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“A Great Alternative Kids Party”

National Justice Museum
Ranked #2 of 25 Tours in Nottingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Based in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, the National Justice Museum is housed in Nottinghamshire’s Grade 2 listed old Shire Hall and County Gaol. The Museum uses original Courtrooms, dungeons and prison cells, along with a number of more contemporary galleries to exhibit collections relating to justice, the law, crime and punishment in a fun and interactive way. When visiting the museum you may also meet a variety of colourful historical characters with different stories of justice to tell.
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“A Great Alternative Kids Party”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

We recently had our son's 8th birthday party here. We were looking for something a bit different from the run-of-the-mill parties you find yourself organising.........and we weren't disappointed. There are multiple staff who dress up and play their parts very well - from the Sheriff of Nottingham who takes you into the courtroom; to the Gaoler who gives you a tour of the prison and the hangman who shows you the courtyard where prisoners were originally hung. Gruesome in places, but the kids absolutely loved it. Authentic, educational and fun.

After the visit (which takes just over an hour) we had our own room where the kids had their food and birthday cake. The Sheriff then comes down and you can have photos taken. Food was a bit basic and I'd advise taking supplementary 'goodies' with you, but to be honest the food was the last thing on the kids minds.

A great, original cost-effective alternative kids party. Thoroughly recommended.

Visited November 2012
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“A walk back in time”
Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

We went here today with no expectations of what to expect.
It was a really good experience, all our party aged( 8,10,10,37 and 41 )enjoyed the guide and his stories.
The guide made it seem like we were living in that age.

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“Punishment or justice?”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

The old Shire Hall and former court in Nottingham now has exhibits on prison, the court and other punishments. The timelines provoke amazement - last public hanging in Nottingham in 1868, last time woman burnt to death late 1700's. The guide acts parts of the gaoler and usher and asks some of the visitors to read out statements in court. You are given a convict number and then find what crime you committed and what the sentence was. There's a place of execution and amid the gory exhibits there is also the story of Derek Bentley. Further rooms show the women's prison and the works of the matron, chaplain and doctor. The museum now houses the Prison Department artifacts and ends with examples of cells including the most recent. Really good attraction.

Visited December 2012
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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“Captivating history of crime and punishment”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

The Galleries of Justice must be unique in the country, telling, as it does very well, the story of crime and punishment through the ages. All of it is fascinating and bits are chilling (the condemned cell is creepy and the gallows scary). The costumed museum guides bring the whole thing to life and knowing that there were real people actually incarcerated and executed in the building gives an experience of living history that is almost tangible.

This is an area of social history that most of us think little about. A trip to the Galleries of Justice is sure to start a conversation on how much we've progressed in the treatment of criminals over the years and whether or not there are some people we'd still like to see sent to Australia for 20 years!

Visited July 2012
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“Fun for all the family”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

Fantastic interactive experience for young and old alike. The kids especially enjoyed the mock trials where they were up before the beak on a variety of charges including sheep stealing and murder. Great staff/actors and great fun for all as well as being historically fascinating.

Visited December 2012
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