Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, from the area’s renowned maritime history and world-changing science and technology right through to fashion through the eras and military history. The museum is bursting with interactive displays, which makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun.
Our displays are regularly updated and complemented by an array of free, fun learning activities.
One of our favourite exhibits – Turbinia – dominates the entrance to the Museum. Invented on Tyneside, it is the first ship to be powered by a steam turbine. The 35 metre vessel was once the fastest ship in the world and her history is brought to life in the Turbinia Story display. She sets the standard for a day out that is guaranteed to be filled with breathtaking discoveries.
Find out more about Discovery’s permanent displays here and the temporary exhibition programme here.
You can also read more about some of the North East’s most famous inventors who are featured in Discovery Museum’s displays, including Charles Parsons and William Armstrong, at the Newcastle Science City website here.
Discovery Museum is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of Newcastle City Council.
Donations welcome (free entry) Play Tyne (waterplay for 7yrs and under): small charge applies
Weekdays: 10am – 4pm
Weekends: 11am – 4pm
*Important change to opening times* Closed on all Bank Holidays, including Good Friday & Easter Monday.
How to get to Discovery Museum
By public transport
Discovery Museum is only a five minute walk from Newcastle Central Station Metro, the mainline rail station and local bus services. The museum is well signposted from the station.
For more information on public transport telephone the NEXUS traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit thetraveline website.
Discovery Museum is based on Blandford Square in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Museum can be found just off the A6082 from Redheugh Bridge heading onto St James’ Boulevard or from the A186 from Westmorland Road heading onto St James’ Boulevard.
Parking is available outside the Museum in a pay and display car park, but it is extremely limited and gets very busy. We would recommend travelling by public transport or parking at the multistorey car park on Waterloo Street, which is a two minute walk from the Museum.