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June | Sat 23rd | 10:30

The Imaginary Museum of the North - open until 8th September FREE

Newcastle's first museum was in the Lit & Phil. Early exhibits included a wombat, a duck-billed platypus (both preserved in spirit and sent from New South Wales) and two Egyptian mummies. The collection continued to expand, first into The Newcastle Museum, purpose built behind the Lit & Phil, and in 1884 into what we now know as Great North Museum: Hancock.
To celebrate this, The Lit & Phil is opening The Imaginary Museum of The North on Saturday 23rd June. You will see gems from our collection, items on loan from Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, objects CREATED by young people of The Newcastle Bridges School and miscellaneous objects donated to the museum. In addition we have objects that we imagine have been left behind by lecturers over the years, and ideas suggested by the public and school groups.
The museum will be here from 23rd June - 8th September. Make sure you don't miss any of the objects by following a trail, or better still - take a FREE tour.

Every Saturday morning at 10.30am there will be guided tour of the Museum, with an explanation of the exhibits. And, each week, a layer will be removed from a mysterious parcel that's been sent to the Librarian, what could be inside?

Tours are FREE but please reserve a place.


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