It’s all change at Discovery Museum with improved weekend opening hours and an upgraded Play Tyne water attraction launched in time for the October half term school holidays.

The new times, which take effect from Sunday 27 October, are 11am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday, meaning the museum is now open for the main part of the day across the weekend. It is hoped that this will make it more family friendly for visitors with young children who can now visit the museum earlier on a Sunday.

The museum’s ever popular Play Tyne attraction will also be receiving an upgrade in time for the October half term holiday, with extra water-based toys to help keep the little ones entertained.

From Saturday 26 October, the museum will now charge a nominal fee of £1 per child for the attraction to assist with running and maintenance costs.

Themed around the River Tyne, Play Tyne helps visitors aged seven and under to explore the river and its bridges through the use of imaginative hands-on water play activities.

Hazel Edwards, Manager of Discovery Museum, said: “We have a number of exciting things planned for Play Tyne to help maintain it as one of our most popular attractions for young children. We’re always listening to parents, who have told us that they would like us to expand our current Play Tyne offer and we believe charging a small fee will help us to do this as well as ensure the attraction’s place in the museum long into the future.

“The new weekend opening times are also a big change for us and will help families better plan their weekend visits.”

The museum has a number of exciting events planned for half term, including a Spooky Night at the Museum Halloween party on 31 October between 5-7pm. Aimed at a family audience, this year’s scare fest includes a spooky circus, a gruesome museum trail and, of course, frightening face painting.

The Balman Gallery also returned to Discovery Museum this month for a long-term residency in our temporary exhibition space.

The new Balman Gallery show offers visitors the opportunity to buy affordable art from some of the North East's up and coming artists.

Hazel Edwards said: “We’re very excited about our Autumn programme as it has something for everyone, whether you like art, or are looking for ways to entertain young children.”

From Sunday 27 October Discovery Museum will be open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm. Admission to the Museum is free.

For more information call Christopher Knox on 0191 232 2168

Christopher Knox
Corporate Communications Officer
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Newcastle NE1 4JA
Email: [email protected]