Norfolk Museums Pass
Published date: September 2018
If you love visiting museums, historic buildings and art galleries, this is worth looking into. You can purchase them for family and friends; they make a great gift and can be enjoyed the whole year through.
The benefits include:
- Unlimited admissions to 10 of the most famous Norfolk museums
- Discounts in the museum shops and cafes
- Discounts on talks, tours and events
- Avoid the queues at Norwich Castle with fast track admission
You can buy a pass by calling in at any of the ten Norfolk museums and speaking to the staff at the ticket desk.
Or you can download and complete the Norfolk Museums Pass application which can be found by visiting the Norfolk Museums website:
The 10 Norfolk museums
Visit Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and see one of Norwich’s most famous landmarks. Built 900 years ago as a Royal Palace by the Normans, take a glimpse of what life was like when the castle was built. A fascinating place for the whole family to explore.
Shop and café.
Guided tours available at an extra cost.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Set on a fifty-acre site, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a museum of rural life and takes you back in time to explore two centuries of life on the land. It’s a treasure trove of exhibits, with recreations of shops and homes and a workhouse that tells a fascinating story.
Suitable for the whole family, visit the traditional working farm with its rare breeds and take a cart ride or have a go at milking. Enjoy countryside walks and let the younger visitors play on the well-equipped adventure playground. There are special events organised throughout the year; Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a hidden gem and makes a great day out, come rain or shine.
Time and Tide Museum
Great Yarmouth is home to the Time and Tide Museum, which is one of the UK's best preserved Victorian herring curing works. Learn about Great Yarmouth’s Ice Age origins through to the present day and see inside the homes of typical local fisherman from 1913. Explore the smokehouses where you can still experience the lingering aroma of smoked herring and hear gripping tales of disaster and rescue. Meet colourful characters who made their living from the sea and find out about Great Yarmouth’s rich maritime heritage and how it has developed and evolved into a popular seaside destination.
Museum of Norwich
The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell is walking distance from Norwich’s city centre. Learn about the city’s industries and those who lived and worked there, from Medieval through to modern day.
See how the city of Norwich constantly adapted to change, from the textile trade, to shoe production, mustard and chocolate. In 2012 a major refurbishment project was completed, with the installation of lifts, so the museum is now accessible to all.
Elizabethan House Museum
Situated on South Quay in Great Yarmouth, Elizabethan House museum allows visitors to experience the lives of families who lived in this property many years ago. Discover how different life was for those who lived there and for those who worked there; what was it like to work in the kitchen during the Tudor or Victorian era? Have fun getting dressed up in Tudor costumes and let the children play in the toy room.
Dating back to 1320, Strangers’ Hall is one of Norwich’s oldest and most interesting buildings. Discover the history of Strangers' Hall and learn about those who lived and developed it. Explore the Great Hall, the Chambers, the Georgian Dining Room, the Parlour, the Sotherton Room, the Victorian Rooms and the Walnut room.
Housed in a former Union Baptist Chapel and schoolroom, Lynn Museum can be found adjacent to the town’s bus station, in Kings Lynn.
Follow the story of West Norfolk through its galleries at the museum and take a step back in time as you walk into a life size replica of Seahenge. This amazing replica Bronze Age timber circle is the museum’s centrepiece. Learn about those who carefully crafted the timbers with their bronze axes some 4000 years ago. Discover how the timbers were uncovered and how this ancient wooden structure survived.
Located in the seaside town of Cromer, Cromer Museum allows visitors to take a step back in time and see what life was like in the town at the end of the 19th Century. With a wealth of historic photographs and illustrations of the town, get a taste of Victorian times when you visit this intriguing museum. Learn about the heroic rescues of the Cromer lifeboatmen and about the life and work of Henry George Blogg, the most decorated lifeboatman in RNLI history.
Visit Tolhouse Gaol, one of the oldest prisons in the country and explore Great Yarmouth’s history of crime and punishment. Discover the gruesome fate of thieves, witches, pirates, smugglers and murderers and see the original cells where they were incarcerated. Listen to the audio guide to hear the prisoners describe their experiences.
The striking black and white building known as the Ancient House is located in Thetford, Norfolk. It is probably one of the best examples of an early Tudor town house to be found in East Anglia. The museum tells the history of two of Thetford’s most influential characters, Duleep Singh and Thomas Paine.