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Museums in Nottingham Whether you want to learn more about the legendary outlaw Robin Hood or want to see what life was like in Victorian Nottingham, pay a visit to one of the city’s museums and be amazed.

For starters there’s the renowned Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery [map], which opened in 1875 and depicts the city’s history through a selection of permanent collections. Among the displays are some of Nottingham’s medieval alabaster carvings for which the town became famous.

There's also is the Brewhouse Yard Museum [map] on Castle Boulevard, which is housed in five 17th century cottages just below the castle. This museum recreates life in Nottingham over the past 300 years, with reconstructions of traditional shops and homes among the many highlights here.

For those of you who don’t know, Nottingham stands on an array of caves made in the Sherwood sandstone underneath the streets. If you fancy heading down that way then get along to the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre where you’ll find the City of Caves exhibition [map]. Inside the caves is an air-raid shelter along with a medieval underground tannery, several pub cellars and even a mocked-up Victorian slum dwelling. But the real treat is that actors have been brought in to breath life into the history of these unique 700-year-old caves.

Situated in the impressive Shire Hall building is the Galleries of Justice [map], where you can travel through hundreds of years of crime, punishment and law. Among the delights here are insights into the medieval water and hot iron ordeals as well as some 21st century crime detection systems. A group of jailers and prisoners take you on this highly interactive journey. But beware, you could find yourself sentenced to death in a Victorian courtroom.

Located on the Wollaton Park estate, the Wollaton Hall Industrial Museum [map] displays the city’s industrial heritage such as lace making equipment, a huge 1858 beam engine and a locally invented 1963 video recorder. The estate is also home to the spectacular Tudor hall, which is also the setting for the city’s Natural History Museum, with some fine specimens on show.

Fans of the world’s most famous outlaw will not want to leave Nottingham without visiting the Tales of Robin Hood attraction [map] on Maid Marian Way. This waxwork museum, which has a fairground style ride in it, takes you through models of Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest in the days of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Once the tour is over you can find out more about the reality behind the legend and pick up a few Robin Hood souvenirs.

Other museums worth checking out during your stay include the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre [map] in Ruddington, a steam railway and bus museum, and the William Booth Birthplace Museum [map] in Sneinton, which is dedicated to the life of the founder of the Salvation Army.

Please note that the highly acclaimed Museum of Costume & Textiles [map] at Castle Gate is no longer open to the general public, but is available for individual events, researchers and school groups.

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