Newcastle’s museums and galleries are packed with industrial heritage and scientific discoveries, old masterpieces and contemporary classics, with plenty of storytelling and historical reconstructions to keep you busy. Take a look at our guide and see what you could find on your visit.
Travel back in time with a trip to Beamish. This world famous, open air museum tells the story of life in the northeast with buildings, vehicles and artefacts from the 1820s to the 1940s. Costumed actors, music, a fairground and plenty of events help bring the past back to life.
Explore the maritime, scientific and industrial history of the northeast at the Discovery Museum. Wander around the Turbinia steam boat, watch a science show or crack the enigma code; there’s lots here for the whole family to discover.
From picture books to teen fiction, Seven Stories celebrates the best loved books for children. With unique displays of artwork and manuscripts, as well as talks and storytelling events, old and young bookworms will find lots to inspire them.
Perched on the south bank of the River Tyne, the BALTIC is the UK’s largest contemporary art space. Housed in a converted flour mill, the gallery has a reputation for cutting edge exhibitions. Feeling peckish? Head to the gallery’s rooftop restaurant for great local food with a breathtaking view.
Stephenson Railway Museum
Take a trip back to the golden age of rail at the Stephenson Railway Museum. Celebrating the work of George and Robert Stephenson, who spent 20 years in Tyneside, this museum has a range of steam trains on display, as well as some ready to take you on a ride.
Founded in 1925, Hatton Gallery is part of Newcastle University. From paintings and sculptures to prints and drawings, the gallery’s 3,500 works range from the fourteenth century to the present day and include paintings by Francis Bacon and Wyndham Lewis.
Laing Art Gallery
Since it was founded in 1901, the Laing Art Gallery has an internationally important collection of British paintings, ceramics, silver and glassware. Its ornate vaulted galleries are the perfect setting for everything from pre-Raphaelite masterpieces to twentieth century classics.
Great North Museum
In 1884, Newcastle born ornithologist and trailblazing taxidermist, John Hancock, founded the Great North Museum. Take a trip to the stars in the planetarium or around the natural world with everything from live animal tanks and an aquarium, to fossils and archaeological finds.
Port of Tyne Gallery
Part of the Customs House arts venue, the Port of Tyne Gallery showcases the best in international, national and local contemporary art. Whether you like figurative or abstract painting, sculpture or installations, you’ll find a piece to inspire you in this gallery.
Centre for life
Got a passion for science? Join the 250,000 visitors that head to the Life Science Centre each year. Find out what’s going on inside your brain, discover how real science experiments are done, explore the stars and take a 4D motion ride. You have all the scientific elements for a great day out!
Housed in a former Victorian warehouse in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, the Biscuit Factory is a contemporary art gallery. Over two floors, you’ll find exciting displays of fine art, sculpture, original prints and jewellery, quality craftsmanship and beautifully designed homeware.
Jarrow Hall and Bede Museum
Previously known as Bede’s World, Jarrow Hall and Bede Museum celebrates the life of Bede, a monk, author and scholar from the seventh century. Visit a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon farm, explore the ornate Georgian Jarrow Hall and learn some heritage skills in a workshop.
Shipley Art Gallery
Opening in 1917 with 504 works bequeathed by local solicitor Joseph Shipley, the Shipley Art Gallery’s collection has grown to include paintings and drawings, as well as decorative art and craft. Check out the artist talks, family activities, music concerts and vintage fairs held here throughout the year.
National Glass Centre
Glass making has played a key part in the northeast’s history, bringing together the area’s religious and industrial heritage. As well as exploring the history of glass and looking at the beautiful displays, you’ll also get the chance to see glassblowing in action.
Built by George Stephenson in 1826, the Bowes Railway used to carry coal from the mines to the Tyne. At its peak, it handled over one million tonnes of coal each year but today it only takes visitors. Explore Newcastle’s industrial heritage with guided tours, mining displays, blacksmith and joinery demonstrations.
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