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Life Science Centre will be closed on Friday 27 April as we set up for Maker Faire UK. Times Square Café will be open as usual.

While the Science Centre is home to Maker Faire UK on 28 - 29 April, our usual programme of exhibitions and shows will not be available.

The Young Explorers' Zone will be closed all day on Friday 4 May. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

Please note that some areas may be closed from 16 April - 25 May as we get ready for the next big exhibition, Robots - then and now (opens 26 May). 

A couple of our lifts are our of order, we’re working to fix them as soon as possible. Please ask a member of staff if you need assistance.

My Tickets

Memberships are not available online. Purchase these at Science Centre reception.

Science Centre day ticket prices valid until 25 May 2018:


Family (2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children)

Adult (aged 18+)

Child (aged 5 - 17)

Child (aged 4 and under)

Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)













Opening times

We're open every day including Bank Holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Life Science Centre will be closed on Friday 27 April, as we set up for Maker Faire UK (28 – 29 April). Apologies for any disappointment caused. Times Square Café will be open as usual.

Opening times 16 April - 25 May 2018

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm (recommended last entry 3pm)

Sunday 11am - 5pm (recommended last entry 3pm)


Many of our special events, including adult events and pre-school days, have their own opening times and event details. Find your event in our What's On section for more information and online booking where available.

Please note, the Experiment Zone has separate opening times. See the Experiment Zone page for details.

When to visit

On weekdays during term time we may be busy with school groups; we recommend visitors arrive after 2pm for a quieter experience.

​Life’s school holiday dates reflect those given by Newcastle City Council.

​Closures and changes to opening times

Outside of peak times we occasionally have to close areas of the Science Centre for routine maintenance or special events. We share information about planned closures on our website (look out for the Need to Know section at the top of the page), via Facebook and Twitter, and via our regular email newsletters where possible.

Times Square Café opening times

Times Square Café is accessible from Times Square - you don't need a Science Centre ticket to enjoy a drink, snack or hot meal.

Opening times 16 April - 25 May 2018

Monday - Saturday 8am - 5pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm

Bank holidays 8.30am - 5pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.)

Breakfast is served until 11.30am. Lunch is served from 11.30am - close.

Pick up a Starbucks loyalty card to get your 9th tall drink free!

Life Café

Life Café is situated inside the Science Centre and is open from around 11.00am - 5.00pm on weekends and school holidays only. Please note, we occasionally close Life Café early at quiet times. If this is the case you can still pick up a meal or snack from Times Square Café.

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