7 Must-See Museums and Exhibition Spaces in Newcastle
Newcastle is situated in the North East of England. The city played a significant role during Industrial Revolution of 19th Century. Newcastle is a major regional centre in the North East of England with its routes dating to the Roman settlement it was built. Famous for its industrial heritage, and export of coal, internationally renowned bridges that span the length of the quayside and lively nightlife. Newcastle is also home to a wide range of ever popular museums and art galleries.
1. The Life Centre
The aim of the centre is “to inspire curiosity in science through an imaginative programme of exhibitions and events.” A breathtaking selection of activities is on offer to engage you in ‘living science,’ with most of the events and exhibitions containing interactive components. The Life Centre is located on Times Square within a few metress of the Central Railway station.
These are the art galleries and museums we recommend to first time visitors to Newcastle:
2. The Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, The Quayside
The Baltic centre, sitting on the Gateshead side of the Quayside, has become an icon of Tyneside and the North East. Originally built in the 1950s as a grain storage facility, it was converted into an art exhibition and performance space in 2002. The building specialises in contemporary arts and can accommodate large displays, owing to it’s large open plan areas and six floors of space. The spacious top floor is accessible by lift, as are all the floors in the building, and offers spectacular views of Newcastle. Admission to the building and panoramic viewing area is free.
3. Hancock Museum
This museum reopened in 2009 after a major refurbishment. There are exhibitions of rare animals, Egyptian history, ancient Greek dinosaurs and a planetarium. Check out the interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall to plan your next excursion in the North East.
4. Discovery Museum
This is located at Blandford Square; this museum specializes in the maritime and industrial history of the area. It also has sections dedicated to fashion and military history. In 2005 it attracted nearly half a million visitors, making it one of the most successful museums nationally.
5. Stephenson Railway Museum, Gateshead
This is another interesting place where people can relive the past when people travelled on steam railways. The museum still has two working prototypes of the steam engines along with other rolling stock that is not used these days. The museum also explains the importance of having local coal reserves available to the Newcastle area for the development of steam locomotion.
There is so much to do in Newcastle, the only way to see it all is to visit and take in everything for yourself. Whether it is for a family holiday or solo traveling, Newcastle is ready to cater to your entertainment needs. A stay in Newcastle is sure to make a deep impression on everyone making it one of the most enjoyable stays in your holiday itinerary. The place is equipped to look after your needs for a comfortable, enjoyable, interesting or even saucier stay that might just prompt you to come back for the second time.
6. Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
This well-known gallery has great exhibitions in contemporary arts that include ceramics, glass, woods, furniture, textiles, and metals. ‘The Blaydon Races’ painting by William Irving, which portrays the chaotic events of the races in 1861 is it’s most famous work.
7. The Castle Keep
The Castle Keep is an ancient monument with a grade 1 listed status. Inside the keep, there is a fascinating museum section which tells the story of Newcastle ‘s turbulent past, the history of the people who have lived there and the strategic importance to the area. The building was built during the reign of Henry II, and it was completed in 1178 after ten years of building. It is an excellent example of a ‘Norman Keep.’ The castle is located on St Nicholas Street as you head towards river Tyne. Parts of the old city wall still exists nearby at Hanover Street and further away off Stowell Street in the Blackfriars area.