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You’ll find a wealth of collections in our museums illustrating all aspects of Norfolk life, heritage and environment. They make a great day out for families, schools or anyone wishing to find out about our county.
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Replica Mosasaur skull and lower jaw
Mosasaurs were giant carnivorous marine reptiles, distantly related to dinosaurs. This species swam in the seas here in Norfolk some 80 million years ago. Discover the fossil at Cromer Museum.
This Roman helmet dates from 250-300AD. It is a ‘parade’ or ‘sports’ helmet used by cavalrymen for displays and tournaments rather than at war. It is made of thin brass sheet beaten into shape and gilded. It can be found on display in Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery.
These early predecessors of the modern roller skate have two large, spoked wheels with rubber tyres. They caused a craze in the 1920s and in London many people commuted to work in them! See them on display in the Lynn Museum.
This unusual egg from the late 19th century is incised with two images of square rigged sailing ships and a British red and white flag. It is on display in Time & Tide.
Bust of Roman Emperor Tiberius
This bust once stood on top of Thetford's theatre to welcome theatre goers two hundred years ago. The plays took place during Assize Week when the town came to life around the criminal trials and punishments. On display in Ancient House.
Trousers from 1800
Imagine the teenage labourer that wore them and the mother that lovingly mended them. They were found stuffed up a chimney, possibly to stop witches from flying into the house. Find them in the main hall of Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse.
Dates for your diary
Sep 17Super Models: Some Assembly Required
Sep 17Castle Art Club
Sep 17Shirehall Courtroom tour
Sep 17John Joseph Cotman: An Eye for Colour
Sep 18John Joseph Cotman: An Eye for Colour
Sep 18Super Models: Some Assembly Required
Sep 19Super Models: Some Assembly Required
I am absolutely thrilled. I could never in a thousand years imagine that I could be fortunate enough to find a fossil and have it identified.
…I would say that Norfolk Museums Service is one of the best county museum services in the country and it’s doing a great service to the people and visitors of Norfolk.