The Hancock or The Great North Museum to use its official title is one of two museums situated in the heart of Newcastle City Centre and is a must for everyone.
It was opened as the Hancock way back in 1884 and then renamed the Hatton Gallery in 1925 before being renamed again as the Great North Museum in 2000. It is the 18th most visited natural history and art museum in the UK attracting more than 638,000 visitors yearly.
The natural history museum includes an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, new displays showing diversity of the animal and plant kingdoms, objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a cast of a T-Rex dinosaur skeleton. The interactive Bio-Wall features hundreds of creatures, that visitors will be able to investigate and find out where they live and how they survive in such extreme places as the Arctic and Desert. There is also a full-size model of an elephant, a great white shark display, polar bear and giraffe specimens from the historic Hancock collections and a moa skeleton. Also between May and October 2019, the museum hosted Dippy the dinosaur as part of its UK tour.
Monday – Friday (10:00 – 17:00)
Saturday (10:00 – 16:00)
Sunday (11:00 – 16:00)
FREE – £5 donation is appreciated