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Bridewell Museum

Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ, England
+44 1603 629127
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Ranked #4 of 96 Attractions in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell proudly tells the story of the city and its people. The museum is now fully accessible and refurbished after a... more » Owner description: The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell proudly tells the story of the city and its people. The museum is now fully accessible and refurbished after a £1.5m redevelopment project. Come pay us a visit! The ancient building is packed full of collections and displays, with lots to enjoy by all the family. Highlights include the last surviving Jacquard loom in the city, fully restored to full working order, a recreated chemist shop, countless fantastic shoes, as well as engineering marvels, such as the world's first wire netting machine. Catch a film in our mini cinema, relax in the 1950s living room or listen to local people sharing their memories of the city. Find us in the heart of the charming Norwich Lanes area. We would love to welcome you to this unique museum. « less
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A good overview of industries in Norwich in the 19th and 20th century. Very well set out and provides a most informative account. Would recommend a visit.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We spent 3 hours at the museum. Could have easily spent more time but the need for lunch prevailed. History of Norwich through the ages from the 16th century right up to the 1970's. Wonderfully presented in perfect detail. Lots to see and read about. Well worth a visit.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I have visited this museum several times in the last few months and I absolutely love it! Everytime I go back there is always something different to discover in the permanent displays and they have a great rolling temporary exhibitions programme. The staff are so ready to help you and enjoying an ice-cream out in the courtyard is a treat... More

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Bridewell Museum, responded to this review

Hi, what a lovely review thank you very much! If you love the Shoemakers Gallery, please come back and see us at October Half term when we will have shoe themed activities all week, including a shoe-puppet workshop (you must book for that one) Hope to see you back in the museum soon. More

Cumbria, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Great social history telling of lives and livelihoods of ordinary people in Norwich. They offer a £1 admission for entrance in the last hour of opening

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Bridewell Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing the museum! We hope to see you again soon. More

Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Wanted to do something with visiting children aged 11 and 13. Thought we would pay a visit to this newly refurbished museum. What a pleasant surprise. It shows Norwich from industrial and social perspective with interactive activities to keep all interested. We ran out of time it was so absorbing. The pharmacy was fascinating. Good value for money especially on... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Bright, interesting plenty for the kids to do without getting in the way of the adults. Must go back as more to see

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Fleet
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It may not be a huge museum but there is a lot to read and see here. Having a 14 & 12 year old they certainly appreciated all the hands on interactive exhibits. Came away having learnt a lot about Norwich.

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Bridewell Museum, responded to this review

Hi Lisa, thanks for your review, and really pleased to hear the whole family enjoyed their visit. We hope to see you again soon. More

Fuengirola, Spain
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Visited today and spent a remarkable couple of hours looking, reading everything, watching videos, listening to stories. I love Norwich and this museum took me through a journey of its history. It has made me want to go out to other places in and around the city to explore even more. Thanks to everyone who has done such a terrific... More

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Bridewell Museum, responded to this review

Hi Janet, what a lovely review, and if your visit made you want to discover more about the city then we have done a good job indeed! We hope to see you again soon. More

United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I love how this museum has been revamped leaving it with an old feel, but very modern in style at the same time. It gives a good history of Norwich and the staff were excellent.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I had not been to this museum for many years and was pleasantly surprised by the way it has been re-designed. The lay out is excellent with clear information and interesting exhibits. I was particularly impressed with the section on the fabrics which used to be produced locally and the Norwich shawls. Nice little gift shop and very pleasant staff.... More

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Bridewell Museum, responded to this review

Hi Paula, so glad you enjoyed your visit, and that you liked the shop - we try to get new stock in often, so pop by again soon and you might see something you like! More

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