Bridewell Museum opened its doors in July 2012 after an exciting £1.5m refurbishment.
Over the past 700 years The Bridewell has had a colourful and changing history. It has been a home to powerful merchants, a house of correction, a factory and a museum.
Now this friendly, community museum tells the story of Norwich and its people. The galleries are packed full of fascinating objects and hands-on displays. Watch archive films in our mini cinema, listen to local shoe workers’ memories and play games in the 1950s living room. The museum galleries are now fully accessible for wheelchair users and families with buggies, with lifts to all floors.
With so much to see, there should be something for all the family to enjoy.
The museum has received some fantastic feedback since opening, with many visitors saying they can’t pack it all into one visit and promising to drop in again.
Come and visit us soon to see what they mean.
Events at the Museum
The museum runs a variety of events throughout the year such as:
-School holiday activities
-Curator’s talks for adults
-Under Wraps costume and textile events for adults
-Demonstrations of the loom
-Building Tours during Heritage Open Days
We also run a variety of tours for visiting groups. For more information on what we provide, please call our Bookings Co-ordinator on 01603 493636.