One of the most favourite Northern museums our whole family loved when the boys were growing up was the Hancock Museum. Apparently, it was renamed a couple of years back to the Great North Museum but it will always be the Hancock to us. We spent many an hour there rummaging through dinosaur bones and gasping in amazement at the real (but dead) ‘bug’s life’ that was on show.
So I thought I’d list five of the great Northern museums we think everyone should pay a visit to. We’ve been to them all – some more recently than others but still all worth it.
1. As I said one of my personal favourites – The Hancock now aka The Great North Museum.
2. My guilty pleasure — The Bowes Museum — I used to love the big silver clockwork swan as a child only as a grown up it never looked as big! I’ve been here quite a bit over the last few years to view some of the amazing fashion exhibitions they’ve become known for. The latest was Shoes: Pleasure & Pain — loved it. Managed to squeeze in afternoon tea, too.
3. The world famous open air museum that is Beamish. Many a school trip destination for the boys. Plenty to do rain or shine. Our featured image is a great shot from fellow North East blogger, All Round Creative Junkie.
4. I’ve always seemed to have a fascination with Vikings. I can actually remember way back in the mists of time when this museum in York opened — Jorvik Viking Centre — a classic.Unfortunately, its closed until Spring 2017 while they put it back together again from flood damage experienced in December 2015. You can donate to Campaign Canute here to help.
5. Last but by no means least is Royal Armouries in Leeds. I can remember when Mr NN and the boys chose this as part of a weekend visit to the city I wasn’t best enthralled. Boy was I proved wrong. It’s pretty amazing. I particularly fell for the Oriental Gallery with all the Samurai armoury. Did you know they even used to battle dress their royal elephants in Asia?
The Tiltyard was a bonus. Real live jousting tournaments. We all loved our visit. Unbelievably, it was all free and I’ve checked, it still is. I do remember us buying wooden swords in the shop though! Don’t be put off by the website. It could do with updating. You truly will have a wonderful family day out here.
Have you visited any of our family favourites? We would love to hear of any we might have missed out on, too.