Great North Museum
The Great North Museum is a visitor attraction in Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England, UK. It features two venues: the Great North Museum: Hancock and the Hatton Gallery. Both the Hatton Gallery and the Hancock Museum are currently open.

Development
The £26 million Great North Museum project is a partnership between Newcastle University, Tyne & Wear Museums, Newcastle City Council, the Natural History Society of Northumbria and the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne. The Great North Museum project has been made possible with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, TyneWear Partnership, One NorthEast, the European Regional Development Fund, Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Wolfson Foundation and The Northern Rock Foundation, as well as numerous other trusts and foundations. The building architects were Terry Farrell and Partners; Sir Terry Farrell is a native of Newcastle, and had previously been a student at Newcastle University. On 21 November 2008 the 'Be Part of It' campaign was launched, and it was announced that the Great North Museum: Hancock would be opening in 2009. Athlete Jonathan Edwards is the patron of the 'Be Part of It' campaign. Donors to the campaign have the opportunity to have their name (or the name of a loved one) permanently included on a donor wall in the museum. On 6 November 2009 HM The Queen officially opened the Great North Museum. In 2009 the Great North Museum had over 600,000 visitors. The Great North Museum Library is open to the public and is located on the second floor of the Hancock. It houses three collections - the Library and Archives of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the Library of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne and Newcastle University’s Cowen Library.

Museums

Great North Museum: Hancock
The Great North Museum: Hancock not only holds the collections of the former Hancock Museum and collates those of Newcastle University's Museum of Antiquities and Shefton Museum, which closed their doors in 2008. The museum opened on 23 May 2009. The natural history museum includes an interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, new displays showing diversity of the animal and plant kingdoms, objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton. The interactive Bio-Wall features hundreds of creatures, that visitors will be able to investigate and find out where they live and how they survive in such extreme places as the Arctic and Desert. Live animal tanks and aquaria have been integrated into this display where visitors are to see creatures such as wolf fish, pythons, lizards and leaf cutting ants. There is also a full size model of an elephant, a great white shark, a polar bear, a giraffe and moa skeleton.

Hatton Gallery
The university's art gallery, the Hatton Gallery is also a part of the Great North Museum Project, but is not relocating to the Hancock, and is thus remaining in Newcastle University's Fine Art Building. Its permanent collection comprises over 3,500 works, some dating back to the 14th century. These works of art include paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. Notably, it houses the Merzbarn - the only surviving Merz construction by Kurt Schwitters. The gallery stayed open during the Great North Museum development.

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