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Address: Hancock Museum Great North Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT, England
Phone Number: +44 191 208 6765
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Great natural history museum

The great north museum is worth visiting when in Newcastle. Personally I preferred it to the discovery museum. The Hadrians wall artefacts are so interesting and all the displays... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kirsten M
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Newcastle, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to this museum at the weekend and although not to my taste it would be great to take children too where they can run around in the huge museum and look at the animals! There is also some live animals such as snakes dotted around in tanks. There is a cafe for food and drinks. I have also been... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The great north museum is worth visiting when in Newcastle. Personally I preferred it to the discovery museum. The Hadrians wall artefacts are so interesting and all the displays are well kept. I spent about 1.5 hours here. Great free entertainment!

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at The Great North Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review Kirsten, very pleased to read that you had a good visit. The Hadrian's Wall gallery is a real gem, we're so proud of it. Hope to see you again in the future. Caroline McDonald, Museum Manager More 

Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice little museum. It wasn't busy and was pretty quiet. Its 2 levels with maybe 8 exhibits or so. There is also 2 cafés. I really enjoyed the Ancient Egypt and Greece exhibits. There is also a large wildlife exhibit which I think kids would really like, and a dinosaur that you can't miss!! The only thing... More 

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at The Great North Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review Rachael, glad to read that you enjoyed your visit. Low lighting is often put in place for conservation reasons, to protect objects from damage by light. I'm delighted that you are encouraging people to leave a donation - your generosity helps keep the museum free for all to enjoy. Caroline McDonald, Museum Manager More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is the best for all the telling of the history of Hadrian's wall and all its artifacts and the natural history and dinosaurs are the best part of it all and the cafe was decent too.

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at The Great North Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review Ethan, really pleased that you liked our galleries. The Hadrian's Wall gallery is one of the best introductions to the subject in any museum. Thanks for visiting our cafe - by supporting us in this way you are helping to keep the museum free for everyone to enjoy. Caroline McDonald, Museum Manager More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Great North Museum is definitely worth a visit if you are visiting Newcastle City Centre. It's one of the best free entry museums our family have ever visited. Our favourite exhibitions included the Dinosaurs, Egyptians and interactive Hadrians Wall.

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at The Great North Museum, responded to this review

Thanks Michael for leaving us a great review. I'm really pleased that you think we are one of the best free museums around. We're proud to be free so that everybody can access our amazing collections here in Newcastle. Caroline McDonald, Museum Manager More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this museum, well worth a visit, my favourite is the T. Rex which is apparently female. I've enjoyed a number of exhibitions here. But there's also the permanent Hadrian wall exhibition and the animals (stuffed) which are great

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at The Great North Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for a great 5-star review. I'm really pleased that you have enjoyed several exhibitions here - we have a new major show in February so please do come along again. Caroline McDonald, Museum Manager More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous day out,so much to see and do,the kids loved it and me,kept them busy for hours,beautiful building and grounds

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at The Great North Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Anne for the wonderful review. I'm so glad that you and your grandchildren had a lovely visit and I hope you'll return to see us again in the future. Caroline McDonald, Museum Manager More 

harrogate england
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

We have been before with my 5 year old son he loves it ! The planetarium is worth paying a few pounds for and the mummy was the highlight. Lots to do and see well worth a visit

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at The Great North Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the fantastic 5-star review. I'm so glad that your son loves to come to the museum. Thank you also for buying a ticket for a planetarium show - supporting us financially in this way helps us to remain a free museum that everyone can enjoy. Caroline McDonald, Museum Manager More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

A most entertaining day out for all the family, you will not be disappointed and it offers great value for money !! Have fun !!

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TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at The Great North Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the wonderful 5-star review Jules. I'm very glad you had such a good visit. We have a new family exhibition on animal bones opening in February 2017 – would love for you to come along and see it with your family. Caroline McDonald, Museum Manager More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Not too sure how to describe this. Strange and almost eclectic collection of various historical animals and objects. Bizarre and repetitive at times.

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Thank Linda D
TyneandWearMuseums, Manager at The Great North Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback Linda. We are certainly an eclectic museum but this is not necessarily a bad thing. We have outstanding, nationally important collections in many areas that allow visitors to experience the best of Natural History, Archaeology and world cultures within one visit – 'the world under one roof' as we have sometimes described it. We have... More 

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