Life Science Centre

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We’re not like a museum where you’ll only find stuff in cases and be expected to look and not touch. At Life Science Centre, you’re encouraged to get stuck in: explore, create and have fun – whatever your age. Our friendly Science Explainers are always on-hand to answer questions.

Your Science Centre ticket gives you access to ALL of the daytime activities inside Life Science Centre (see below). There are no extra fees for blockbuster exhibitions or for entry to the planetarium, live theatre shows and the 4D Motion Ride. You won’t find any hidden charges here!

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

Life Science Centre is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year's 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

Please see for up to date pricing.

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

*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.


A woman and girl dressed as witches make potions.

Half-term treats (without the tricks)

  • 20 October — 4 November 2018 *on now

Children can visit Life Science Centre for FREE* this half-term (20 October – 4 November) so all little monsters can enjoy the frightfully good events on offer!
Not enrolled in a school for witchcraft and wizardry? Don’t fret! Join us for our spellbinding Potions workshop and watch things rise from the depths of a cauldron before trying to make you own.
Also included in the admission price is the new live show How to be an Evil Genius** and the 4D Motion Ride*** Frankenstein: Escape the Monster, where the on-screen action comes to life as you hurtle down a mine railroad as you try to escape! There are also plenty of hands-on activities, including the chance for children to make their own spooky haunted house to take away with them.
If you’re not afraid of the dark, head into our planetarium – the biggest in the North of England – for a show all about planets, called Alien Worlds.
Visitors can also explore an activity trail through the blockbuster exhibition Robots – then and now, developed by the Science Museum in London, before it leaves Life Science Centre a few weeks later.
With so much to do, Life will open an hour earlier than usual on weekdays during half-term, at 9.00am.
For more information and to book tickets, visit

*One free child per full paying adult. Terms and conditions apply – see the website for full details.
**Warning: this show contains flashing images and lights.
***You must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the 4D Motion Ride. Some children may find some scenes in the film scary. We recommend parents and guardians watch the film in advance to make their own judgement on whether this is suitable for the children in their care.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Children go FREE at Life Science Centre this October half term!*

Get one free child admission to Life Science Centre with each full paying adult, from Saturday 20 October – Sunday 4 November 2018. Use code KIDSFREE online, or buy your tickets on arrival at reception.

*Terms and conditions apply. Excludes concessions.

Prices valid until 2 December 2018

Family 1 adult + 3 children OR 2 adults + 2 children
Day ticket: £36.00 

Day ticket: £15.00 

Child aged 5 - 17
Day ticket: £8.00 

Child aged 4 and under
Day ticket: FREE 
Maximum of 3 children per paying adult

Concession: OAP, student or unwaged (proof required)
Day ticket: £11.00 


Robots: hopes and fears – evening panel discussion

Robots: hopes and fears – evening panel discussion

  • 1 November 2018 6:30-7:45pm

There are many ways in which robots could improve healthcare and wellbeing: robotic surgeons are already being used in highly intricate operations, including to treat patients with pancreatic and kidney cancer; in our aging society, robots could help to care for the elderly with humanoid carers; while the many people who are unable to drive for health reasons could find greater independence thanks to driverless cars.

In all of these examples, however, there are concerns that tasks once performed by a human could be taken over by a robot. Are we comfortable as a society with replacing human interaction in caring roles? Should we fear that robots will steal our jobs? And could they even threaten the survival of humanity if AI surpasses human intelligence?

What are your hopes and fears for a future in which robots play an ever more prevalent role in society? Come to Life Science Centre for a lively discussion on the subject with a panel of experts.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£3 (discussion only) – combination tickets available for discussion and visit to Robots – then and now exhibition at Life Science Centre


Getting there

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

Life Science Centre
Times Square
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear


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Bookings Line

0191 243 8223

Information Line

0191 243 8210


0191 243 8278

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