COVID-19: Updates

Last updated  29 July 2020

If you have been to Sydney, Victoria, or a COVID-19 case location identified by NSW Health in the past 14 days and you have a fever with a cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath, you should stay at home, self-isolate and get tested. Identified locations can be found at

We are excited to welcome our community back to Newcastle Museum from Tuesday 23 June. Measures have been introduced to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff as we comply with the latest NSW Public Health Orders.

Admission to Newcastle Museum is free, however booking are essential to ensure the health and safety of all visitors. We look forward to opening the doors and sharing exhibitions with you.

We invite you to explore the collection, exhibitions and the BHP Steelmaking Simulation. To help you make the most of your visit during the COVID-19 recovery phase and inform you of changes you will experience on your visit, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Book your free visit to Newcastle Museum

Newcastle Museum is open for three 1-hour sessions, Tuesday – Saturday. During this time you can explore the collection, new exhibitions and enjoy a 6-minute BHP Steelmaking Simulation. Bookings are essential.

Daily sessions*

  • 09.30AM – 10.30AM
  • 11.00AM – 12.00PM
  • 12.30PM – 01.30PM

*subject to change

How to Book:

  1. Visit Try Booking
  2. Select BOOK NOW to begin the process  
  3. Select preferred date and time
  4. Enter contact details
  5. Confirm your booking
  6. Have your ticket printed or available on your device upon your visit

Contact (02) 4974 4100 for booking support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Museum open?

The Museum will be open from Tuesday 23 June 2020 with restrictions in place.

What changes will I experience when visiting the Museum?
What are the opening hours?
Do I need to book to visit?
Will it be safe to visit the Museum?
Are Supernova and Mininova open?
Are all exhibition spaces open?
Can I book a group or school visit?
Are public programs and events running?
Can I still watch the BHP Steelworks Sound and Light Show?
Is Museum Park open?
Can I donate an object or bring one to the museum?
Are you open on Mondays during school holidays?