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“Good if your younger”

The Discovery Museum
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 25 November 2013

A great museum with lots which showcase the North East - but if you are older then you have probably visited enough times to have seen everything more than once. There are a lot of fixed exhibitions which haven't changed for a very long time. But saying all that it is good for younger people and it can keep them amused for most of the day. Best bit is it is big, open and free with lots and lots of hands on stuff. Very well worth a visit for younger people and excellent for new visitors to the region.

There is a cafe but it does have plenty of room for improvement and I would recommend you eat before or after your visit.

Worth a visit but if you are local and have been with young children then you will probably find that not much has changed.

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

On 3 floors with a large lift this was an exciting museum to visit. As you enter at ground floor level you see the slimmest ship ever built. It's proportions are unlike anything I have viewed before. relatively long, incredibly narrow, and astonishingly with NINE propellors. The ''TURBINIA'' was the worlds first ship to be turbo powered, and she could do up to 40mph. Not bad for 1894!
We moved on to the ''Newcastle Story which looked at the area from Roman to modern times. I loved this exhibit, and found it fascinating. It took well over 2 hours to cover it adequately, but I would have loved to spend more time there on a future visit.
On the first floor was a superb collection of scientific instruments, with decent explanations for most. Some are interactive, but I feel more could be done here.
The only disappointment I had was, as I viewed the art gallery, that I felt the paintings were just too expensive for me. However, for other people they will be a paltry sum!
Well worth a visit, and less than 5 minutes walk from the main rail station.

Thank EdinburghDoug
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

The discovery museum is probably one of the best free museums in the north east. Well worth a visit.

Thank RobArmstrong666
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Main thing is that it's accessible for anyone of any age as its free!! Which particularly is good as I'm a student and a free day out which is interesting is a bonus. It goes through the ages of Newcastle without being boring as its so interactive, loads to see and do!! Aimed at all ages, it's well worth a visit as the name implies you discover so much.

Thank Eleanor F
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

We just popped in here for a quick lunch on our last day in Newcastle but the kids had such a good time that we struggled to get them to leave. The lunches were great and good value, the queues soon built up so it seems to be popular. We had rolls and sausage and soup and it was well worth the money. The actual musuem is full of things to fascinate kids. There's a great water play area which can get a bit messy but the kids loved it. There are loads of interactive exhibits - lots to learn without even realising it! - and it's just a great day out.

Thank Ellie11
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