Planned gallery closures

Please note that occasionally galleries may need to close at short notice. If you are making a special visit to see something specific, you are advised to contact us in advance.

Tel: 01603 493625 / 495897       Email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk

Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England

Norwich Castle is about to undergo an exciting transformation. In 2019 we will begin work on our major redevelopment project, ‘Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England’, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The project will transform Norwich Castle and the museum site, with a new entrance and reception area, new shop and café

The Castle Keep will be returned to its original splendour as a palace of Norman Kings, with the original floors reinstated, creating brand new immersive spaces.  A new medieval gallery will be created in partnership with the British Museum – the first British Museum medieval gallery outside London – and all five levels of the Keep will be opened up and accessible to everyone for the first time in 900 years.

Inside the Castle Keep

In preparation for building work, all the objects and displays in the Castle Keep have been carefully removed and put into storage.  The Keep will remain open until late autumn 2019, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience Norwich Castle from a different perspective and showcasing the Norman and later Victorian architecture.

The ground floor (basement) of the Castle Keep is closed to the public for essential survey work. We are undertaking archaeological excavations to help us understand the depth and size of the foundations used for the building's massive walls.  The results of these surveys will inform the continued conservation of one of Europe's most important Norman monuments.

The Castle Keep will be closed once building work begins in late autumn 2019. The rest of the museum, including our art, history and exhibition galleries, will remain open throughout the redevelopment.

Temporary gallery closures

The Egyptian collections have moved into a brand new display in the Arts of Living Gallery.  They will remain in this temporary location until building work in the Castle Keep is completed in 2021.

Please contact the museum information desk on 01603 495897 for full details of closures before you visit.