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National Justice Museum, Nottingham

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The National Justice Museum (formerly known as the Galleries of Justice Museum and, historically, the Shire Hall and County Gaol) is an independent museum on High Pavement in the Lace Market area of Nottingham, England.

The museum is housed in a former Victorian courtroom, prison, and police station and is therefore a historic site where an individual could be arrested, tried, sentenced and executed. The courtrooms date back to the 14th century and the gaol to at least 1449.

The building is a Grade II* listed building and the museum is a registered charity.
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  • Absolutely fabulous!! My son took me as a surprise as he knows I have a keen interest in the law from doing Law 'A' level 40 odd years ago. From the front desk ladies to the Court and Law staff, I... 
    Absolutely fabulous!! My son took me as a surprise as he knows I have a keen interest in the law from doing Law 'A' level 40 odd years ago. From the front desk ladies to the Court and Law staff, I...  more »
  • The Museum is excellent and the building fascinating, but went to a Murder Mystery evening, which was very different.It started with a Cocktail and then we were sent off from the Victorian Court room....  more
    The Museum is excellent and the building fascinating, but went to a Murder Mystery evening, which was very different.It started with a Cocktail and then we were sent off from the Victorian Court room....  more »
  • Me and my partner really enjoyed this museum! From the moment we went through the door, staff were welcoming, from the lady at the desk and the 3 staff in ‘character’. A special thanks to Andy who... 
    Me and my partner really enjoyed this museum! From the moment we went through the door, staff were welcoming, from the lady at the desk and the 3 staff in ‘character’. A special thanks to Andy who...  more »
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  • Really enjoyed my trip to the National Justice Museum. There was quite actually a lot to see all about crime and punishment and I spent three hours there in total. I thought the actors in costume were really good, especially the girl playing the witch/prisoner - she was really funny. The mock witch trial and the public hanging were really entertaining.
  • VISITED ON SATURDAY 27TH JULY. VERY IMPRESSED, REALLY GOOD STAFF & ENJOYED THE WITCHES TRIAL (SEEING AS I WAS ONE..) WAS IN THERE FOR 3.5 HOURS & STILL DIDN'T GET TO SEE EVERYTHING - HAD TO GET BACK TO CAR PARK! I CERTAINLY HOPE TO VISIT AGAIN. WELL WORTH THE MONEY/TIME.
  • It was really amazing. The staff was always in there roles, the little shows they did where amazing. You can walk freely around and explore the whole building. I had a great time there.
  • This was the best museum I've ever been to. The staff there were wonderfully friendly, and the actors were absolutely great and made the experience very immersive and interactive. They were all so passionate and friendly, I loved watching the witch trial and the hanging. The building itself was architecturally intriguing. It wasnt like any other museum experience I've had. Walking around and seeing genuine cells was very cool, and there were actors dressed up to tell stories about the cells every so often. The museum had bits from different time periods... Victorian prison themes and earlier. Overall I really enjoyed this museum, and the caves were incredible. I'd definitely recommend visiting those too. Again the uses of the caves were explained in depth by actors who took you down there. From hidden criminal meeting points, to tanneries and then public shelters used in the war... the caves really are rich with history. Would 100% recommend a visit here!
  • Great visit. Wasn't expecting to part of a trial but enjoyed it very much. Actors were great and really made us comfortable reading script in front of strangers. We'll worth a visit.

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