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“Very helpful staff, an excellent collection” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Great North Museum

The Great North Museum
Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT, England
0191 222 6765
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North East Coast
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“Very helpful staff, an excellent collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Firstly, a lovely building; secondly, some really good collections -we focussed on the Romans; thirdly, lockers etc so you are not cluttered up with stuff(£1) and can enjoy your visit. There are other collections/material not on display which you can arrange to see, they give public talks and both the Natural History Society and the Society of Antiquities are based here. The talks are given by knowledgeable staff from Tyne and Wear Museums and/ or the universities, well worth going to.
For children ,there is some really good stuff but it gets crowded winter hols/half terms etc.

Visited April 2013
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“Good fun for kids and free”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Tom my 5 yr old niece for a visit today and she really enjoyed herself. Probably not enough to fill more than a couple of hours, but definitely no complaints about the quality if what's there and as its free admission there's nothing to lose by having a wander round.

Visited April 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“An excellent free facility”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Lets start with the name, it's "Great North Museum: Hancock", the new name links it to other museums and preserves the Hancock connection.

There are loads of attractions but after looking at the animals our 2 year old spends most time on the upper level where there is an area he can run around, there are jars with things in and games to play as well as buttons to press making owl noises etc. There's also a play area downstairs in one corner with dress up things as well as hidey holes which is also good.

The cafe on the upper level is nice and you can get a loyalty card which can be used at other places like the Discovery museum to get free drinks after x stamps, etc. My only frustration is they ask you to come in one door, I invariably end up at the other door in front of the 'please use the other door' sign!

For parking I usually use the one behind the Civic Centre as this is close, but Exhibition Park is also nearby.

Visited March 2013
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“Another good visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Had another great visit to the museum today. Enjoyed the displays and there were some great craft activities for the kids. Thought we'd try the Planetarium today but was disappointed. I been to a few of these in the past but found this the least satisfactory. Firstly there was something wrong with the colours of the film. Dark and rather lifeless. Also, the seats are very uncomfortable and both myself and sister-in-law left with sore necks, and they continue to ache five hours later. Will go again but I'll give the planetarium a miss next time.

Visited April 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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“Updated history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This museum has been upgraded and changed completely from when it was the Hancock Museum. My opinion is that they shouldn't have changed the name as the founders deserved to be remembered. Having said that a lot of changes have taken place and it is now very interactive and certainly not a fussy duddy museum. The children will love it.

Visited July 2012
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