It's Rocket Science

22 June - 9 Sept 2018

Making the Modern World, Science Museum © Benjamin Ealovega
Making the Modern World, Science Museum © Benjamin Ealovega

It's Rocket Science 

Robert Stephenson’s iconic steam locomotive Rocket returns to Tyneside, on loan to Discovery Museum from the Science Museum Group as part of Great Exhibition of the North, 22 June - 9 September 2018.

Find out how this historic engine’s ground-breaking design heralded the birth of passenger railways and celebrate the region’s world-famous industrial heritage.

Watch this space, and follow us on Facebook & Twitter to get all the latest updates on the Rocket's arrival.

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).

The Biggest Event in England in 2018

Great Exhibition of the North
22 June - 9 September

80 days of amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and magical experiences. The Exhibition will tell the inspiring story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present and are inspiring our future.

The Exhibition will be hosted in NewcastleGateshead, on behalf of Northern England. Visitors will begin their journey at one of three iconic venues – Great North Museum, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead – before joining three trails through 30 world-class venues and public spaces on either side of the River Tyne that celebrate great Northern ART and CULTURE, DESIGN, and INNOVATION.


Great Exhibition of the North receives funding from a variety of sources including public and private sector. Visit the website for details