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Science centre experience

We provide exciting, interactive zones and activities which are designed to inspire and entertain students.

School student looking through microscope during a visit to Life's Space Zone.

No school trip would be complete without a visit to our award-winning science centre.

Visit an exhibition, get hands-on in our interactive zones and see a show in one of our breathtaking spaces. We’ll provide an itinerary which is tailored to the learner level and focus of the group, so you don’t miss a thing.


We’re not like a museum where you’ll find stuff in cases and be expected to look and not touch. At Life, everyone is encouraged to get stuck in: explore, create and have fun. Our friendly team is always on hand to answer questions, explain activities and suggest new things to try.

School student exploring exciting STEM career in Life Science Centre's Space Zone.

Explore the impact space technology has on our everyday lives and how the future of space exploration is being shaped right here in the North East. Space Zone includes:  

  • A recreation of part of the International Space Station so students can experience what it’s like to be an astronaut. 
  • Mission Control, where students take the driving seat. They can work together to build a module of the International Space Station, land a space craft on the Moon and test prototypes to remove space debris.  
  • A careers board to highlight the variety of career opportunities available in the space industry. 
  • The Sphere, a stunning large-scale spherical projection screen, ideal for sharing a space-eye view of the Earth, other planets and the moon, and highlighting issues such as environmental change. 
  • The North’s biggest planetarium. We offer a mix of traditional planetarium shows and creative animated films. Our DigiStar 7 technology – the most advanced planetarium system in the world – makes the experience even more amazing. (Planetarium shows as part of the science centre visit are subject to availability.) 

Take a look around…

Space Zone and Making Studios have been made possible through the support of the Inspiring Science Fund – a partnership between UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome. Additional support has been provided by The Garfield Weston Foundation and the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust. Brain Zone has been supported by the Wellcome Trust.

What other teachers say…

“We loved all the activities! We are currently doing a topic on Space, so the exhibits were all very relevant to support our learning.’

Ellingham Church of England Primary School

“Fantastic as always. The planetarium was out-of-this-world good!”

Highgate School

“Lots of very interesting displays and activities. Kept the pupils engaged. The Planetarium show was super.”

Fairview Primary School
Two female students conducting hands-on PCR experiment in Life Science Centre workshop.

School workshops

Complete your trip by adding on a school workshops. Choose from a range of topics which have been designed to reflect current STEM topics which are linked to the national curriculum.

Pupils Wearing School Uniform In Computer Class

Extend your experience

Extend your students’ experience by following up your visit to Life with a live virtual session your classroom, where students can connect with STEM professionals. For Key Stage 2 – Post-16.

Female student looking amazed at scientific demonstration during a Life Science Centre workshop.

Prices and booking information

Life Science Centre offers great value for money and our booking process is fuss-free.

Overhead shot of the International Centre for Life, which has an entrepreneurial business model

Getting here

We’re situated in Newcastle City Centre, with great public transport links and limited coach parking available on site.