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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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A Hidden Jem !

Me and my daughter decided to go one afternoon to the Bridewell museum to see what it was like however I didn't think it would be my type of thing ( I was wrong ! ) and we were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Norwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Me and my daughter decided to go one afternoon to the Bridewell museum to see what it was like however I didn't think it would be my type of thing ( I was wrong ! ) and we were shocked that it was free . The way that they display the artifacts makes it more interactive for older and younger... More 

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

Thanks for your lovely review, and glad you enjoyed your visit, (we do charge an entrance price, perhaps you came on the 'pop in for a pound' offer for the last hour of the day?) We hope to see you in the museum again soon. More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I found this museum so fascinating! I was lucky enough to go on a quiet morning and pretty much had the place to myself. I spent roughly two hours wandering around, with time to read most of the information boards and digest details of Norwich's industrial past which include textiles, shoemaking, etc etc. They even have a machine which was... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful comments. We have just received our Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence; we are so proud, thank you, and to all our kind reviewers! More 

Lewes, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We paid a short visit as we had to catch the train home but this was a very interesting museum with lots of information about the city. I never realised how important Norwich was!

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Toronto, Canada
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130 reviews 130 reviews
35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My friend, who has lived in Norwich for 20-something years had never been and it was a great excuse to go there (this all started because the Coleman Mustard Shop told us to go there for a bit of history of the factory). At one hour before closing, the price is 1BP. If you were local, you could visit it... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

I treated my mum to a day out here as she's always wanted to go. I went along thinking It wouldn't be my sort of thing and how wrong was I! Absolutely amazing and the history this museum holds is just incredible. We got there as soon as it opened and and half an hour after it should of shut... More 

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was well worth a visit to find out about the past in the city of Norwich. Everything was well laid out and plenty of recordings to listen to which took you back in time

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The Castle and the museum have managed to attain that difficult balance between informing you but avoiding that stultifying boredom that can be found in some who think the more artifacts the better the information, so not true. Here this is much to see of the castle and the exhibits are well thought out and integrated into the whole experience.... More 

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

Thank you for your review John, although it seems to have found it's way to the wrong page, as we are The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Norwich, and to the Castle, do come back and visit us some time and find out about the history of the city, we think you'd like... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My colleague and I visited the museum recently on a research visit. We found the staff very helpful, friendly and polite. The museum is a popular place with children and there is plenty to see and do. The only down side is perhaps the lack of or mixed signage for each room which makes it difficult to orientate yourself.

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

Thank you for your review; we are always happy to help researchers as much as we can. Thanks for your comments on finding your way around the museum, we'll look again at this, and see if there's anything we can improve! More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
78 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

It is many years since I visited this museum and I was amazed at the changes. There is such a wide variety of displays that I feel most people would find something of interest - history of coffee houses in Norwich, the shoe industry, a wonderful reconstruction of a chemist (pharmacist) shop. The staff are friendly and helpful.

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

Hi, and thank you for your lovely review, we hope to see you back again soon. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A great afternoon's activity. My two year old loves it and so do I. Lots of interesting stuff about the city and buttons and activities to entertain. Recommend the Museum Pass for £30 to get in to all sorts of places across norfolk.

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

Hi, thank for you your review, and so glad you and your two year old love the museum. And thanks for recommending the Museums Pass, it's such good value, and means you can pop in to the Museum of Norwich and all the other NMS museums across the county all year round! More 

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