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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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Punk

We went specifically to see the Punk 40 Exhibition but took the opportunity to enjoy it all. Although we live in Norwich we've never been and were slightly ashamed to have missed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went specifically to see the Punk 40 Exhibition but took the opportunity to enjoy it all. Although we live in Norwich we've never been and were slightly ashamed to have missed it as it's fascinating. It's suitable for all ages and very interactive. Amazing history right on the doorstep. The staff were very friendly too.

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

So glad you enjoyed the Punk in the East exhibition - and the rest of the museum! Come back soon. More 

london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a couple of very happy hours here; so many wonderful things to see and a real learning experience about Norwich. Thankfully this has not been done up with Lottery money and so its authentically itself, and charming. Highly recommended for anyone visiting the city centre.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum today little expecting it to be packed so full of the diverse history of Norwich. It was clearly laid out with lots of interesting information and some opportunities to interact with exhibits. There were child friendly options. We even noticed folding seats for those who can't stand for too long. We were there for two hours... More 

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

Thank you for your review, we do hope to see you back again soon. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

popped in as had time and found a wonderful and interesting little gem if you are visiting Norwich its well worth a look very nice displays spent a enjoyable half hour and will go back later for a longer visit

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

Thank you for your review, we do offer a visit for just £1 the last hour before closing (3.30pm - 4.30pm) Hope to see you again soon. More 

Osnabruck, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I went there last week and easily spent 1.5 hrs reading and listening to all the information (the only reason I left, was that I couldn't take in any more). It wasn't my first time learning about local history and yet, there was so much to discover. Loved the excerpts from diaries and books one can listen to. Also interesting... 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 glad you enjoyed the museum. See you again soon. More 

Norfolk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

I went with my Mother & Aunt recently; they're both late 60s/early 70s in age. They absolutely loved it! There was so much to see and so many things that brought back memories and prompted discussions. Brilliant museum and decently priced. It took us about 1.5 hours to go round.

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

Thank you for your review, we are currently exploring ways to make the visit for older people even better, please let us know if you think there are any ways we can improve, we love to hear feedback from our visitors! More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

The Bridewell museum is a great place to find out about history specific to Norwich and the local area. There were good displays and lots of interactive displays and areas for trying out different hats and wigs! Among our group we thought the 'shoes were good' and we 'liked to try on all the hats'. The pharmaceutical section was particularly... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Very interesting it had lots of old stuff. trying on the hats was fun and exploring the draws to see what was inside. History on the 50s style TV was interesting. The costumes where very interesting. We enjoyed dressing up in old hats and wigs. They also had interactive phones to listen to the history, and facts. The history of... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review, we hope to welcome you again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

As part of Heritage Weekend they had the Jacquard Loom weaving with the aid of some volunteers. I had visited the Museum before and have always wanted to see it in action as I adore the Norwich Shawls colour and patterns (they have pattern books on display). The ladies were very knowlegable and were willing to let people have a... 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 are so glad you enjoyed your visit. The loom in action is certainly a sight to behold. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Looks tiny from the outside but it's actually a sizeable historical museum of Norwich from medieval times right up to today. The recreation of an old pharmacy is especially good for anyone with a medical interest. A good experience and I've learned a few things about Norwich!

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