8 Family Friendly Museums and Galleries to Visit

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GREAT NORTH MUSEUM: HANCOCK
The living planet gallery (which spans the ground and first floor of the museum) is undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to Hancock, telling the story of wildlife and habitat with a series of life-size displays, but there’s plenty more to see. Walk the Hadrian’s Wall gallery, rummage through Fossil Stories (and see the T.rex!) and under fives will love The Mouse House.
Barras Bridge, Newcastle 0191 208 6765 www.greatnorthmuseum.org.uk

LIFE SCIENCE CENTRE
Astronaut Chris Hadfield described Life Science Centre’s planetarium as ‘magical’, and said it would go a long way in helping to inspire the next generation of astronauts. If that’s not enough of a reason to visit we don’t know what is – but how about the curiosity zone, the region’s only 4D motion ride and a world-class calendar of exhibitions? See you there.
Times Square, Newcastle 0191 243 8210 www.life.org.uk

THE BOWES MUSEUM
The Bowes Museum has proved its mettle when it comes to hosting world-class exhibitions, but that’s not all they do well. They also provide fun (and educational, but don’t tell the kids) games and
activities, dressing up areas, quizzes and interactive devices to bring any exhibition to life, and run popular family fun days in the holidays. 
Barnard Castle 01833 690606 www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

NATIONAL GLASS CENTRE
Discover the history of glassmaking in Sunderland, see glass being made and, if you’re up for it, even have a go yourself – you can book in for a one hour experience or a one to one session. Liberty Way, 
Sunderland 0191 515 5555 www.nationalglasscentre.com

BALTIC
Whether you’re dropping into Six to treat your tastebuds, examining the regularly changing exhibitions or simply enjoying the panorama from the level 5 viewing box, there’s plenty to keep you busy at this quayside conversion. Head to Quay (on the second floor) to get messy with a range of creative activites.
BALTIC, Gateshead 0191 478 1810 www.balticmill.com

WOODHORN MUSEUM
Winner of Living North’s Attraction of the Year 2015, Woodhorn Museum offers a fantastic insight into the North East’s mining past with traditional pit buildings (including the stables and engine rooms). Learn about particular trades, tragedies and triumphs through guided tours and a lively exhibition programme. Oh and it’s also home to original artworks by The Pitmen Painters. 
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington 01670 624455 www.experiencewoodhorn.com

SEVEN STORIES
The National Centre for Children’s Books, already this year Seven Stories has run exhibitions on Harry Potter, origami and nursery rhymes and there’s plenty more in store. The attraction is spread over seven floors (hence
the name) and includes multiple galleries, story stations, a bookshop, coffee shop and is also home to the Michael Morpurgo archive. 
Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle 0300 330 1095 www.sevenstories.org.uk

SEGEDENUM ROMAN FORT
The North East’s answer to the Great Wall, climb to the top of the 35-metre high viewing tower at Segedenum for spectacular vistas across Hadrian’s Wall. Amazingly, 80 metres of the original wall are still standing and you can learn all about their history at this important heritage site. Fan of Time Team? Then get amongst the excavated fort. 
Buddle Street, Wallsend 0191 278 4217 www.segedunumromanfort.org.uk

Published in: August 2016

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