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Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, Norwich

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Situated in a building that once housed a prison and shoe factory, Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell tells the story of social and industrial life in Norwich from the 19th century to the present day. Dozens of displays narrate the development of the city's major industries, which once included weaving, shoemaking, milling, brewing, and chocolate-making. A special exhibit dedicated to the history of the museum's building features engaging audio-visual presentations designed to expose the harrowing details about everyday life inside the former prison. The museum also houses a recreated pawnbroker's shop and pharmacy. Use our Norwich vacation generator to visit Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell on your trip to Norwich, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Lots of fascinating things to look at but a bit lightweight oand anecdotal. Staff on duty not very well briefed or informative  more »
  • Wow what a insight in to the social history of the undercrofts at the Bridewell or house of correction, well worth a visit and our guide was great and very knowledgeable Check out the museum afterward...  more »
  • This really is a nice fun museum with a few chances to try hats and wigs on great fun. Step back in time, take the kids and if your really lucky you may have the chance to see the underground undercro...  more »
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  • I've now been to this fab little Museum twice. Once with my toddler who loved it and then again with my husband so I could actually read some of the displays! It is good value to visit, especially the pop in for a £1 offer one hour before closing and an hour is just about enough time to see everything. With a variety of displays about Norwich's history and it's trades it's so interesting. There are so many interactive displays, draws to open, dressing up, sounds and videos my 3yo had a blast. There are free lockers you can leave your bags in. Good toilets. Am indoor picnic area. Lovely gift shop. Small courtyard to sit outside and a little bit food available as well. A great way to enjoy Norwich
  • Brilliant undercroft tour. Pur guide was very knowledgeable and delivered the information with aplomb! Shoe and local industry exhibits were fascinating. Schoolroom and shops are extremely interesting.
  • Great museum. .Visit Spitfire Cottage!A Doll's house with history!
  • Great museum of the social and industrial history of Norwich. Really interesting interactive exhibits.
  • Great museum experience and worth visiting for Norwich locals and visitors alike. As with the Castle, you can "pop-in" for £1 at the during the hour before closing, which is enough time to appreciate this great gem in the Lanes.

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