Centre for Life

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

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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:
Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm* (Last admission 4pm)
Sunday 11am - 6pm* (Last admission 4pm)

* 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.

Closed Christmas Day

Admission charges

Adult £12.00 Child (2-17) £7.50 Child (Under 2) Free. Concs (Students; Snr Citizens; Unwaged) £9.50 Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £29.50

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.
BODY WORLDS Vital at the Centre for Life

BODY WORLDS Vital - Extended until 30 November!

  • 17 May — 30 November 2014 *on now

BODY WORLDS Vital brings together a collection of real human bodies, specimens, organs and body slices which have been willed by donors and preserved through Plastination, a ground-breaking method for specimen preservation invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. This special collection of specimens is designed to show visitors the basics of human health and wellness. The exhibition includes whole-body plastinates, a large arrangement of individual organs, organ and arterial configurations, and translucent slices that give a complete picture of how the human body works. Vital tells the fascinating story of how best to fight life-threatening diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart ailments, through healthy choices and lifestyle changes.

Note - We recommend that BODY WORLDS is suitable for ages 8 and up, but many younger children have enjoyed the exhibition - use your own judgement.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Family -£29.50
Adult - £12.00
Concession (OAP, Student, Unwaged) - £9.50
Child (2 - 17) - £7.50
Child (under 2) - FREE



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 Swarm of Ancient Stars

Live Skies

  • 4 — 5 October 2014 5-5:30pm
  • 11 — 12 October 2014 5-5:30pm
  • 18 — 19 October 2014 5-5:30pm
  • 25 — 26 October 2014 5-5:30pm

Live Skies takes place at 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, and every day during school holidays and bank holidays.

Sit under the stars in our planetarium to see the planets and constellations and learn where to find them in the night sky. There's a chance to ask questions at the end of the show.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£12.00 - Adult (18+). £7.50 - Child (2 - 17). £9.50 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged). Free - Child (under 2).



Getting there

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