Planning your visit

Use this page to help plan a visit to the museum.

Welcome

As Covid restrictions are lifted we want to make sure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible so some measures will continue: 

  • Our staff will give visitors extra space and we encourage visitors to respect others’ space 
  • We support staff and visitors who would like to continue wearing face coverings in the museum, but this is optional 
  • We will monitor numbers to ensure the museum does not become too crowded. 
  • We will maintain increased cleaning in public areas. 

If you do have symptoms of coronavirus or you have tested positive for Covid-19, please do not visit the museum. 

Opening hours

Monday10am - 5pm
Tuesday10am - 5pm
Wednesday10am - 5pm
Thursday10am - 5pm
Friday10am - 5pm
Saturday10am - 4pm
Sunday11am - 4pm

No need to book, just drop in. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing time.


The Library is open Monday - Thursday, 10am - 2pm. 

On weekday mornings during term time the museum if often busy with school groups. If you would like a quieter experience, we recommend visiting after 2.30pm.

Visitor announcements

  • The Mouse House is currently closed for essential maintenance, reopening Saturday 21 May 2022. We apologise for the disappointment caused.

During your visit

  • Find out about accessibility at the museum.
  • Our café is open, serving hot and cold refreshments. 
  • During the school holidays, we provide an indoor picnic space. 
  • Please help us maintain hygiene and protect our collections by not eating or drinking in any other area of the museum. 
  • Our shop is a great place to pick up a memento of your visit with a range of products from dinosaur soft toys to books covering a range of the subjects explored in the museum.
  • Find out more about our exhibitions and events.

School groups

If you wish to bring a school or college group to the museum in the spring or summer, please contact the Learning team who will be able to discuss your visit requirements directly with you. 

Email: learning@greatnorthmuseum.org.uk

Your support

This remains a very difficult time for us. Help us ensure art, culture and heritage continue to make a positive impact in our region.  

Donate today.

Thank you!