“Opened on 4th August 2011, Newcastle Museum is a welcoming place of social and cultural interaction, accessible collections and innovative educational programs.
The museum tells a story of Newcastle and the Hunter, and through the collection presents a narrative of how we’ve lived and live today. The Supernova and Mininova exhibitions create an interactive scientific and technological learning playground, loaded with excitement and surprise. The travelling exhibitions present a wider narrative – of ideas, stories and futures.”
"Designated public parking spaces are available in the Wright Lane carpark for Mobility Parking Scheme permit holders.
There are accessible toilets on site as well as baby change rooms.
The Museum has two wheel chairs on site which can be used by visitors if required. It is best to call ahead before visiting to check whether they are available for use. Please call the Museum Reception Desk for assistance."
Within the Museum
General accessibility features:
- Personal assistance is provided
- There is a power socket available as a recharge point
- International symbols are used to identify accessible facilities
Mobility accessibility features:
- Disabled parking access
- Level or ramp access to front entrance
- Paths wide and not slippery
- Wheelchair hire available
- Accessible toilet
- Toilet - accessible grab rails
"Newcastle Museum complies with all accessibility and disability access guidelines and all our exhibitions can be accessed by wheelchairs and strollers.
Accessing the Museum
- A clear well-made path of travel with a firm, non-slip surface is available to the premise.
- The path has a clear width at least 1000mm wide for its whole length
- The path of travel is level or ramped with no steps, there are wheelchair seating spaces available
- Directional information, including signs, is sufficient to easily find the entrance
- There is adequate lighting at the entrance
- The doorway has at least 850mm clear opening
- The entrance is level with no steps.
Within the Museum
- A person using a wheelchair can approach part of a service counter and see over it
- All public area doorways are at least 820mm wide with at least 500mm clear space on the latch side to approach and operate the door
- Wheelchair seating spaces are available
- There is a path of travel at least 1000mm wide throughout public areas
- The floor on the path of travel has a firm, non-slip surface
- The path of travel is accessible with ramps and stairs.
Vision accessibility features:
- Adult toilet suit with drop down grab rail, hoist and change table SWL (safe working load) rated to 200kg - accessed via a MLAK system.
- Sanitary facilities door handles are D shaped or levers (for different hand shapes or grip ability)
- There is at least 530mm clear space on the latch side to approach and open the door
- The floor area of the toilet is at least 2000mm x 1600mm with the hand basin encroaching no more than 100mm into this area
- There are rails next to the pan
- The hand basin has leg room beneath for a wheelchair, a shelf or vanity is provided.
- Sufficient lighting
- Large print or high contrast menus and other signage
Autism/Sensory accessibility information:
- Size and contrast make print easy to read
- There is adequate light to read by with normal or corrected vision
- Signs are clear and easy to read
- Noise reducing headphones and ear plugs are available for use from the service counter