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Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

CastleHill, Norwich, NR1 3JU, United Kingdom

Culture Days Out - Galleries & Exhibitions

Tel 01603 493649




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About Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

The Colman Art Galleries at Norwich Castle display the museum’s world-famous collection of Norwich School paintings. The two galleries have displays, films about the Norwich School, a new touch-screen learning resource and contemporary art.

The ‘British Masters’ gallery showcases the work of the two leading figures of the Norwich School, John Crome and John Sell Cotman, displaying their greatest masterpieces side by side for the first time.

Nowhere can you see the range and variety of British teapots better than at Norwich Castle Museum and art Gallery. The museum is home to Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service's collection of over 3,000 teapots.

From the Elegant to the Quirky

Many of the Castle Museum's teapots are on display in the Twining Teapot Gallery and range from the elegant to the quirky. They date from the 1730s right through to the 1980s.

In the Twining Teapot Gallery you can see a teapot with two spouts, as well as teapots in all sorts of shapes - a first world war tank, a cabbage, a castle, bamboo and a monkey to give just a few examples. They also come in all sizes (from miniature teapots no higher than your finger to giant teapots longer than your forearm).

Learn all about the story of Boudica and the revolt against the Romans, in AD60-61.

The Boudica GalleryBoudica was the great warrior Queen of the Iceni. The Iceni were a deeply religious Celtic tribe who lived in settlements and spent their lives raising crops, managing woodland and tending herds of sheep, cattle and pigs in the area now covered by Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire during the late Iron Age.

Within the gallery you can see re-created scenes, handle objects, take rune rubbings, watch a short video about the Iceni Queen, take a ride on a reproduction wooden chariot of the type used by Boudica as she led her people into battle. And see a wealth of objects from the period.

The Egyptian Gallery at Norwich Castle is small but contains a significant collection of artefacts, which were found in Egyptian tombs and donated by wealthy travellers who visited Egypt in the nineteenth century.

Following the death of Henry Rider Haggard (known for works such as King Solomon’s Mines) his collection of Ancient Egyptian antiquities were donated to Norwich Castle. Within this collection is a fragment of pottery inscribed with the story of an Egyptian princess, which is described in the novel ‘She’. The pottery and inscription are fakes, created especially for the novel, but they succeeded in creating significant intrigue in this period of history, an intrigue which is continued throughout the rest of the gallery which contains artefacts of around 4,500-2,500 years old.

To get the most out of your visit, we recommend you telephone 01603 493625 or 495897 before travelling to see a specific object or gallery

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  • Open - All Year
  • Open - Easter

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  • Pay & Display Parking

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  • Disabled Friendly
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