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The Museum of English Rural Life
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great place!

Visited on Saturday morning and had a really good time! I'd seen their incredible social media... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sarah C
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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Loved it!

This is a free museum with both indoor and outdoor areas. There are wonderful collections of farm... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wanderer676056
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

Since the £3 million redevelopment project this museum has really come alive. There are interactive games and many wonderful artefacts to remind us of days gone by. Everything is displayed artistically and with simple explanations. There is a beautiful garden and a cafe, so one could easily spend a couple of hours or more here. Free parking by obtaining a permit is a bonus. I would thoroughly recommend it for everyone.

Thank Penny S
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

We took our French friends to the museum last weekend and they were very impressed.
It reminded them as well as me of the old days on the farm.
The shear volume of hand tools and implements was staggering.
The interactive displays did not always operate correctly, but this did not matter.
Refreshments were limited and the student dining room next door was open but the service was slow.
These minor faults did not spoil a very enjoyable and informative visit.

Thank michaelallaston
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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Went on a drab rainy summer's day. Very impressed! Free parking, free entry. It has kiddy trail where you hunt rats and learn about country life. Lots of interactive games along the way - shepherding sheep, practising crop rotation etc. My kids zipped through a lot of it, but definitely learnt things and it's free and indoors! I'd take a picnic though if you're staying over lunchtime. The cafe is limited.

Thank Chloe B
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

We recently visited this museum for the first time and were impressed with just how many interesting exhibits they have, though I must say the supporting information is often sparse in terms of how and when many of the items on display were used. That said it was still very interesting looking at all the various items and reading what they were.
There are some interactive toys and games there too which are designed to help keep children interested, and overall they work as the children (and some adults) seem to enjoy them.

Thank Alwaysonholiday2
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

Has a number of interesting items including a large collection of wagons from all parts of England (4 wheels - evidently those with only 2 are carts but what about the horse & carts we used to see with rag & bone men!).
However, despite the multi-million pound update and the inclusion of more personal connections (eg medics in the rural community & wood cutters), I found it still all rather flat. In my humble opinion it needs a lot more about real rural communities - the people not just their tools etc. It needs more about rural dialects from around the country, old films showing the way of life, and even perhaps costumes being worn for different occasions (ideally worn by attendants - although this would probably be too expensive except for special openings).
It's FREE to visit so you may think I'm being rather harsh but as per title - it still needs to come more alive.

Thank Portland_Holiday
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