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Essential information about visiting Museum of Norwich

Historic shoe sculpture

The Museum of Norwich is a gem of a museum with extensive and varied displays about the local and social history of Norwich. 

The essentials

Museum overview

  • Housed in a former merchant's house and Bridewell, or prison
  • Displays are over two floors and encircle an attractive courtyard
  • Social history of the people of Norwich from the middle ages to the present day
  • Trade and industry including shoe-making and weaving
  • Museum shop with pocket-money items
  • Drop-off point a minute's walk away on St Andrews Street

Facilities for schools

  • Indoor picnic area with coat and bag storage. Courtyard for summer picnics. Please note: the indoor picnic area is small so you may need to stagger lunchtimes


  • Accessible toilets
  • Lift
  • Displays fully accessible
  • Please discuss wheelchair access on booking

Bookings and information

Booking is essential for all school visits, and we'd recommend usually enquiring a term in advance.

If you'd like to make a booking, contact or 01603 493636, and have the following information to hand

  • The name and postcode of your school
  • The number of students you want to bring
  • Their year group(s)
  • The number of accompanying adults
  • The type of visit you're interested in
  • Which half-term/term you'd like to visit
  • Whether anyone in the group has any learning or access needs
  • For workshops, half-day events or self-guided visits, whether you'd like a space to eat packed lunches. If you visit for a full-day event, you'll automatically be assigned a lunch space