Group Guided Tours
Are you part of a group who want that extra layer of stories behind our displays and objects? Book your Newcastle Museum Guided Tour and talk with staff who can tailor the tour to suit your interests and needs. To ensure you have the best experience possible at Newcastle Museum all groups need to book. This includes school, community and adult groups.
Please call our Education Officer on 02 4974 1422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about our programs and tours.
Self-guided Walking Tours
There are some fantastic sites to explore around Newcastle that have historical or contemporary interest.
Download the self-guided walking maps and take a trip through the city to discover our past, present and future.
The Artist's City
Newcastle has nurtured, supported and inspired generations of artists. Explore the city through their eyes. Visit the galleries that have displayed and celebrated their work. View examples of the extraordinary public art that populates the Newcastle landscape. This walking tour starts at Obelisk Park, one of the favourite drawing spots of Newcastle's most celebrated adopted artist, Margaret Olley. It concludes at Newcastle Art Gallery, home to a collection of more than 6100 works of art that belong to the people of Newcastle.
Convicts and Industry
Much of the modern Newcastle landscape has been shaped by the hands of convicts and industry. Explore the city’s early years as a convict settlement. Visit remnants of the great industrial enterprises that once defined and shaped this city. Discover amazing engineering feats that allowed the city and its people to prosper. This walking tour starts at the Convict Lumber Yard, one of the most significant archaeological sites of convict industry in Australia. It ends at Newcastle Museum, the home of incredible objects and exhibitions that celebrate the industrial and convict heritage of the region.
Newcastle at War
Generations of Novocastrians experienced the impact of war on their lives and their city. Explore Newcastle through the conflicts that have shaped its landscape and character. Meet locals that left Newcastle to participate in some of the most devastating wars in history. You’ll walk in their footsteps, and visit places dedicated to their memory. This walking tour begins at Fort Scratchley, the only coastal fortification in Australia to return fire on an enemy vessel during World War Two. It ends at the Newcastle War Memorial Cultural Centre (Newcastle Region Library); a place where locals gather not just to remember and reflect, but to learn, research and engage with art and culture.
The architecture of Newcastle is defined by a rich diversity of styles that reflect the city's prosperity and growth throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore buildings that have acted as cultural, political and economic icons for the people of Newcastle. Discover the works by architects not just of local, but national and international significance.
This walking tour begins at City Hall, which has been at the centre of Newcastle cultural and political life since it was completed in 1929. It ends at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle's premier live theatre venue and one of the last great remaining examples of picture palace architecture in the state.
With its spectacular harbour and coastline, the Pacific Ocean has always played an important part in Novocastrian's work and leisure.
Explore the city through its relationship with its shoreline. Visit places that once formed a crucial part of Newcastle's working harbour and maritime culture. Enjoy the city's spectacular coastline and discover places that Novocastrians have been visiting for generations to swim, relax and play.
This walking tour begins on the Newcastle Foreshore, at the viewing spot for Destiny a sculpture that commemorates Newcastle's role as a commercial port. It concludes at the Newcastle Memorial Walk, a spectacular walk that offers 360 degree views of the city and its coastline.