Fossil Stories

Discover the Earth's past through its fossil record and find out how amazing some of these creatures were. Learn about the major changes to the landscape and the animals and plants that were around millions of years ago. Visitors can become palaeontologists and re-assemble a pre-historic creature using virtual technology. Sound, touch and animation brings alive a world that disappeared millions of years ago. This gallery also has a display on Crystals and Gems providing a sparkling story about minerals their formation, function and beauty.

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Living Planet

Permanent exhibition

The Bio Wall in Living Planet houses hundreds of creatures and by using a mixture of touch screen technology and hands-on investigations, visitors can investigate these animals and find out where...

Explore More!

Permanent exhibition

An exploratory space for all the family to find out about the Museum's collectors, the reasons why we collect, and the types of classification which can be adopted. This gallery interprets the...

Roman Empire

Permanent exhibition

This display explores objects from the wider Roman Empire including a huge porphyry foot and one of the most famous coins in the world, a Roman silver denari of Anthony and Cleopatra. Suitable for...

Ancient Greeks

Permanent exhibition

Find out what it was like to be an Ancient Greek and how this great civilisation was shaped by the mountainous terrain that helped to create many different city states. Visitors can listen to...

Natural Northumbria

Permanent exhibition

Visitors can discover what makes the North East region special in terms of the animals and plants as well as paying a 'virtual' visit to a number of sites in the area. Investigation Hides provide...

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