National Justice Museum
National Justice Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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DandK490
Sudbury, UK144 contributions
Couples
Excellent Museum with fascinating information and entertaining historical characters who bring the building to life with their performance. Well worth a visit, allow yourselves plenty of time as there’s so much to see.
Written 10 September 2022
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Cloudyrain
Derby, UK234 contributions
Family
We visited with my son during the summer holidays. I was incredibly impressed with the service from the staff (some of whom are volunteers). It was also great to be able to go around the museum easily without crowds as things were well laid out. It wasn’t “information overload” either, but a really well curated set of rooms. They also provide a great sensory map which is excellent and easy to understand. The cafe was lovely too. The did presentations and talks, but we didn’t attend those as it wouldn’t have suited our son due to his sensory needs, but the people I spoke to who did attend said they were great and informative. I would definitely recommend this place and would love to visit again.
Written 27 August 2022
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charl061191
Pickering, UK111 contributions
Couples
Very interesting museum. There is lots of information to read with plenty of interactive activities, too. We really enjoyed seeing the actors in the courtroom, prison cells and at the hanging. Unfortunately we only had 2 hours there so we did not get round everything. We could have done with at least 3 hours there as there is a lot to see/read. I would definitely recommend this museum.
Written 22 August 2022
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Nicky W
Ramsgate, UK30 contributions
Couples
Very interesting place, I would definitely return again. Allow yourself longer than the recommended time as we ran out of time to see everything before going to the City of Caves. Thoroughly enjoyed what I saw.
Written 19 August 2022
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Liz
Leicester12 contributions
Family
Brilliant experience, very atmospheric and plenty to see for the money. Staff were helpful and friendly.

My only criticism would be the cafe. We bought cake and I have never been served up such tiny portions in my nearly 50yrs! They were literally paper thin, but that wasn’t reflected in the price. I didn’t have the heart to complain because the girl serving us was so lovely, and I have no doubt is simply following instructions from stingy management anyway! You may think you’re saving money by doing this, but all it means is that people won’t buy again, and so is a false economy. It gives an unfavourable impression…..please address it.
Written 18 August 2022
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Chopper833
Nottingham, UK138 contributions
Family
We visited for the first time yesterday and it was great! Our daughter is 12 and loves anything history related and she enjoyed the whole museum. The actors were amazing!!! There enthusiasm was incredible and they got everyone involved which was great. This is definitely a museum for all ages however it wouldn't be suitable for anyone with a pushchair or mobility problems.
Written 16 August 2022
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cvk751
Intervale, NH31 contributions
Family
Incredibly fun. Fantastic interactive, knowledgeable staff. Place is filled with history. Highly interactive exhibits, even some audience participation. Great to take kids on a learning excursion.
Written 7 August 2022
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CaroH72
Wallington, UK22 contributions
Family
I visited this museum today with my 11&14 year olds (title comes from the 11yo)

It’s really interactive - we went to the live hanging & trial events and the staff were very interesting and informative.

It covers crime and punishment over the years.
Written 5 August 2022
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Damian
3 contributions
Family
Really great experience. Staff were very friendly, the acting was amazing and made the experience very interactive. The information was very interesting. We were assigned a wristband with a number on it, and this number would give us some information about a certain former-prisoner, which we both thought was a great addition. Would definitely visit again, highly recommend to anyone.
Written 26 July 2022
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Harry S
Southport, UK272 contributions
Staffed by informative people. a few good character acting roles that gave it some stmosphere and stopped it beieng just reading plaques. A lot of stairs although there was alift to quite a few areas. Certainly an eye opener about how people were treated in the past.
Written 18 July 2022
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