Discovery Museum


Telephone: 0191 232 6789


We're Good to Go

The measures we have put in place:

  • 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.

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. Discovery Museum have also launched a new online exhibition & Victorian underwear film: The Female Form Through Time.

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

Closed on Bank Holidays

Telephone: 0191 232 6789



Events at Discovery Museum

Colourful Discoveries - an online...

7 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 2021


The Female Form Through Time

22 Mar 2021 to 31 Dec 2021


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