Next to campus, 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.
Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives operate a wide variety of museums across the region, focusing on the rich Roman history of the area.
The University has its own 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 the traditional, with an impressive selection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings, as well as a rolling programme of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists.