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Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

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Address: Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ, England
Phone Number: +44 1603 629127
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The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell proudly tells the story of the city...

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.

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Fascinating museum of Norwich history

Interesting museum of local social history set inside a former prison building. We spent a couple of hours browsing but could have stayed longer. The displays cover over a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Norfolk
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155 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting museum of local social history set inside a former prison building. We spent a couple of hours browsing but could have stayed longer. The displays cover over a thousand years of history in Norwich, and are laid out in a logical sequence, ending with businesses and events which I remember from my youth. I must be getting old. Fascinating... More 

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Thank gorby321
Norwich, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small but very well designed museum, specialising in the history of Norwich and its industries. Quite a lot of hands on stuff and good explanations. Well worth a visit

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Thank StephenM99
Beccles, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I visited this museum many moons ago way before the big make over. The entrance is bright and airy; the staff on the desk very knowledgeable and friendly. As it was a long time since we had been to the museum the young man introduced us to the delights that were there. It is a story of... More 

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Thank Tina H
Habrough, Immingham United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very interesting museum about the history of Norwich. Just the right size to keep you interested. We spent about two hours inside and thought the £5 entry fee was well worth it.

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Thank Joanne G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Full of interesting stuff to see and to learn about, several interactive items that make the learning easier. A cove full of treasures.

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Thank Aaron H
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This year we decided to get Norfolk Museum passes - despite the fact we live a couple of hours' drive from Norwich. We love to visit the city, as we used to live here, and having the passes has meant we have come up for several enjoyable events during the year. This occasion was September's Heritage Open Days (HODs) weekend... More 

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Thank LJHutchins
MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed and positive review. The Norfolk Museum Pass is fantastic value for money, and we're so glad you are making the most of yours, and have enjoyed the Museum of Norwich, especially on event days. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, and webpages, as we also have... More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

We had passed the museum on the way to view the Cathedral in the morning and decided to return later but being strangers to the area found it hard to find for a second time and the local signage sent us off in the wrong direction. We persevered and found the place however and it was well worth a visit.... More 

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Thank AndyA104
MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and we are glad you found us! We are trying hard to make the museum easier to locate by using A-boards, and you might also have spotted our museum bicycle which signposts the way. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. More 

Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Having taken our 10 year old grandson out for the day and gone to a county park just outside the city, and as the weather changed we decided to go into Norwich to see what we could find. I had taken my children to this museum many years ago (about 25) and enjoyed it then, so we decided to go... More 

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Thank MRBinks12
MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review, and we're glad you enjoyed the visit (and hope we converted a non-museum lover just a little bit!) We'll still be running the 'pop in for a pound' after 3.30pm offer in 2016, which as you say offers fantastic value, and is a great way to get a... More 

Poole, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

this is not a large museum but is well set up and gives a picture of the breadth of the history of the city. There are lots of interactive things for children with dressing up opportunities. there is also a reduced fee for the last hour -£1 per person which really is a bargain.

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Thank Hilary C
North Walsham
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102 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Norwich is a city well supplied with museums, and to their credit, the curators of the Bridewell have made reasonable efforts within a somewhat limited space. It's just that everything is done rather better elsewhere. With the mighty Norwich Castle Museum and The excellent Strangers' Hall both within walking distance, the Bridewell is up against some stiff competition. I found... More 

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and we're sorry that there were some aspects of the museum which did not hold much interest to you. We do have to have the lighting lowered in many of the galleries, as the fabric of the objects mean they are susceptible to light damage, but we try where we can to mitigate this with... More 

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