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Hancock Museum (Newcastle)
Member Name: kempston
Hancock Museum (Newcastle)
Advantages: Free to get in.
Disadvantages: Lack of explanations, Lack of Exhibits, Lack of Flow, Lack of Thought!
Where do I start?
OK so after 3 years and £26 million was it worth the wait?
Not in my opinion.
Having visited with my 2 children only a matter of days from opening I, and they, were very dissapointed.
OK, so it was in the middle of the school holidays and entryt is free therefore I was expecting it to be busy. And Boy was it Busy!!
Although the queue was lengthy we were processed quickly and entered via the original frontage of a once fine museum.
Upon entering the first thing that greets you is one of the 2 shops and therefore the kids were asking for keepsakes before we'd actually seen anything.
The museum as a whole doesn't seem to have any 'Flow' to it, I had assumed that there would be a chronological 'Journey' through history but this wasn't the case.
A number of the live exhibits weren't on display, either still being in quarentine or simply empty tanks. After 3 years I would have thought that the animals would have been ready for display and that the missing ones have died of old age!!
There are more interactive exhibits including touch screen displays and childrens magnadoodle type things, however after only a few days of being open a number of touch screens were covered and innoperable and the 'magnadoodles' had been totally trashed.
There is a large collection of Roman artifacts including Altar and inscription stones but translations seem to be lacking.
Once through the door the only staff members I saw were those flogging expensive 'Tat' in the shops. There was no evidence of 'Explainers' or security personel.
Lighting within the Gems and Fossils area may proove an issue with those with less that perfect eyesight as it is quite dark.
The charges for keepsakes is bordering on rediculous. My daighter wanted a small leather(ish) book mark, when I found out it cost £2.75 she left in floods of tears minus the bookmark!
Prior to the re-fit I remember spening hours within the collections and artifacts of the Old Hancock, but after spending just an hour within the New Hancock I felt the need to leave.
In short: if it's raining and you have nothing better to do then and you're in the area then it MAY be worth a visit. But it certainly isn't worth a special trip.
Summary: Dumbed Down and Not Worth a Special Trip.
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