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Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

One of Norwich’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Explore the Castle's history as a palace and later as a prison, and enjoy our fabulous collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum collections.

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For more information, please contact our friendly museum staff on 01603 493625 or email

Norwich Castle Autumn & Winter What's On

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Get your Autumn and Winter visit to the Castle in your diary now. Click here for our Autumn & Winter 2015 What's On, covering events in the Norwich Museums from September 2015 to January 2016.





ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons, 9 May to 6 September 2015
Less than a month left to see the show!

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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.

The exhibition was featured in CNN’s list of top 19 events ‘worth travelling for in 2015’ and will be the only chance to see Jeff Koons’ work in the UK this year, including some of his best known pieces such as Winter Bears, 1988.

Here’s what visitors are saying about the show:

‘Amazing, never seen anything like it! The detail that has been put into it is astonishing’

‘Joyful art executed with great skill’

‘Thought provoking and inspiring… nothing is what it seems!’

To find out more about tickets and opening times please click here.

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

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It’s #Koons competition time!

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Strike your best Jeff Koons pose in our special photobooth and you could win a prize!


Simply get snapped, tweet it to us @NorwichCastle with #Koons #pigpic and you could win a £10 voucher to spend in Norwich Castle’s shop as well as a free ticket to the museum.


Winners will be chosen at random between 3 August and 6 September 2015, see full terms and conditions here.


To find out more about our exciting exhibition ‘Artist Rooms: Jeff Koons’ please click here.


New Edith Cavell Display now open

Edith Cavell by Raymond Lynde, see the portrait in the new displays

Come and see our new display dedicated to local heroine Edith Cavell, the British nurse executed 100 years ago for helping British and Allied troops escape from occupied Belgium.

See the display in the rotunda, included with normal admission.


See Ana Maria Pacheco's wonderful new work 'Enchanted Garden' In Norwich Castle Keep

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As part of a city-wide celebration of the sculptor Ana Maria Pacheco we will be exhibiting 'Enchanted Garden', a new series of eight polychromed and gilded alabaster reliefs, in our Norman Castle Keep.

The reliefs reflect the artist’s long interest in the famous medieval alabasters in the Castle’s collection and her friendship with the late Francis Cheetham, former Head of the Museum and an expert on alabaster.

The ‘Enchanted Garden’ series pays homage to the power of human imagination. It draws on literature and the wild and magical landscapes that Pacheco knew as a child.

Work is also on display at Norwich Cathedral, Norwich University of the Arts and The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich.



£1 million for Norwich Castle project

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Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Museums Service have welcomed news of a £1 million government investment in a project to restore the interior of the Norwich Castle Keep.

This project will recreate the 12th Century Royal Palace, complete with fine art collections in a medieval gallery. The overall cost is expected to be around £10 million and be wholly funded by funding bodies and charitable trusts.

Read more on the Norfolk County Council website.







The watercolour gallery is amazing, the colours are so fresh. For someone living in Manchester I did not realise what an extensive collection of pictures you have.

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