The Great North Museum: Hancock is the only natural history museum in the North East. The Museum brings together collections from the Hancock Museum, Newcastle University’s Museum of Antiquities, the Shefton Museum and Hatton Gallery. It was built by the Natural History Society of Northumbria and opened in 1884, to house their growing collection.
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