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Brain Zone

Location: Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Brain Zone
Included in Science Centre admission Recommended for ages 7+

Your brain is the most amazing and mysterious thing about you – and something that you probably take for granted. The Brain Zone lets you understand what’s going on inside your head through exciting, fun activities and exhibits. Explore what makes you ‘you’. Find out how your brain works and how it controls so many of your body’s functions – often without you even realising it.

There’s still so much that we don’t know. Scientists are discovering new things every day and you, and your brilliant brain, can help improve our understanding by visiting The Brain Zone and taking part in experiments.

Why your brain is brilliant:

  • Your brain is more powerful than the fastest super-computers in the world – it makes your smart phone look pretty stupid too!
  • Your brain changes and adapts all the time. How you live, the world around you and what you do, all affect how your brain develops.
  • Your brain is different to everyone else’s. Okay, there are some common characteristics but you are unique. We all see and interact with the world in different ways, what’s normal for you might be pretty strange to someone else.

Talk about messing with your head! Activities in the Brain Zone will really get you thinking and asking “how is that even possible?” Don’t miss:

  • Sip of conflict – A drinking fountain disguised as a toilet bowl: your brain knows the water is clean and drinkable but can you happily have a drink and not think ‘yuk’?
  • Disappearing hand – you will believe that your hand has disappeared even though your brain tells you it can’t be possible.
  • Do not touch – dare you risk pressing the red button, and how will you react if you do?
  • A REAL brain – meet the brain in person, the container of all our hopes, dreams and memories.

We based these activities on real brain research, but we also have a live experiment in the exhibition. We’ve worked with anthropologists from Durham University to set up an experiment about learning and creativity. You can take part and help to learn something about humans that nobody knew before. Find out more about the experiment here.

Brain Zone events

To celebrate the opening of the Brain Zone, we've devised a programme of special events and activities including a new series of adult late events - Friday Night Life.

See below for more information on upcoming Brain Zone events.

Visit our blog to read about the process of developing a new exhibition like the Brain Zone.

Life has worked with specialists from many universities to create the Brain Zone, including:

  • Northumbria University
  • Newcastle University
  • Durham University
  • University of York
  • University of Nottingham

Life would like to thank all the advisors, contractors and consultants who have helped bring this project to fruition.


The working title for this exhibition was Mind Lab.

Friday Night Life – alternative night out for adults
Friday, 24 February 2017
Online advanced tickets: £8.00 per person. On the door: £10 per person. 20% discount for Annual Pass holders.

Experience mind-blowing fractals in the planetarium and experiment on yourself and others in the Brain Zone.