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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Discovery Museum Newcastle

The Discovery Museum in Newcastle is one of the city's prime attractions. At the Discovery Museum Tyneside's rich history of science, technology and industry is presented through a fascinating series of exhibits.

Discovery Museum Newcastle.


The Discovery Museum occupies three floors of the former Co-operative Wholesale Society building.

The central exhibit is the 30 meter-long Turbinia, the fastest ship in the world at the turn of the twentieth century. The vessel was designed in 1894 by the local Tyneside engineer Sir Charles Parsons and was the first ship to be powered by steam turbines. Another North East invention is honoured with a replica of first incandescent light bulb by Joseph Swan (1828-1914). Swan's house in Gateshead was the first in the world to be lit by light bulbs.

There's also a fascinating section dedicated to Tyne shipbuilding, an interactive science maze for kids, and a "Story of Newcastle" section giving the low-down on the city's history, from Pons Aelius (Newcastle's Roman name) through to Cheryl Cole.

Play Tyne, which costs 1 GBP, is a special play area for the under 7's, focused on the role of water in the development of Tyneside and the way water is used.

Discovery Museum Newcastle.


The Discovery Museum includes many wall panels as well as hands-on exhibits that are popular with kids. Teachers can download 2 worksheets for the museum from the website below.

Discovery Museum

Blandford Square
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4JA
Tel: 0191 232 6789
Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 4pm
Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am - 4pm
Admission: Free

The Discovery Museum is a short walk from Newcastle Central Station and the Metro.

The second floor Turbinia Cafe serves a range of hot and cold meals, sandwiches and drinks.
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