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Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, Norwich

(4.9/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 e...  more »
  • An entertaining museum giving a good overview of Norwich, An interesting and worthwhile couple of hours.  more »
  • 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 ho...  more »
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  • 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.