North Norfolk is a region with a rich cultural history; home at one point or another to successive generations of Celts, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Vikings and Normans. Norfolk itself was historically one of the most densely populated and wealthy counties in England, and is responsible today for 30% of the UK's treasure finds each year.
With such deep history to draw upon, North Norfolk has a superb collection of museums, which celebrate and commemorate the different facets and faces of this storied region.
Explore Cromer and the North Norfolk region through the ages at Cromer Museum. The museum does a superb job of bringing to life the different incarnations of this quintessential Norfolk coastal town. Discover the prehistoric history of the region with the cast of the skull of a Mosasaur, a huge aquatic dinosaur that roamed the seas of Norfolk 80 million years ago, and find out about the famous West Runton elephant, the UK’s largest and most complete mammoth fossil. Closer to the present day, Cromer has a fascinating history, first as a fishing town, and then as a fashionable Victorian Seaside Resort.
Cromer Museum is open from 1st March 2017, Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday: 12 – 4pm.
Admissions to Cromer Museum is £4.00 for adults, £3.20 for young people and £3.80 for concessions. There also discounts for families and groups.
Lynn Museum, in King’s Lynn, is home to a stunning life-size replica of the famous Seahenge. This remarkable Bronze Age timber circle, which was probably used for ritualistic purposes, survived for some 4,000 years before it was re-discovered in 1998 by an amateur archaeologist and subsequently excavated and restored.
Elsewhere in the museum you can explore King’s Lynn throughout the ages, through a variety of different objects and artifacts, including Roman coins and scrimshaw carvings.
Lynn Museum is a great day out for the family, and features plenty of fun family focused event days throughout the year.
Admission to the Museum is free, from 1 October 2017 to 31 March 2018, otherwise admission is priced at £4.35 for adults, £4.15 concessions and £3.50 for children.
If dinosaur bones and Bronze Age timber circles isn’t your thing, then head over the Soldier Museum at Houghton Hall. The collection of toy soldiers here is one of the largest in the world. The 6th Marquess of Houghton Hall, Hugh Cholmondeley, began collecting toy soldiers as a schoolboy in 1928, and continued to expand his collection throughout his life, which included service in the Royal Dragoons in World War II for which he was awarded the Military Cross. In keeping with the life of the 6th Marquess of Houghton Hall, there is a fascinating array of military memorabilia in addition to the stunning display of model soldiers.
The Soldier Museum at Houghton Hall includes a variety of interactive features making it perfect for a family day trip. Houghton Hall itself is one of the region’s finest stately homes, and is a must-visit for anyone interested in the history of the area.
The museum is housed within the grounds of Houghton Hall, for which tickets must be purchased either online or at the on-site ticket office. The Hall is open open until Thursday 26th October 2017 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays only.
For ticket prices please see the Houghton Hall website.
The Muckleburgh Collection is a military museum situated on the site of the former Royal Artillery Anti-Aircraft training camp at Weybourne on the North Norfolk coast. The collection boasts an extensive array of tanks and armoured cars, all of which are maintained in working condition. Aside from the 120+ military vehicles, there are a variety other military exhibits, including artillery, machine guns and missiles. The Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry collection houses uniforms, photographs and military documents.
The Muckleburgh Collection opens 25 March to 29th October everyday from 10am - 5pm. Ticket prices are £11 for adults, £7 for children, while children under 4 get in free.
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