Discovery Museum

We aim to keep our website as up-to-date as possible but due to the ongoing situation, it is still recommended to check the business website before you visit. Please only visit venues in your household or support bubble and be aware of the 10pm curfew at pubs, restaurants and late-night leisure venues.

Telephone: 0191 232 6789


We're Good to Go

The measures we have put in place:

  • Please only visit as an individual household/support bubble of up to 6.
  • To ensure we can maintain social distancing and to help us make your visit safe and enjoyable, it is important that as many people as possible book a ticket in advance.
  • There will be a small allocation of tickets for people who walk up on the day and those who are not able to book tickets online.
  • Our staff will greet you at a distance. They will be wearing face coverings or visors and we have new protective screens at our welcome desk.
  • Staff and volunteers will be happy to help you adjust to the new way of visiting.
  • The Discovery café will be open but can only be visited as part of the one-way route around the Museum.
  • Any purchases in the shop must be made at the end of your visit. If possible, please use a contactless payment method in our shop and café.
  • We have increased cleaning in all public areas and especially in areas of high contact.

How you can help when visiting us:

  • You’ll need to choose a timeslot. The timeslot is for your arrival time only and the length of time you can stay will be made clear during the booking process and on your ticket.
  • Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit.
  • To comply with the law, you will be required to wear a face covering to enter the Museum and for the duration of your visit.
  • Please arrive within 10 minutes of the start time of your ticket.
  • Please do not pass your phone or printed tickets to our staff.
  • Please help us maintain hygiene and protect our collections by not bringing food and drink into the Museum.
  • We encourage you to use the hand sanitisers around the Museum.
  • If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit.

Discovery Museum reopened on 1 September 2020.

Some areas of the Museum are closed until it is safe to open them. These include:

  • Play Tyne (water play for under 7s)
  • Play + Invent creative space
  • Hands-on interactive displays in all galleries
  • Soft play in Science Maze

The museum is admitting fewer people to provide enough space for social distancing. This means you're advised to book your visit in advance. If you don't book, you may have to queue outside the Museum until the number of visitors in the Museum has reduced to a safe level.

Tickets are available via their website from Tuesday 18 August 2020.

Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside at Discovery Museum, 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.

Visitors to the Discovery Museum can reap the benefits of free entry, as it's positioned within Newcastle it has great transport links for both public and private transport.

The displays are regularly updated and complemented by an array of free, fun learning activities and a changing programme of exhibitions.

One of the 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 breath-taking discoveries.

Discovery Museum is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) on behalf of Newcastle City Council. TWAM have an extensive archive exploring North East history and heritage and includes things you may not expect! Heavier! Faster! Louder! The Story of Tyneside Heavy Metal is a six-part audio documentary narrated by renowned hard rock DJ Alan Robson and is available for you to listen to thanks to Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

Useful Information

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00

Thursday 10:00 - 16:00

Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone: 0191 232 6789



Events at Discovery Museum

RAF Red Arrows flight simulator

10 Feb 2020 to 10 Feb 2021


SOLD OUT Creepy Crafts at Discovery...

29 Oct 2020 to 30 Oct 2020


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