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Norwich Castle

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.

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

Norwich Castle Highlights

See below for news on displays, major exhibitions, and current highlights.

Missing piece of a Magritte masterpiece discovered

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We’re very excited to be able to announce some amazing art news about one of our most popular works, La Condition humaine by Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte – during recent conservation work, ahead of the painting being loaned to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, an x-ray revealed the existence of a previous work beneath the surface!

The work has been identified as one quarter of La Pose enchantée, a large painting of two female nudes which was last referenced in 1932 before disappearing for eighty years, only for two sections of the work to be discovered beneath paintings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm in 2013. It isn’t known why Magritte cut the painting into four and the final piece has yet to be discovered. Please note that as this work is in the process of being loaned to the Pompidou Centre for a René Magritte exhibition it’s currently unavailable to view at Norwich Castle. Follow us, Castle Art and the Conservation Department on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest information.

What’s On at Norwich Museums, Out Now!

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Click here or on the image to download your copy of the new What’s On leaflet.

Find out about our new exhibition Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis - plus half-term Hallowe’en activities; talks, workshops, and tours throughout autumn and winter.

To keep abreast of events at all the museums, sign up to our regular e-bulletins here.




Norfolk Museums Service gets green light from Heritage Lottery Fund to transform Norwich Castle Keep

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It was announced today that Norfolk Museums Service has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project.

An initial development grant of £462,400 will be a major boost to the multi-million pound plan to transform Norwich Castle’s iconic Keep into one of the region’s premier heritage attractions. A further £8.7 million has been earmarked towards the project and a second application for the full grant will be made at a later date.

Read more about this exciting project here.

Watch a short film about the project's vision here

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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.