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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 museums@norfolk.gov.uk.

Norwich Castle Summer What's On

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Get your summer visit to the Castle in your diary now. Click here for our Summer 2015 What's On, covering events in the Norwich Museums from May to August.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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 was featured in 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

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

The Koons Collaborative, a group of eleven people aged 16-25, will be working on various events to coincide with this exciting exhibition, to find out more about their work 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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Lorina Bulwer display extended until 10 May 2015!

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Following their appearance on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow Detectives, the extraordinary embroidered letters of Lorina Bulwer have been put on temporary display in Norwich Castle. Lorina’s colourful embroideries have long fascinated the public and experts alike. Over three metres long, and entirely stitched in capital letters, they take the form of a very angry rant. What makes them particularly unusual is that Lorina stitched them whilst in the female lunatic ward of Great Yarmouth Workhouse in the early 1900s. The programme featured Norfolk Museums Service's, Ruth Burwood, and Antiques Roadshow expert, Paul Atterbury, as they tracked down the mystery of the embroideries and Lorina’s life. You can watch the show on iplayer here.

Ruth will be giving a talk about Lorina and the new discoveries made since filming, on Monday 27 April at 1.30pm.

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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