Friday, 20 February 2015

The Hancock Museum Revisited



With the amount of times that I've now been to The Hancock Museum in Newcastle, I thought I'd have more blog posts on it. However upon looking back it seems only my very first visit there in June 2012 with Jake for a date day and my leaving 'day out' to see the Magical Worlds exhibition have been documented. That makes this post a lot better as I'm not covering things I already have.

On the 31st of January, Mam and I took the train down to the town for her to get her very first tattoo! While we were in town we met up with my good friend Laura, and where do you go when you've no money to shop and it's cold outside? A museum! It was Saturday and so full with children and there were no special exhibitions on, but it was Mam's first time there and we had a lovely time exploring.
Here are some photos from our day.









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As I said in my first blog post about this museum, I'm always in two minds about the taxidermy. However, their displays of so many different beautiful species really is amazing to see and I think is a brilliant way to teach children about our wildlife and how to look after the worlds animals.
No matter how many times I've explored the many cases of bunnies, birds and other beauts, I still spot something I haven't seen before. The only thing I'm not a fan of is the cases containing butterflies - blurgh!





It isn't just a stuffed zoo though, The Hancock is home to a range of Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts - all displayed in such a stunning way. However one of my favorite things is the large scale, interactive model of the Norths very own Hadrians Wall!
Something that I wasn't aware of however, was that from the back end of last year until the same time this year, there is also a Planetarium housed within a part of the museum. There are a handful of different shows on throughout the day and although admission to the rest of the place is free, there is a small £2.50-£2.95 charge to enter each show. We didn't have the time to visit on this particular day - booo :( but I am hoping to make time for it on my next trip down to the town.

Here's a few more photos to leave you with. Let me know what you think and if you've been to/enjoyed the Hancock museum. Are there any museums similar to this in your area? 
For more information about the museum and to see what's on etc, you can visit the website here!








17 comments:

  1. This place looks amazing! I love museums they're so magical. I love the underwater exhibitions in ones like the Natural History Museum. My friends hates butterflies as well!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. It really is. I only wish there were more near me as I've been here so much haha. The Natural History Museum is stunning - hopefully I'll have the time to visit again when were in London in December.

      xo

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  2. Can only agree to Jordan's comment, the museum lokks awesome, given the fact it is free. From your pictures you can tell how much there's to see and I can imagine you'll end up hours in there without noticing. A similar one in my area would be the Natural History Museum in Berlin, which I visited as a child often and I remember it was such an experience each time I went. I did go and see it as an adult and found the exhibition smaller than I had remembered. Another museum similar to the Hancock would be the British Museum in London with all the roman and ancient Egyptian artifacts. Love, that the Hancock has an interactive model of the Hadrian's Wall. I've been there once and it was a magical place. Wish I had more time up North to explore the rest of the wall (East side). Happy Friday and speak soon xxx

    Caz | Lunch Break Adventures

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    1. It's amazing that it's free huh?!
      Sadly, I haven't even heard of the British Museum in London! Though I have had the pleasure of going to the Natural History Museum. What part of the wall did you visit?! I live close by a part of it.

      xo

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  3. I know what you mean about taxidermy, it always creeps me out a little bit and makes me feel a bit sad but you're right it can be a very good way to display species and educate people. I love anything to do with dinosaurs, so this post was a treat! - Tasha

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    1. It'd be better if I knew that they'd all died of natural causes or something lol
      I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      xo

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  4. While taxidermy sometimes gives me the heebie jeebies, I still appreciate that the displays were well done and that you've been able to find something new every time you go back. That's the best feeling! Gah but totally in love with those dinosaurs!

    Sara // dearskim.com

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    1. Yeah, it is something that is bittersweet but I most certainly appreciate it over all. Ahah, yeah, dinos are always cool!

      xo

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  5. Oh my gosh! I have to go there! I enjoy my local museum, but the dinosaurs are nowhere near as impressive! I'm saving up to do an HND in paleontology, so I'm always in awe of dinosaur sections. I'm also always dubious about the taxidermy, but I believe that it's a fantastic way to teach children about the beauty and importance of these animals, like you said!

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    1. There is only the one main dino but he is pretty cool! Oh wow!! That sounds amazing, a super interesting thing to study!
      It really is amazing isn't it. I think it's one of the best tools to get across the point of endangered species etc.

      xo

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  6. You know I love me some natural history museums! I think a lot of the taxidermy, is all old animals, when it was a lot more acceptable to kill and stuff them. I don't think they add to their collections in the museums anymore.

    That elephant and giraffe, where they also stuffed, or where they replicas?

    Also, you can't have too many posts about dinosaurs and animals in my opinion.

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    1. Heck yeah!! And yeah totally, but thats what makes me sad haha. I wish I knew they had all died of natural causes.

      The giraffe was real, if I remember rightly and the elephant was definitely just a replica!
      :) Thanks Kerri!

      xo

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  7. I'm going to have to take my two next time I'm up x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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    1. Yes! For sure!! During school holidays and stuff they always have extra things on for the kids - crafts and all sorts!

      xo

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  8. Hancock Museum is so beautiful. I love visiting museum too. My favourites are the archeological, zoology and the Egyption section. Ooo and all the dinosaurs too. So huge, they are!

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    1. haha All of it is just amazing eh?! There will be more museum posts coming up in the next couple of months ;)

      xo

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  9. Wonderful place, nothing like it in my area sadly. You see some horrific examples of taxidermy but these look like they've done with a lot of care and attention and I'm sure the respective species died naturally. Just me that loves butterflies then?! ;) x

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