Science and local history museum based in Newcastle upon Tyne. From the region’s shipbuilding heritage to inventions that changed the world.


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Science and local history museum based in Newcastle upon Tyne. From the region’s shipbuilding heritage to inventions that changed the world. Innovation. Invention. People.

Discovery Museum is housed in the old Co-operative Wholesale Society building, Blandford House. Opening in 1899, it quickly became an iconic building in Newcastle city centre. Blandford House became a museum in 1978 and was re-launched as Discovery Museum in 1993.

Discovery Museum started life in Exhibition Park, Newcastle in 1934 as the Municipal Museum of Science and Industry, the first science museum outside of London. It was housed in the temporary pavilion that was built for the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition.

As you enter the museum you’ll come face to face with Turbinia. Charles Parsons’ 34 metre steam powered ship that was once the fastest ship in the world and an iconic part of the history of Tyneside.

Immerse yourself in the history of Newcastle focusing on the area’s maritime, scientific and technological importance to Britain and the rest of the world.


Address: Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JA

Phone0191 232 6789


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