Hip Newcastle: Four Art Galleries and Museums in the Former Industrial City
Posted on September 10, 2012 by sguese
Newcastle wasn’t always a cool urban center. Largely known for its rise and fall due to the coal and steel industry, the hipster city is now embracing all things cutting edge, including when it comes to its museums and art galleries. Pick up your car hire in Newcastle and get busy exploring this city’s rich cultural scene through these museums and galleries.
BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art
Set up in a former grain store, the BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art is one of Newcastle’s most prized art spaces. Its large art gallery is said to rival London’s Tate Modern. While there are no permanent exhibitions, the art gallery keeps things new and fresh with a constant rotation of shows. Much of the works and installations come from the biggest names in contemporary art. Visitors to the BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art shouldn’t forget to take in the fine Tyne views from the gallery’s viewing box.
Fans of children’s literature won’t want to pass up the Seven Stories museum. Located in a handsome former Victorian mill, the museum focuses on the wondrous world of children’s literature. Visitors can explore the hands on museum, displaying its original manuscripts and growing collection of artwork from the 1930s onward. The Seven Stories museum appropriately spans seven floors.
In order to experience the Tyneside’s rich history, you will need to pay a visit to the Discovery Museum. The museum is most notably known for containing the mighty Turbinia, a 30-meter long ship. In 1897, it was the fastest ship in the world. The Discovery Museum also explores the history of shipbuilding on the Tyne. You can see a scale model of the river as it once was in 1929. There is also a science maze for kids along with a section on the city’s history dating back to Roman days.
Laing Art Gallery
Newcastle is home to the Laing Art Gallery, known for its exceptional collection. You can see works by Gainsborough, Gauguain and Henry Moore. The gallery space also boasts an important collection of paintings by Northumberland-born artist John Martin.
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