Arcs and Sparks Store Tour

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Go behind the scenes and see our historic electrical collection

Parsons Generator


Wednesday 1 March

Wednesday 5 April

Wednesday 3 May

Wednesday 7 June

Visitor Information


First Wednesday of every month




£4 per adult (under 16s free)

Book your place here or by emailing

Please note: Visitors can pay in Discovery Museum Shop on the day of the tour, subject to avalability


Arcs and Sparks is an opportunity for visitors to gain an insight into electricity: what it is, how it works and the role our region played in laying the foundations for a now universal technology.

The Arcs and Sparks store is located in Discovery Museum’s basement. It is a fascinating collection of electrical inventions from the Victorian period to the present day. Our guided tours are led by curators who are supported by expert volunteers with a wealth of experience in the electricity industry. Tours are guided by visitors’ questions, which have ranged from enquiring how Tyneside-designed heavy duty switchgear helps to safeguard the national grid, to asking how to get the best out of the latest domestic ‘smart’ meters.