Galleries & Museums

Must-see Galleries and Museums

When the weather is not conducive to soaking up the sun, soak up some culture instead. Newcastle's cultural renaissance means there are a wealth of ways to indulge your intellectual side, including an art gallery and award-winning museum on campus.



Galleries in Newcastle showcase a range of artwork, from traditional art from the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century, to modern art. 

The University has its own art gallery: the Hatton Gallery.

For modern art the converted grain warehouse Baltic on the Gateshead Quays offers one of the biggest spaces in Europe for its ever-changing calendar of exhibitions.

The Biscuit Factory, which started life as a working Victorian factory, is now Britain's biggest commercial gallery.

The city's Laing Art Gallery focuses on traditional art from the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century, plus contemporary exhibits.

Specialist galleries include the Cluny, the Side Gallery and Newcastle Arts Centre.


The University-led Great North Museum houses an impressive collection of 3,500 natural history, archaeological and ethnological collections, as well as hosting travelling national exhibitions from the likes of the British Museum.

The interactive Centre for Life and the Discovery Museum are both science-based attractions.

Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives operate a wide variety of museums across the region, focusing on the rich Roman history of the area.