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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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Intelligent and Informative.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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Daventry, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is no ordinary castle although it dates back to Norman times and is well preserved as such. This is a brilliant Museum and Art Gallery with more exhibits than you would expect to see. The galleries are so laid out that visitors can walk from one into another, from painting masters to natural history. The history of the region... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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72 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We went to Bridewell yesterday to see the "200 Years of Colman's Mustard" Exhibition, which had been advertised in the 31st January EDP. Having been round the museum, having not found it, we were told "Oh it's not here as we have children's activities going on." There was no notice to that effect at the entrance. It is a shame... More 

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

Hi, I am really sorry you came to see the exhibition which we had taken down temporarily to make way for our packed programme of half term activities. If you would like to contact me directly 01603 629127, perhaps we can arrange for another visit, with our compliments. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

From the agricultural background through to shoe manufacture, Norwich Bridewell has much to offer. Allow a couple of hours

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting the exhibits were. The pharmacy, with all the drawers to open to find out facts, was amazing, and so informative. I also particularly liked the shoe exhibition - all the different styles and colours. I will certainly take visitors to Norwich to see it.

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

Thank you for your review, and for highlighting two of our most popular galleries - the Shoe Gallery and the Pharmacy. We hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

excellent day very helpful friendly staff very well laid out mueums gd they have supplied a place in winter where you can eat lunch especially in winter, good day out.

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

Thank you for your kind review, and for another thumbs up for our staff, it's really nice to have your feedback. We also have our lovely sunny courtyard for lunch space when the weather warms up a bit! And of course there are plenty of cafes in the Norwich Lanes. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Norwich
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This museum is well worth a visit - in fact having spent an hour there we only covered about a quarter of it. A number of return trips will be necessary to see everything that the museum has to offer over the two floors . It details the history of Norwich with its main commerce in textiles; shoes; mustard and... More 

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