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Homage to Manet

Saturday 31 January – Sunday 19 April

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This major loan exhibition examines the legacy of one of the most important and controversial artists of modern times, the French artist Edouard Manet (1832-1883). Central to the exhibition and the undisputed star of the show is Manet’s stunning Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus recently acquired for the nation by the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Paul Smyth, Chairman of the Communities Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: "This loan is a great coup for Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and will doubtless attract many visitors to the county. Well done to all those whose efforts have made the Homage to Manet exhibition possible."

Unique to Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Homage to Manet presents a fascinating opportunity to look at this wonderful portrait and explore the exhibition’s central theme – how Manet influenced the way future generations of artists depicted women and paved the way for professional female artists of the early 20th century to represent themselves.

Featuring approximately 60 works, including examples by Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, Walter Sickert, Gwen John, William Orpen, Vanessa Bell and others, this exhibition breaks new ground in tracing Manet’s legacy in Britain.

We are grateful for the support of the Principal Exhibition Sponsor, Birketts Solicitors. Homage to Manet is also supported by the East Anglia Art Fund and the Eastern Daily Press.

The exhibition showcases oils, prints and drawings on loan from national collections, such as Tate and the British Museum alongside regional institutions such as the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Please note we are unable to take advance bookings for this show.

For admission prices and opening times, please click here.

What's On at the Norwich Museums for Spring 2015

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The latest What's On guide is now available. Find out about all the events at the Norwich Museums for Spring 2015, including Norwich Castle's much anticipated exhibition 'Homage to Manet' which runs 31 January to 19 April. Click here to download a copy.

Voices from the Workhouse

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There are big changes happening at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

“Voices from the Workhouse” is a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project which will transform the museum displays telling the real stories of the people who lived and worked in the workhouse.

Using original accounts, amazing collections and the beautiful building, this project will explore these stories and find out why they are still important today. For the first time it will also examine life at Gressenhall in the 20th century when it became an old people’s home.

For all the latest news and project updates, please visit the Voices from the Workhouse webpage.

Norwich Castle exhibition in CNN's 'must see' events 2015 - ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons

Saturday 9 May – Sunday 6 September 2015

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A new exhibition of work by American artist Jeff Koons, which opens at Norwich Castle in May has made it into CNN’s list of top 19 events ‘worth travelling for’.

Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular and controversial artists of our time. He is famous for iconic works such as Puppy, a forty foot sculpture which stands outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

This exhibition will be the only chance to see Jeff Koons’ work in the UK in 2015 and includes some of his best known pieces such as Winter Bears, 1988.

Advance tickets are on sale now for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival period 9-24 May – click here to book your place!

Adult £6
Concession £5
(registered disabled, jobseekers, over 65s and full-time students)
Child £4 (4-18 years)

Jeff Koons
On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection to galleries throughout the UK.


In partnership with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival


Norfolk 2000 project

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Norfolk Museum Service's Archaeology collections will feature in an exciting art project called Norfolk 2000.

Book onto one of their innovative workshops now and learn about immigration to Norfolk over the past 2000 years with experts from Norfolk Museums Service, University of Nottingham and University of Munich.

In each workshop, visitors will have the chance to handle fascinating objects from the NMS archaeology collection and add their own personal stories to those of the past. Booking is via the Norfolk 2000 website.

…I would say that Norfolk Museums Service is one of the best county museum services in the country and it’s doing a great service to the people and visitors of Norfolk.

I am absolutely thrilled. I could never in a thousand years imagine that I could be fortunate enough to find a fossil and have it identified.