Statement from Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums: Following new advice in response to the COVID 19 pandemic and in line with other cultural organisations, we have taken the difficult decision to close all of our museums and galleries and the archives from 5pm on Wednesday 18 March.
This is provisionally until 1 May 2020 but we will be reviewing the situation and updating if anything changes.
Please sign up to our emails at mustseemuseums.org.uk and check our social media channels and website so we can keep you up to date with what’s going on.
Thank you for your support and understanding at this challenging time. Stay well and we look forward to welcoming you back in due course.
The Great North Museum: Hancock is an award-winning family attraction in Newcastle upon Tyne. It is free to enter and open daily.
The Living Planet gallery spans the ground and first floor of the museum and tells the story of wildlife and habitats. Also on the ground floor, the Hadrian’s Wall gallery enables visitors to discover the detailed history of the World Heritage Site as well as finding out about all the forts, milecastles and associated museums that can be visited today. The gallery includes a wealth of archaeological finds from across the 73 mile stretch of Hadrian’s Wall.
The Mouse House, near the entrance of the Museum, is especially for Under 5s and there are regular activities for younger visitors in this space.
Also on the ground floor is Fossil Stories, which uses fossils show major changes to the landscape and the animals and plants that were around millions of years ago. It also features a T. rex replica skeleton.
On the first floor of the Museum visitors can discover the world of the Ancient Egyptians - including two mummies - and marvel at important collections of Greek and Etruscan art and archaeology. Natural Northumbria uncovers what is special about the North East of England’s animals and plants exploring woodlands, uplands, lowlands, and coastal areas.
World Cultures showcases objects in the Museum collections from across the world including the Islands of the Pacific, the great land masses of Africa and Asia, the plains of North America, as well some parts of Europe (including Newcastle, of course).
The collections in the museum belong to the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN), the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne (SANT) and the Shefton collection of Greek and Etruscan objects was bequeathed by the late Professor Brian Shefton.
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Free entry, donations welcome.
Admission charges apply for Planetarium shows.
- You Tube
- VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
- Visit England Code of Practice 2014
- Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme - Awaiting Grading 2014
- Regional and Miscellaneous Tourism Awards 2010 - Silver 2010
- Regional and Miscellaneous Use our Loos 2011
- Visit England Visit England Award for Excellence 2012
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
Parking & Transport
- On site parking - The Great North Museum: Hancock can be found just off the Great North Road (B1318). Please note that there is limited parking for Blue Badge holders only. Non-blue badge holders should park in Claremont Road car park - a five minute walk from the Museum.
- Groups Accepted
- Max group size - 999
- Min group size - 10
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- No Smoking Attraction
Map & Directions
The Museum can be found just off the Great North Road (B1318). Limited parking is available onsite for disabled users with blue badge parking permits. We recommend traveling by public transport or parking in Claremont Road car park which is a five minute walk from the Museum.
Public Transport Directions
The Museum is only five minutes walk from Haymarket Metro and bus stations, which is just two stops from Newcastle Central Station, the mainline rail station. The Museum is well signposted from the station. For more information on public transport telephone 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.traveline.info