

Admission charges

Family (1 adult + 3 children OR 2 adults + 2 children): £27.80

Adults: £9.95

Children (aged 5 - 17): £6.95

Children (aged 4 and under): FREE

Concessions (OAP, student or unwaged): £7.95

Getting there

5 Minute Walk from Central Station Metro, Times Square Multi Storey Car Park nearby

Additional info

Wheelchair Access

Travelling exhibitions visit every year and we have an open air ice rink every winter

Collection details

Medicine, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Learn all about your brain in Brain Zone.

Brain Zone

  • 25 March 2016 — 31 December 2018 *on now

Your brain is the most amazing and mysterious thing about you – and something that you probably take for granted. The Brain Zone lets you understand what’s going on inside your head through exciting, fun activities and exhibits. Explore what makes you ‘you’! Scientists are discovering new things every day and you, and your amazing brain, can help improve our understanding by visiting The Brain Zone and taking part in experiments.

Brain Zone is a new, permanent addition to Life Science Centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Included in Science Centre admission price.

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.
Robots - then and now at Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Robots – then and now exhibition

  • 26 May — 2 December 2018 *on now

Robots – then and now, developed by the Science Museum in London, tells the 500-year, work in progress story of building automated machines, from the humble beginnings of 16th century mechanical automatons to the latest humanoids – and everything in between.

The new exhibition is included in the admission ticket to Life Science Centre, along with hands-on zones for learning through creative play, educational shows in the Science Theatre and the planetarium, and a thrilling journey on the 4D Motion Ride*.

Robots – then and now features more than 100 exciting objects from the world of robotics, including a small number of interactive robots. Come face to face with the fist-bumping Pepper robot and a Robothespian, who can quote lines from famous films.

There’s also plenty to fascinate sci-fi fans, including a T800 Terminator used in the film Terminator Salvation and the Maria robot from Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis.

Robots – then and now is at Life Science Centre from 26 May to 2 December 2018. Day tickets start at £8.00 for children aged 5-17 to £36.00 for a family ticket. Children aged 4 and under go free.

For more information and to book tickets, visit life.org.uk/robots

*Please note, you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the 4D Motion Ride.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Day tickets start at £8.00 for children aged 5-17 to £36.00 for a family ticket. Children aged 4 and under go free.



Getting there

5 Minute Walk from Central Station Metro, Times Square Multi Storey Car Park nearby

Centre for Life
Times Square
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear


Our main website with a host of useful information.





Bookings Line

0191 243 8223

Information Line

0191 243 8210


0191 243 8278


0191 243 8201

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.