Summer at the Museums
Something for everyone at Norfolk Museums this summer. From talks, tours and trails to special event days and hands on activities. Here's a few of our favourites.
We salute the the Norfolk Museums Service – you have been our school holiday saviour for many years!
This summer they have a wide programme of exhibitions and events across the 10 museums and here are a few of our favourites ……
Last chance to see the exhibition ‘Viking: Rediscover the Legend’ which runs until 8th September. Featuring some of the most significant treasures ever discovered in Britain, including objects from the British Museum and Yorkshire Museum.
There is also a fun programme of Viking themed family activities from 29th July – 31 August, including performances of Hiccup the Viking, storytelling and Warriors – a thrilling demonstration of Viking combat and sharp tactics.
Strangers’ Hall, Norwich
‘Live Like your Great-Granny’ is a family drop in event where you can try making natural remedies, beauty preparations and household crafts. Wednesday to Friday and every Sunday throughout August.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gressenhall
The ‘Once Upon a Time’ exhibition is a celebration of children’s books – from familiar classics to strange new worlds. Visit the Reading Forest and Story Den – filled with interactive activities, stories and multi-sensory toys from 12th August to 3rd September (excluding 25th/26th August).
The ‘Village at War’ event takes place on 25th and 26th August. Find out what life was like during World War Two, see military and civilian vehicles, meet costumed characters from GI’s to Land Girls and join in a wartime tea dance.
Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth
Find out about ‘Medieval Medicine’ at this fascinating exhibition which looks at the methods of an apothecary, cunning women, religious healers, barber surgeons and physicians. On show until 22nd September.
On 31st July – Seaside Family Fun day and 7th August – a Science Day exploring ‘Boils, Bones and Body Bits’ – urghhh!
Elizabethan House and Tolhouse Gaol, Great Yarmouth
Themed event days at the Elizabethan House this summer include Culinary Conquests (29th July), A Civil War Conspiracy (12th August) and Daring Dressing Up (26th August).
Double Bumper History Days give admission to Elizabethan House and the Tolhouse so visitors can enjoy activities at both museums. Themes this summer are School-time and Playtime: Victorian Games (5th August) and Prisons and Parlours (19th August).
Cromer Museum’s guided walks are very popular. There’s a Ghosts and Legends history walk (4th August), a Cromer History walk (18th August) and a Cromer at War walk (25th August).
Handle fossils at the Fossil Roadshow (30th July) and bring your own for identification. Become a palaeontologist for the day at Fossil Finders (27th August) and discover fossilised creatures from the sand.
Lots of themed summer holiday activities including Roll into the Stone Age (6th August) and Monsters and Mini-beasts (22nd August)
Ancient House, Museum of Thetford Life
As part of the Festival of Norfolk and Punjab, discover the amazing story of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh (3rd August) at this free event. Handle objects, meet costumed characters and try crafts.
Themed family events this summer include Romans (6th August), Toys and Games (13th August), Victorians (20th August).
Lynn Museum, Kings Lynn
Last chance to see the Snettisham Treasure – a special display of three items on loan from the British Museum (until 1st September).
‘Journeys, Pilgrimage, People and Places’ is a new exhibition exploring Norfolk’s rich history of pilgrimage and the many types of journeys people made and continue to make. Journeys of faith, of trade and exploration, migration and settlement and journeys for fun. On show until June 2020.
Themed family event days include Romans and Celts (1st August), 1953 Floods (8th August), Anglo-Saxons and Vikings (15th August), Seahenge (22nd August) and Pilgrimage (29th August).
Phew – that should help with the summer holiday planning!