Norwich Castle Study Centre

Norwich Castle Study Centre offers first-rate facilities to study fine and decorative arts, archaeology and natural history. There are millions of items in the collections.

Using the Study Centre, you can focus on specific collections and select the objects you want to see to support your area of interest.

Study in the peace and tranquility of one of our four well-equipped private study rooms, where objects and works from the collections can be brought to you by museum staff who can assist your research with their specialist knowledge.

Opening times

Reception is open Monday-Friday 9am–5pm. Study Room opening times vary.

Closed on Bank Holidays and 24-26 December.


Admission is free but viewings are by appointment. Departments may require two weeks notice for an appointment. To view a book from one of the departmental libraries a minimum of 24 hours notice is required.

To arrange an appointment, email or call 01603 493625. We'll discuss what you want to look at and you'll be booked into the appropriate study room.


Norfolk Museums Service deals with hundreds of identification enquiries every year.

If you have an object that you would like our curatorial staff to identify or find out more about, you can take it to the Study Centre reception desk (not Norwich Castle), Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Normally identifications take at least 12 weeks but could take much longer depending on the number of objects, difficulty of enquiry, and workload of the relevant curator.

We can only accept enquiries relevant to our collections or from the Norfolk/East Anglian region.