The Northeast Sights

Great North Museum: Hancock and the Hatton Gallery

  • Barras Bridge Map It
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

An amalgam of several collections belonging to Newcastle University and named for a Victorian founder of the Natural History Society of Northumberland, this beautifully renovated museum contains an impressive array of ancient archaeological finds, plus galleries on natural history and astronomy. Highlights include artifacts left behind by the Roman builders of Hadrian's Wall; ancient Egyptian mummies; and a reconstruction of the 1st-century Temple of Mithras at Carrawburgh. This place isn't designed for kids, but there's plenty here to amuse them, including a planetarium and a life-size model of a T-Rex. A short, signposted walk takes you to the smaller Hatton Gallery (King's Road; 091/208–6059), which holds artwork by Francis Bacon and Kurt Schwitters. It includes a masterpiece by the latter called Merz Barn Wall, a sculpture made of found objects and plaster. Commissioned by New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1948 to replace an earlier version destroyed during World War II, Schwitters died before he completed it. The museum is just off the Great North Road, and five minutes from the Haymarket Metro station.

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Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT, England

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Mon.–Fri. 10–5, Sat. 10–4, Sun. 11–4. Hatton Gallery Mon.–Sat. 10–5

Published 08/18/2015


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