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Great North Museum: Hancock

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Great North Museum features pieces from the Hancock Museum and Newcastle University’s Museum of Antiquities, the Shefton Museum and the Hatton Gallery.

Key exhibits include a fully interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, natural history, a significant display of plants and animals , spectacular objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.

The Living Planet exhibition is home to a myriad of creatures and, via interactive technology and exhibits, you can better understand their diverse habitats, and how they are well equipped to not only survive but thrive in the most inhospitable of environments.

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.

The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle Upon Tyne, founded in 1813, and the oldest provincial antiquarian society in the country, call The Great North Museum: Hancock home. With regular displays at the museum, their collection of books and artefacts are put to very good use, telling the history of Hadrian's Wall, as well as other fascinating aspects of history.

Following his visits to Dorchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow, the Natural History Museum's famous Dinosaur Dippy has come to Newcastle for a very special exhibition. Dippy the Diplodocus lived in London for over 100 years but now he's on an adventure around the UK's best family museums. Unveiled to the British public in 1905, Dippy was cast from the type specimen found in America. The full skeleton is 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres high. Dippy will be available for viewing at The Great North Museum until 6th October

With a fantastic ticket price of "absolutely free" it's a fun filled day for all the family, without breaking the bank.

For those fans of the museum, there is also the option to become a volunteer, giving back through their own personal contributions.

Opening Times

Great North Museum: Hancock (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Monday10:0017:00*
Tuesday10:0017:00*
Wednesday10:0017:00*
Thursday10:0017:00*
Friday10:0017:00*
Saturday10:0016:00*
Sunday11:0016:00*

* Open seven days a week except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Also closed Sunday 1 January 2017 and Monday 2 January 2017.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

 

 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free admissionFree

Free entry, donations welcome.
Admission charges apply for Planetarium shows.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Museum can be found just off the Great North Road (B1318). Limited parking is available onsite for disabled users with blue badge parking permits. We recommend traveling by public transport or parking in Claremont Road car park which is a five minute walk from the Museum.

Public Transport Directions

The Museum is only five minutes walk from Haymarket Metro and bus stations, which is just two stops from Newcastle Central Station, the mainline rail station. The Museum is well signposted from the station. For more information on public transport telephone 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.traveline.info

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  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - The Great North Museum: Hancock can be found just off the Great North Road (B1318). Please note that there is limited parking for Blue Badge holders only. Non-blue badge holders should park in Claremont Road car park - a five minute walk from the Museum.

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  • Groups Accepted
  • Max group size - 999
  • Min group size - 10

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  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

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  • You Tube

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Awards

  • Visit England Code of Practice 2014
  • Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme - Awaiting Grading 2014
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTourism Awards 2010 - Silver Tourism Awards 2010 - Silver 2010
  • Regional and MiscellaneousUse our Loos Use our Loos 2011
  • Visit EnglandVisit England Award for Excellence Visit England Award for Excellence 2012

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