Play Tyne

*Temporarily closed* Our interactive water play area for children under 7

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Visitor Information

Play Tyne is temporarily closed until further notice; opening dates will be confirmed at a later date.

Opening Times

11am - 3.30pm (museum closes at 4pm)


£1.50 for under 7s*

Accompanying adults are free.

Please note at weekends, Play Tyne maybe closed to the public between 11am and 12pm for birthday parties. Please check in advance if you're travelling by calling 0191 232 6789. 

*The only concession is young babies.

The admission charge for Play Tyne is to cover the maintenance and running costs of Play Tyne and to support the general running costs of the museum. Discovery Museum is a not-for-profit organisation and all income is used to provide a quality museum service for visitors.


Come and splash around in Play Tyne, our interactive water play area for children under 7.

Themed around the River Tyne, children can get hands-on with the different ways water is used.

Try turning the Swing bridge, tilting the Gateshead Millennium bridge and playing with boats and cars.

Waterproof aprons and hand-driers are available but we advise you to bring a change of clothes.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Hire Play Tyne for a Birthday party

Let the kids have a splashing good time with exclusive use of Play Tyne and hire our learning room where you can serve your own birthday tea, play party games and music and hire your own entertainer.

Parties can be booked for Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 1.30pm and on Mondays to Fridays in school holidays between 10am and 12.30pm. Access is allowed 30 minutes before the start for any decorating or set-up. Suitable for up to 25 children. Play Tyne will run from 11am until 12pm.

Party Prices:

Play Tyne hire: £50
Learning Room hire: £40
Play Tyne and Learning room hire: £85

To book please contact the Discovery learning team: (0191) 277 2174.