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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

Homage to Manet: 31 January to 19 April 2015

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Homage to Manet is a major loan exhibition which explores the influence of one of the most important and controversial artists of modern times, the French artist Edouard Manet. The exhibition includes work by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, Walter Sickert, Gwen John, William Orpen, Vanessa Bell, Laura Knight and Alfred Munnings.

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

Please click here to view admission and opening times.

We're turning wood into gold!

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On 8 December we launched our first ever crowdfunding project to re-gild the frame of one of our rarest and best loved paintings: The Paston Treasure. With the help of 189 donors we’ve managed to reach our target! A huge thank-you to everyone that supported this project, we hope you’re as excited as we are to see this wonderful painting restored to its former glory.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest developments over the coming months. Special thanks to The Art Fund for their support - check out their website for the latest arts news and to see other #arthappens projects running across the country.

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Norwich Castle Spring What's On

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Get your spring visit to the Castle in your diary now. Click here for our Spring 2015 What's On, covering events in the Norwich Museums from January to April.


For news of all the Castle’s autumn events, click here to download our Whats On brochure.

£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


See Ana Maria Pacheco's wonderful new work 'Enchanted Garden' at Norwich Castle from 17 March

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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.

On Friday 27 March Ana Maria Pacheco will be in conversation with Colin Wiggins (Special Projects Curator, National Gallery) at Norwich Castle.

5.30 Refreshments and an opportunity to view the reliefs
6.15 'In Conversation' event in the Lecture Theatre.

This event is run in association with the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society. Tickets are £5 ncas members, £7 non-members.

Booking is essential - please email

ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons, 9 May to 6 September 2015

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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.

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. The exhibition has made it into CNN’s list of top 19 events ‘worth travelling for’.

Advance tickets are on sale now for the period 8-24 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 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.


In partnership with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival


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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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