Museums in Norwich
Take a step back in time and discover what has made Norwich
the city it is today by visiting one of the many museums
it has to offer.
And where better to start than at the historic Norwich
Castle [map] on Castle Meadow, which was first started by William the
Conqueror and is now home to the city’s principal
museum and art gallery. Here you’ll find a number
of exhibitions including an archaeology gallery celebrating
Queen Boudica, displays dedicated to life in East Anglia
after the collapse of the Roman Empire, and an Egyptian
collection. In addition to all this the castle also houses
the world’s largest teapot collection and
has some magnificent landscapes by 19th century Norwich
Another of Norwich’s most popular museums is Strangers’
Hall [map] on Charing Cross, which as been open to the public
since the early 1900s. Once home to the mayors and sheriffs
of Norwich, the museum now has one of largest domestic
life collections in the UK, with everything from jelly
moulds and vacuum cleaners on display.
For collections representing East Anglian craft and industry
over the ages head to the Bridewell Museum [map] on Bridewell Alley, a medieval merchant’s house
that was once a prison.
Also worth a look is the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum
[map] at Shirehall, where you follow the story of Norfolk’s
soldiers over three centuries of global conflict,
while the City of Norwich Aviation Museum [map] on the outskirts of the city has aircraft and memorabilia
on display, including a huge Vulcan bomber.
If you’re looking for a museum with a difference
then why not pay a visit to the unique Colman’s
Mustard Shop and Museum [map] on Bridewell Alley, which traces the 200-year history of this popular delicacy.
Finally, Origins [map] is a multi-million pound heritage centre located
in the magnificent glass Forum on Millennium Plain, which
explores Norwich’s 2,000-year history.
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