The Great North Museum (formerly known as the Hancock Museum) is an award winning museum with an interactive walk through history for all the family. The museum reopened after it’s renaming and refurbisment in 2009 and was official open by HM The Queen. Following the opening, the museum welcomed over 600,000 visitors that year, making it one of the most popular museums in the UK.
The Great North Museum’s natural history section includes an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, new displays showing diversity of the animal and plant kingdoms, objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.
The interactive Bio-Wall features hundreds of creatures, that visitors will be able to investigate and find out where they live and how they survive in such extreme places as the Arctic and Desert.
Live animal tanks and aquariums have been integrated into this display where visitors are to see creatures such as wolf fish, pythons, lizards and leaf cutting ants. There is also a full size model of an elephant, a great white shark, a polar bear, a giraffe and moa skeleton.
Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT, 0191 222 6765.