Preparing for Rocket's arrival

Opening Friday 22 June

Access during The Great Exhibition:

The Great Exhibition will launch at 1pm on 22 June.

It’s Rocket Science is a ticketed free event, which includes entry to the premium viewing area and exhibition. During the opening weekend (Friday 22 – Sunday 24 June) visitors must have a ticket to enter the museum. From Monday 25 June all visitors are welcome, but only ticket holders will get premium access to Stephenson’s Rocket.

Throughout The Great Exhibition the museum will be operating longer opening hours from 10am – 6pm seven days a week, to ensure as many visitors as possible can experience the temporary exhibits and galleries. For more information and to book tickets for It’s Rocket Science visit

Key dates

Friday 22 June, 1pm    Great Exhibition of the North launches 
Friday 22 – Sunday 24 June (inclusive)      OPEN to ticket holders only
Monday 24 June – Sunday 9 September (inclusive)
OPEN to all*

Only ticket holders will get premium access to Stephenson’s Rocket. 

This exciting exhibit has been made possible thanks to the Science Museum Group and money raised by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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