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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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Capturing the social history of Norwich in one spot

Although not a huge museum there are a great many things there for you to see and lots of interactive drawers for children of all ages to open and learn/see more. You would need... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Richard S
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although not a huge museum there are a great many things there for you to see and lots of interactive drawers for children of all ages to open and learn/see more. You would need to spend about an hour to see this and it is a great location for going to on rainy days. I was amazed to see lots... More 

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Sutton, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really lovely museum about Norwich,it's people and history. Having not lived in Norwich for 20 years was amazing to see old photos and memorabilia that bought back alot of memories. Knowledgeable and friendly staff too. Great place to spent an hour at.

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Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Norwich museum which has some very interesting facts about the city that we did not know. The museum is quite hands on and there are some imaginative displays. We liked the 1950s living room with the display on the old tv and the 1930s chemist shop. The only issue is that the museum comes... More 

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Thank PD53
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really love this museum which tells us the history of Norwich by an interesting way. It was really attractive for a foreigner to see many old things there, like the pharmacy of the past, shoes in the past, trade sorties and so on.

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Thank Alisa Z
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited museum 2015, weather was bad but you are under cover so it doesn't matter. Lots to see with regards to the history of Norwich and of the building that houses it. Access is good for people with limited mobility, lifts to ALL levels. Because of its location parking is not an option, nearest carparks are St Andrews, or St... More 

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

Thank you for your very positive review, we hope to see you back again soon, and if you don't have so much time, you can pop in for just £1 for an hour before closing (3.30-4.30) More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A warm welcome, interesting to learn about Norwich' history, surprisingly empty on a wet day worth a visit

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

A simple, straightforward presentation of Norwich & Norfolk industrial and social heritage, with some fascinating artefacts and memorabilia. Highly recommended

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

A very interesting hour or so browsing the fascinating history of Norwich. Situated in Bridewell Alley, the building has had various functions over the years and is now a museum. Good value and adjacent to many excellent eateries. If you are going around the many historical attractions of this fine city be sure to drop in. It's very near to... More 

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

Thank you for your positive review, we look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Norfolk, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Well today was a first for me, after living in the city for. Nearly all my life I have neve once been here or even knew where it was. It was raining and half term so thought we would give it a look..and so glad we did!! It was amazing!! Firstly fun, I never class a trip to a museum... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review Kirstie, we are really glad you and your daughter had fun! We always have activities on for children in the school holidays, and coming up over the summer holidays we have a chocolate trail, and chocolate themed-crafts - not to be missed. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We went to an event at the Bridewell last year on valentines eve! It was a love and chocolate tour, which covered all the history on local traditions around valentines, the chocolate factory and Norwichs' long love affair with chocolate. It was the perfect first date and I only regret not leaving this review sooner! It's sad to see that... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review, and we'd love to know if the first date lead to romance...?! Our event this year was more for families, but watch this space for 2017! More 

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