Even though they have two floors packed with animals, dinosaurs, mummies and fossils to maintain – Newcastle’s Great North Museum still manage to find the time to offer the public a host of interactive and interesting activities this Autumn.


International Print Biennale 2016
Saturday 17 September – Sunday 30 October
Free, no booking required. Drop in during museum hours
GNM are hosting two exhibitions as part of the 2016 International Print Biennale. In the Galleria, Norwegian artists (and sisters) Annette and Caroline Kierulf are showing a series of woodcuts they have made individually but resulting from a collaborative project. London-based Rebecca Jewell is an artist printmaker who specialises in working with museum collections. Her work displayed in the World Cultures Gallery explores her interest in both the natural world and human cultures.


Science Uncovered: Late
Friday 30 September, 6-10pm

Free, no booking required. Drop in
Across the continent, Friday 30 September is European Researchers’ Night so GNM thought they would open the museum late and fill it with some of the North East’s sharpest minds: scientists, thinkers, doers and fun-lovers. Researchers are the innovators, the risk-takers, pushing the boundaries of what we know and what’s possible. Grab a drink at the Science bar and chat with one about the burning issues of the day. Take a tour of the museum with a curator expert. Be the subject of groundbreaking current research. Be different.

Natural History Society of Northumbria Talks Programme
Fridays from 7 October, 7-8pm

Free for NHSN members. Suggested donation £3 for public. Drop in

Discover the natural world with this series of expert-led talks for adults.

October half term – Creatures of the Night week

Creatures of the Night: Make a Hedgehog a Home
Monday 24 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm

£6 per hedgehog box, one per family, first come first served. Drop in
Our Hedgehog population is in decline and they need your help. Join the team to make your own Hedgehog House to provide them with a safe place to sleep or hibernate over the winter. You’ll learn about these fascinating creatures as well. This is a family event and all materials are provided but boxes are limited to one per family on a first come, first served basis.

Creatures of the Night: Mischievous Masks
Tuesday 25 October, 11am – 3pm

Free, no booking required. Drop in
It’s not just ghosts and ghouls that go bump in the night! Some of the museum’s residents love the darkness too. The Hancock’s going to get hands on and make some masks inspired by their creatures of the night. Maybe your mask could be a part of this year’s Halloween costume? We’ll be making owls, bats, badgers and more.

Creatures of the Night: Wildlife of the Witching Hour
Wednesday 26 October, 11am – 3pm

Free, no booking required. Drop in
Some animals are known as nocturnal. This means that they are most active at night, often sleeping during the day. You can discover some of the animals that emerge under the cover of darkness with a special nocturnal nature trail. What do you think you’ll find along the way? Badgers? Owls? Bats? Come along and find out.

Autism Friendly: Relaxed Early Opening
Thursday 27 October, 9-10am

Free, advance booking essential.
This half term GNM are opening for an early private museum viewing for people with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders, along with their families and carers. You can explore the museum including the permanent displays that feature breathtaking artefacts like a T. rex replica skeleton, a scale model of Hadrian’s Wall and a life-size replica Great White shark, or wander galleries discovering the wonders of ancient civilisations like Greece and Egypt. See the evolution of life on earth in the animal kingdom from the beginning of time to the present day.

Creatures of the Night: Go Batty for Bats
Thursday 27 October, 11am – 3pm

Free, no booking required. Drop in
We’re going Batty for Bats! Did you know that bats are the only mammal that can fly, in the true sense of the word? We’ll be getting crafty to create our own bat finger puppets that you can take away and use to scare your friends. You’ll also be able to make a bat to add to our batty bunting. **COMPETITION TIME** Count up how many bats are in the museum to win a bat finger puppet.

Creatures of the Night: Busting the Myth of the Mummies
Thursday 27 October, 11am – 3pm

Free, no booking required. Drop in
What do you already know about mummification and mummies? We’ll be looking at the latest scientific research that’s been conducted on the mummies we have here at the Great North Museum: Hancock. Our expert curators will explain to you what we know about a mummified head from the museum stores, and we’ll have some cutting edge x ray and infra-red images for you to look at. We’ll do our best to answer your questions on mummies as well.

The Museum is open from Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturdays 10am – 4pm and Sundays 11am – 4pm and has free entry.
Address: Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

Visit: www.greatnorthmuseum.org.uk
Twitter: @GNM_Hancock
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