Grace Darling Museum
Grace Darling was a famous local girl, who with her father rescued shipwrecked sailors in a small open boat at the height of a storm, she died aged 26. The museum commemorates her achievement. It is currently undergoing redevelopment so phone for opening times. Open: Easter–Oct 10am-5pm, Oct- Easter 10am-4pm daily Closed 24-27 Dec and New Years day. Adult £2.75, Conc. (over 60s and 5- 16 year olds) £1.75, family £7.25 (2 adults and 3 children)
Great North Museum: Hancock
Newcastle upon Tyne
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE Following new advice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with other cultural organisations, they have taken the difficult decision to close the Great North Museum: Hancock from 5pm on Wednesday 18 March. This is provisionally until 1 May 2020 but they will be reviewing the situation and updating if anything changes. Please sign up to their emails at mustseemuseums.org.uk and check their social media channels and website so they can keep you up to date with what’s going on. (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 11am-4pm. Free The Great North Museum: Hancock is an exciting and innovative world-class visitor attraction. Highlights include a large-scale interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall and major new displays showing the wonder and diversity of the animal kingdom, life and death in Ancient Egypt and spectacular objects from Ancient Greeks. There is also a planetarium, a life-size replica of a T.Rex dinosaur skeleton and much more.)
Open Apr-Oct every Thurs and Sat, 10am-4pm. Free. Guisborough Museum relies solely on voluntary workers, and it is built within an old stable block. It was established in 1989 to preserve Guisborough’s heritage and to inform locals and visitors how the town developed, with over 1,000 objects on display, chosen to symbolise the town’s past for the people of its future.
2 Jesmond Road West, Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle’s newest fine art gallery opens up its iconic space to art enthusiasts across the North East with curated exhibits from select national and international artists.
Harperley POW Camp Museum
Open: 9am-5pm (daily) Originally designed to house low-risk Italian and German prisoners during WW II, the camp now boasts a caravan site, restaurant, farm gift shop as well as the museum itself. Virtually all of Harperley’s original structures remain, rendering the site unusual amongst British former concentration camps.
Hartlepool Art Gallery
10am-5.30pm Tues-Sat; 2am-5pm Sun Free. The exhibition programme, changing every six weeks, aims to have a wide appeal, showing family exhibitions, but also including challenging contemporary art.
Hartlepool's Maritime Experience
Open Apr-Oct 10am-5pm daily, Nov-Mar 11am-4pm daily. Adults £8.50, concessions £6.50, under 5s go free, family ticket £25 (2 adults & 3 children). If you like the sound of the Museum of Hartlepool, then feed your seafaring interests by taking in the Maritime Experience too. A full day’s admission will pay for you to discover Hartlepool’s Historic Quay, to discover the HMS Trincomalee, Britain’s oldest warship still afloat. Canons at the ready, quayside steady, fire!
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Described in recent years as “one of the most impressive exhibition spaces in Britain”, Newcastle University’s Hatton Gallery, situated in the old Quadrangle, has been at the heart of cultural life in the north-east since the early twentieth century and they have a highly-regarded programme of historical, modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Over recent years this programme has included major historical monographs, diverse partnership projects and exciting new commissions from leading contemporary artists. On permanent display is Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbarn, considered by many to be one of the seminal artworks of the twentieth century.
Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum
Darlington, County Durham
Open Apr-Sept Tues-Sun 10am-4pm. Oct–Mar Weds-Sun 11am-3.30pm. Adult £4.95, over 60s £3.75, 6-16 years £3.00, under-5s free. Family £10 (2 adults &3 children per visit). £1.7 million has been invested into this museum which re-launched in April 2008. The traditional locomotives continue to be the backbone of the museum, but the flesh and organs that complete the body are its new and interactive displays. If you feel yourself running out of steam (pun intended), you can refuel in the new and improved café.
Want to know how wheat was traditionally milled? Visit the restored and operating 19th century undershot watermill. You can see wheat milling daily, water levels permitting. You'll find exhibitions and demonstrations of all processes from the wheel to finished flour.
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
A commisioning and placements agency - opened by the Queen no less. Helix enables artists to work within the community (usually in residencies).
Hexham Old Gaol
Northumberland, NE46 1XD
HM Bark Endeavour
Booked guided tours by appointment only. Adults £4, children £3. Take a walk with local luminary Cap’n James Cook by booking a guided tour on a scale model replica of his famous ship, the HM Bark Endeavour.