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Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

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Address: Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ, England
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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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Fantastic museum

This museum is within The Lanes area of Norwich and covers the development of the city. There were exhibits about the textile industry and the production of chocolate, mustard and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is within The Lanes area of Norwich and covers the development of the city. There were exhibits about the textile industry and the production of chocolate, mustard and shoes, with information given in a user friendly way, with pictures text and audio. In the undercroft, there is a brief history of when it was a prison, with an... 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 for highlighting some of your favourites. We open up the undercroft for tours on the last Saturday of each month, and hope possibly to do more in the future. More 

England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Such an interesting little museum of Norwich history, with plenty to look at, read and dress up in! Would recommend to all ages.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

The Bridewell museum,is a lovely place to visit charting Norwich and Norfolk's history through the centuries.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The Bridewell Museum, now the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, is now a most interesting museum since the refurbishment of a few years ago. The old Colman's fire engine now greets tourists at the entrance. Various trades of Norwich past such as: the replica pharmacist, the shoe trade rooms and the Norwich City room, are just three of many... More 

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

Thank you for your review, we're looking forward to a busy few days over Heritage Open Days in September - this year we're open 7th, 8th and 9th. More 

Wales, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

An entertaining museum giving a good overview of Norwich, An interesting and worthwhile couple of hours.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Visited today drawn by the new Norwich during WW2 exhibition with a grandma who lived through it, an 8 year old and a 13 year old (along with 41 year old me) all Norwich born and bred. Spent over 2 hours wandering around going back in time through the rich history of Norwich. Always find something we didn't know about... More 

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

Thank you for your review - we are so glad all the family enjoyed the visit. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Visited with family. Very interesting and good museum. Little bits for young children to partake in such as hat dress up which went down well. A craft event was taking place which was good and kept kids entertained. Lots of good and interesting information we all learnt lots about the history of Norwich would recommend and would return again

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

Thank you for your review, we're glad all the family were entertained. Please come and see us again! More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely little museum worth an amble for visitors to the city or those that live in Norwich. There are some interactive exhibits with activities and things to try on for kids. You are positively encouraged to open draws to find more. It explains the trades that arose in the city from textiles to shoes to mustard to... More 

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Lincolnshire
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

took my Nan to visit the museum, neither of us had visited before, we both found it really interesting & good value for money, definitely open the drawers, we loved some of the items in there, only down side was that in the ground floor the lighting was very low so my Nan struggled to read the information boards

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Thank J1984
MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and for highlighting all the extra objects in the drawers. We do have to keep some of the light levels low in the galleries due to the nature of the objects, however we are looking at ways we can make these areas more accessible. Do come and see us again! More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We spent a good two hours here, so much to see. Don't miss the visit to the undercroft and the flint wall. The shoe industry, the chocolate connection, the weaving trade - fascinating. Well worth a visit.

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