As it’s the half-term holiday, and Hubby had the day off, and the weather was a little iffy, we decided to go for an indoor adventure today. We parked the car at Whitley Bay, hopped on the Metro and got off at Haymarket, right around the corner from the wonderful Hancock Museum.
We are a family of culture vultures and we’ve always loved museums, so this was a big treat for us, with the added bonus that admission is absolutely FREE, so with our lunches packed to take along with us, our only expense was the Metro tickets and whatever we decided to spend in the museum shop.
As soon as we entered, we were greeted by a host of animals from all around the world – an elephant and ostrich peered down at us from the upper level, a narwhol poked his head up out of a plinth, and all manner of other exotic creatures from lions and tigers, to turtles and sharks, were all on display. It was pretty impressive – and that was just the first section!
Behind the animals was Hadrian’s Wall and loads of Roman artifacts, to the right was the Ice Age through to the Iron Age, and to the left was the Anglo-Saxon section, which then gave way to crystals and gems. But the section we most wanted to see was right at the back…
In the section called Fossil Stories, we checked out fossilized plants and sea creatures, footprints and bones, and then there it was – the T-Rex!
I’m pretty certain Tadpole didn’t expect the T-Rex to be so big, so there were a few tears initially till he got used to it (which only took a moment), He even agreed to pose for a photo… but only with Daddy and Button!
Upstairs we checked out some stuff from the Roman Empire, then hit Ancient Egypt and took a brief trip to their afterlife! After having our hearts weighed against feathers, we took in the Ancient Greeks, World Cultures and loads of animals native to Northumbria.
We didn’t get to see the Planetarium on this occasion, as we kept missing the start of the shows, but we’ll go back another time.
After the museum, we visited Eldon Square shopping centre and kitted out Tadpole for football training which starts next week, before getting back on the Metro and heading home. It was a lovely day out and highly recommended if you’re ever near Newcastle!
Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, Tadpole came home with a Roman sword and helmet, and I got myself a Roman numerals leather bookmark and a very pretty birthstone bracelet (I’m a Libran, so it’s aventurine).