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Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, Norwich

(4.9/5 based on 190+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • This museum illustrates the history of Norwich in ten galleries over two floors. We spent about an hour on the ground floor and then went out for lunch before returning to spend a further hour on the ...  more »
  • This museums has been known as the Bridewell for many years and has recently been renamed to make it more obvious what kind of artefacts and contents it has. As well as describing the textile and shoe...  more »
  • We went specifically to see the Punk 40 Exhibition but took the opportunity to enjoy it all. Although we live in Norwich we've never been and were slightly ashamed to have missed it as it's fascinatin...  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.