A small gem of a museum in Newcastle NSW, Newcastle Museum provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the region’s history.
Compared to other museums, Newcastle Museum isn’t large but it’s packed with lots of interesting exhibits. With free admission, it’s worth a visit.
As admission to the museum is free, a visit makes for a fun excursion It’s especially popular with families as there’s loads to keep kids of all ages occupied. For toddlers, there is a small indoor play area called Mininova featuring plenty of equipment and soft mats to keep them safe while they toddle around.
For older kids, the interactive Supernova science exhibits will keep children entertained as well as educate them on science.
Have a go at lifting the car!
Those interested in history will enjoy the Newcastle exhibition which educates visitors on the history of the region including the role of coal and steelmaking as well as the lives of early settlers.
BHP Steelmaking Show
If you’re interested in Newcastle’s industry, don’t miss the 6 minute BHP Steelmaking Show featuring special sound and smoke effects. The hourly light and sound show is the centerpiece of the Fire and Earth exhibition.
Have a seat in the old tram carriage which was once part of Newcastle’s thriving tram network.
To learn more about Newcastle, spend some time in the Newcastle Story area. You’ll learn about the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake, the history of famous Beaumont Street as well as Novocastrians (Newcastle residents) who have made their mark.
Newcastle Museum Events
Every Tuesday (except in school holidays) from 10:30am – 11am, the Museum hosts Tuesday Tales where Museum staff and invited guests do readings from a range of children’s books. Tuesday Tales is free and you don’t need to book ahead. However, children must be supervised by adults during the event.
The Museum also offers great school holiday fun so be sure to check out their website. The free Science Shows are always a popular event during the holidays.
Don’t leave Newcastle Museum without visiting Newcastle Shop. It offers a range of Newcastle books and souvenirs including those made by local artists and artisans.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Open seven days during school holidays.
Cost: Free. Additional costs for special exhibitions
Address: Workshop Way, Newcastle, NSW 2300
Phone: 02 4974 1400