Great North Museum: Hancock

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Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
0191 208 6765

Great North Museum: Hancock Newcastle upon Tyne Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
530 reviews
Family-friendly museum Nov 15, 2017
This museum’s main appeal, it seems to me, is to children and families. Certainly on the cool August afternoon when we visited a year or so ago, that was its main audience – the place was packed with family groups enjoying many of the very well-presented collections. These have an emphasis on the north east of England, but by no means exclusively so, and include an excellent display about Hadrian’s Wall, with a large model and a variety of people of that time (a wall builder, a centurion, a local woman, a slave etc. etc.) brought to life through images and words. Also on display in this section are a number of artefacts, including the gold Aemelia Ring, believed to be one of the earliest Christian artefacts found in Britain.

Another impressive room holds a collection of stuffed animals, which I normally don’t much like, but here they are imaginatively displayed in what is termed “Living Planet”. The elephant here is a life-size model, but most of other creatures are stuffed ones, while a few are still alive, like the lizard in my fourth photo.

Elsewhere there are Egyptian mummies (one of which is unwrapped), a tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, objects from a wide variety of world cultures (African tribal pieces, a burial effigy from Malekula, Japanese swords and armour and a Hawaiian feather cape and helmet) and artefacts from (mostly early) British history.

We checked out some of these collections, enjoying the Hadrian’s Wall one in particular, but then navigated round the family groups to find the special exhibition we had come to see. This was the North East Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the images tucked away in an upstairs corridor and disappointing in number though good in quality. But the small size of the exhibit didn’t matter so much as we’d also been able to enjoy other areas of the museum. And as the museum is free, we can easily pop back again any time we feel like seeing the rest!

The exception to the free entry is the planetarium, where a charge is made for the variety of shows which include “Fragile Planet: Travel 120 million light years to rediscover home and Earth's special place in the Universe as the only known haven for life” and “Dawn of the Space Age: Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights” – check the museum website for details:

As to the practicalities, the museum is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturdays 10am to 4pm and Sundays 11am to 4pm. It is fully accessible to wheelchair users (but check the website’s access information for the details before you go). And there’s a café on the first floor and plenty of nice grounds if you prefer to bring a packed lunch.
Great North Museum: Hancock
Statue of Armstrong outside the mu…
Hadrian's Wall exhibit
A lizard
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Bojasem Bojasem
216 reviews
Great day Aug 03, 2016
It is a fantastic place to visit in Newcastle, it in Newcastle university.It was opened for visitors in 2009 area.The museum collection belong to Museum of Antiquities and Shefton Museum, which closed their doors in 2008.The entrance is free of charge for adults & children.Furthermore,it is a great place to bring your children to learn a lot of knowledge & see many things ,Also, it is thrilling for adults.I enjoyed watching in Pharoh & Roman items.

It is family destination & 100% worth visit.
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