Tyne & Wear

The Great North Museum: Hancock celebrates three million visitors

Inside the museum Image copyright Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Image caption The Great North Museum Hancock has a natural history department and a planetarium

A museum is preparing to welcome its three millionth visitor since re-opening nearly six years ago.

The Great North Museum Hancock in Newcastle will reach the landmark this week during the school half-term holidays.

The museum, managed by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums on behalf of Newcastle University, opened in 2009 after a £26m overhaul.

The three millionth visitor will be given a goody bag.

Iain Watson, director of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums said: "The museum is an important part of the North East's cultural history and many people from the region have fond memories of visiting the museum since childhood."

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