Preparing for Rocket's departure

Opening times during September

What a fantastic summer we've had here at Discovery Museum and Tyne & Wear Archives as part of Great Exhibition of the North (22 June - 9 September). We welcomed 175,858 visitors through our doors who marvelled at Stephenson's Rocket, explored archive objects, and took virtual trips on Rocket Reimagined and LNER's Azuma.

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Work has begun around the exit of Stephenson's Rocket and the deinstall of other related exhibitions.

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. These dates are 18, 19 & 20 September.  

We apologise in advance for the disruption and any inconvenience this may cause. We aim to get back to normal service as soon as possible, so please bear with us. 

Key dates

From Monday 10 September Archives Search Room opening times are: 
Monday CLOSED 
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm 
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED
18 - 20 September (inclusive)  CLOSED - Archives research facilities will not be available during this time.
Tuesday 25 SeptemberOPEN as usual - normal service resumes