Corporate Hire

A unique and memorable venue for all manner of events

Whether you are organising a conference, meeting or networking event, wedding or dinner, this award-winning museum provides an unforgettable experience. For an unrivalled location, why not host your dinner or reception alongside an elephant, giraffe and a great white shark in the fantastic, double height Living Planet Gallery? The versatile Exhibition Space can be hired as a whole or subdivided into three separate rooms to accommodate events for up to 443 guests. Alternatively, a more intimate space opens out onto a private garden providing an excellent location for a range of events, including summer barbecues and drinks receptions. The Great North Museum: Hancock is situated in a prime city centre location close to transport links and a variety of accommodation. 

Maximum capacities: Theatre 443, Boardroom 170, Dining 340, Reception 1300

Room capacities

Theatre CabaretBoardroomDinnerReception
Clore Suite and Garden 100645580120
Small Exhibition Space120728090140
Medium Exhibition Space300160130200320
Full Exhibition Space443280170340443
Street cafe---3050
Hancock restaurant / restaurant with balcony---6080
Natural History Society of Northumbria’s ornate board room--121220
Living Planet Gallery 50--120200
Hadrian's Wall Gallery & Living Planet Gallery ---220-
Whole museum---3001300


Catering can be provided including hot fork buffets, three-course dining and drinks. Download our catering options below:

Contact us

To find out more about hiring the Great North Museum: Hancock please contact us on: 

Telephone: (0191) 277 2303 / Email: and state that you're interested in hiring a space at the Great North Museum: Hancock. 

Your event enquiry will go directly to our catering and events concession Totally Delicious. 

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