Discovery Museum

What will students see and do?

Discovery Museum is a science and local history museum in Newcastle upon Tyne. It encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the history of Newcastle, focusing on the area’s maritime, scientific and technological importance to Britain and the rest of the world.

Groups entering the museum will immediately come face to face with Turbinia, Charles Parsons’ 34-metre steam-powered ship that was once the fastest in the world and an iconic part of the history of Tyneside.

The rest of the ground floor features temporary exhibition spaces and the Newcastle Story, which takes you through the city from Roman times to the early millennium.

The first floor delves further into Tyneside’s industrial, maritime and military past with exhibitions including Working Lives; Tyneside Challenge; Story of the Tyne; and Charge: The Story of England’s Northern Cavalry. There is also an under-sevens water play area called Playtyne.

The second floor is home to further steam engines, an interactive maze that explores the world of science and the PLAY+INVENT space, where children can make, invent and get creative.

Pupils can also explore Destination Tyneside, the UK’s only permanent gallery telling the story of migrants who have made Tyneside their home.

The museum is dedicated to supporting all learners, including those who have special educational needs and disabilities. To support these students, the site works in partnership with teaching staff to adapt workshops as appropriate and provides a range of resources to help children cope with a busy museum environment.

Teaching resources provided

Several information packs and videos are available online, as well as activities for students to take part in, including crafting, treasure hunts, baking recipes, bingo sheets, spot the difference and more.

These are themed around the topics of toys, transport, VE Day, illusions, fashion, bridges over the River Tyne, ships and shipbuilding, science works, women in STEM, gravity, mirrors, shadows, flight, carousels, code-breaking, seasides, maps, water, the Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead, inventors and colourful discoveries.

Minimum and maximum group size

Some exhibitions only allow a maximum of 30 people inside.

Details of risk assessment

Group leaders should create their own risk assessment using a preliminary visit and the venue’s hazard identification sheet, which can be downloaded from the website.


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Facilities On-Site

As well as the exhibitions, there is a cafe on the second floor that serves a range of coffees, teas and soft drinks, as well as hot and cold light bites and children’s lunchboxes.

Opening Times

Monday-Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11am-4pm



Entry is free but charges apply for workshops. Workshops cost from £60-£150 per group.

Travel arrangements

The Discovery Museum is a five-minute walk from Newcastle Central train station and well signposted – simply head west along Neville Street/Westmorland Road. There is minibus and coach parking nearby on Ord Street, near Newcastle Arena.


Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne

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