Preparing for Rocket's arrival

Opening Friday 22 June

We’re working full steam ahead to welcome a series of ground-breaking exhibits and temporary displays, including Robert Stephenson’s iconic steam locomotive Rocket, as one of the headline venues on the Get North Innovation Trail, running from 22 June - 9 September as part of Great Exhibition of the North.

During this time we ask you to use our alternative entrance which is located 50m down the side of the museum, next to the Challenger 2 tank.

We’ll be closed to the general public at key times during the installation of exhibits and galleries, and for the duration of key displays. 

From 23 - 28 June the Archives Search Room will not be delivering its usual service. During this time this space will be the home to an exciting visiting display, the 
Blue Peter Millennium Time Capsule.


Access during The Great Exhibition:

Key dates

Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 June (inclusive) CLOSED to the general public 

Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 June (inclusive)CLOSED to the general public
(Discovery Museum only will be open from 1pm on Friday 22 June, for the launch of Great Exhibition of the North).
Saturday 23 - Thursday 28 June (inclusive)Blue Peter Millennium Time Capsule on display in the Archives Search Room
Saturday 23 - Friday 29 June (inclusive)    Archives research facilities will not be available during this time.
Tuesday 3 JulyOPEN as usual - normal service resumes 

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause – but we’re sure you’ll agree that this is an unmissable opportunity, to be part of 2018’s biggest cultural event in England.

Find out more about the Rocket’s arrival (this link will take you to the Discovery Museum website).