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1. Baltic

Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, Baltic is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world – presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art. Baltic has no permanent collection, providing instead an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions and activities that give a unique and compelling insight into contemporary artistic practice.

2. The Discovery Museum

Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, from the area's renowned maritime history and world-changing science and technology right through to fashion through the ages and military history. The museum is bursting with interactive displays, which makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun. The ship Turbinia dominates the entrance to the Museum. Invented on Tyneside, it is the first ship to be powered by a steam turbine. This 35 metre vessel was once the fastest ship in the world.

3. Life Science Centre

Have a go in Dino Island II 3D, a state of the art motion simulator where you'll experience an adventure to capture the only remaining T-Rex in the world before the island explodes! In the Life Science Centre you can explore the exhibitions, watch live demonstrations and read about the latest science news. See shows in the unique Dome Theatre and enjoy special events that include family activities, lectures and debates.

4. The Sage Gateshead

The spectacular building of the Sage Gateshead was designed by architect Norman Foster as an international home for music. It is home to Northern Sinfonia - one of Europe's most exciting chamber orchestras, and organises a large and varied programme of classical concerts and vents throughout the year, including open air concerts with fireworks! There is also a café, a Brasserie and four bars you can use without having to buy a concert ticket.

5. The Laing Gallery

The beautiful and well presented Laing Gallery is one of the UK's most underated regional art galleries. The impressive permanent collection can be enjoyed throughout the season with dynamic landscapes by John Martin and sculpture by Henry Moore. There are events throughout the year including talks from leading contemporary artists and fun activities for families. There is an impressive 18th and 19th century collection, a British watercolour gallery and a special room for the under fives'!

6. Seven Stories

Seven Stories is the only exhibition space in the UK dedicated to the celebration of British children's literature. The changing programme of exhibitions is designed to spark the imaginations of children and adults, and maybe even inspire exciting new work! With live storytelling, bookshop events and conversations with authors and illustrators, Seven Stories truly brings the world of books to life.

7. The Hatton Gallery

Described as "one of the most impressive exhibition spaces in Britain," the Hatton Gallery stages a highly-regarded programme of historical, modern and contemporary art exhibitions. The permanent collection comprises over 3,500 works, ranging from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, and includes works in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. The shop stocks a wide range of art bookswith titles that will appeal to young and old alike.

8. River Tyne Sightseeing Cruise

A river Tyne sightseeing cruise offers an unrivalled way to experience one of the North's great cities and its evolving industries, taking you from past to present, from the once thriving maritime heritage, to world renowned landmarks such as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, The Sage Gateshead and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. While on board why not sit back and relax with a drink from the bar or enjoy one of the tempting snacks on offer.

9. Grainger Town and Market

Richard Grainger, builder and developer, planned and constructed some of Newcastle's finest buildings and streets during the 1830's including Grainger Market. Together with John Dobson, an architect and engineer, their development transformed the town. The classical streets of the 1830's fell into neglect by the 1980's but have since been restored to a bustling area of popular shops and boutiques, and the market is still trading today.

10. Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the the world's first and only tilting bridge! Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and engineered by Gifford, the bridge takes its place at the end of a line of distinguished bridges across the River Tyne, including the Tyne Bridge and Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge. The bridge not only serves a functional purpose as the River Tyne’s only foot and cycle bridge, but its grace and engineering attract people from all over the world.
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