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Great North Museum Hancock, Newcastle


Great North Museum: Hancock

The Great North Museum: Hancock incorporates collections from the old Hancock Museum: the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN)Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne (SANT) (Newcastle University’s Museum of Antiquities), the Shefton Museum and the Hatton Gallery.

Highlights include a a life-size T-Rex dinosaur replica skeleton, a large-scale interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, major displays showing the wonder and diversity of the animal kingdom, spectacular objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a life size elephant and a planetarium.

The Living Planet display houses hundreds of creatures and by using a mixture of touch screen technology and hands-on investigations, visitors can investigate these animals and find out where they live and how they survive in such extreme places as the arctic and desert.

Live animal tanks and aquaria are integrated into this major display where visitors can see wolf fish, pythons and lizards to name a few. Star objects include a full size model of an elephant, a great white shark, a virtual aquarium, live animal displays, a polar bear, a giraffe and moa skeleton.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturdays: 10am to 4pm

Sundays: 11am to 4pm

Saturday Storytimes: Every Saturday at 10.30am & 11.30am
Crafts from 1.30pm – 3pm
Free, no booking

NEW from 1:30pm – 3pm after Storytimes the Mouse House is transformed into a creative workshop where young children can engage with craft activities.
Come and meet the Great North Mouse and Georgina during our Saturday Storytime sessions; the Great North Mouse is a little explorer who lives in the Mouse House and explores the museum at night. He loves it when children come to visit the museum as he can share all the things he has learnt on his travels.  Storytimes are for young children and their carers, where little ones can engage with a different theme each week through through story and song.

Free entry

By public transport:

The Great North Museum: Hancock is only a five minute walk from Haymarket Metro and Bus stations. Haymarket Metro station is just two stops from Central Station the mainline rail station.  The museum is well signposted from both stations. Please contact the Nexus traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit the traveline website for more information about public transport.

By car:

The Great North Museum: Hancock can be found just off the Great North Road (B1318).  Please note that there is no parking on site.  There is limited parking for Blue Badge holders only.  We would recommend travelling by public transport or parking in Claremont Road car park which is a five minute walk from the Museum.

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