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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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Description: 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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I enjoyed everything about my visit yesterday, from my first encounter with the friendly chap at the desk, to the chat I had before leaving. And of course, in between, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I enjoyed everything about my visit yesterday, from my first encounter with the friendly chap at the desk, to the chat I had before leaving. And of course, in between, the fantastic museum! Lovely exhibits, beautifully presented, in a style that kept changing. Lots of places for a quick sit down. Easy to read interpretation panels, with enough detail for... More 

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The Bridewell is a fascinating display of Norwich's industrial past, split into various themes mainly focusing on the past 300-400 years. Despite being a lifelong resident of Norfolk, I was regularly learning new things about the county town and how it developed. Many displays were interactive and I could have spent even longer than the 2-3 hours I spent there... More 

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Oxford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Very nicely planned and presented museum, covering many areas of the history of Norwich in just the right detail. Friendly and helpful staff. Kept two teenagers interested and away from their phones for nearly two hours.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I was surprised by how much they managed to cram into such a small museum. There was plenty to see and do, with lots of dressing up stations and interactive activities to keep children entertained. The museum has a modern style, not just artifacts behind glass cases, and Norwich has a fascinating history.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

An hour or two spent at this museum gives an excellent introduction to the city of Norwich. It provides information, especially, about the trades that made Norwich what it is. The site has the first chicken wire machinery (I have never seen an example of this anywhere else) and the most intricate Jacquard weaving loom. Those interested in shoes can... More 

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Derbyshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is one of the best museums we have visited in a city. Itnis beautifully presented and immaculately clean. The history of the industrial city is explained very well and has many artifacts and machinery on show. Highly recommended and well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I've been visiting here since a small child and it's still good, although small there is a lot of information in this place. A must visit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This does a good job of charting the history on Norwich, and has plenty of content accessible to children. But its broad remit counts against it a bit - the industrial history and personal recollections are done in many other museums, while the recreations of old-fashioned shops are arguably better done in living museums like Beamish and the Black Country... More 

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Norwich, Norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The Bridewell covers the whole spectrum of what makes Norwich the city it is: the wide range of industries, shopping, local characters, the changing urban landscape etc. A really fascinating way to spend a couple of hours in the city centre.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

It has been some years since visited Bridewell musuem and i had forgotten what an interesting place it was well worth a visit especially since it has been revamped

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