A jewel of a museum in a lovely Georgian town
Set in a handsome, grade II listed townhouse on Swaffham’s Georgian Market Place, Swaffham Museum has elegant rooms housing rich collections and 21st century displays with lots for all the family to enjoy. Find out how Swaffham man Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamen and see remarkable archaeological finds from the local Swaffham area too. In school holidays, look out for family activities, with fun for all ages, and don’t miss the Symonds Doll Collection, which recreates characters from Shakespeare, Dickens and Tolkien.
The museum also includes temporary exhibitions and a library and archive (24 hour notice required). Local and family historians are welcome. Group discounts are available, please call for details. Recommended length of visit: 1 to 1.5 hours
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Other good things to do nearby
Explore Georgian Swaffham, otherwise known as Market Shipborough from the TV series Kingdom. The Museum Shop houses the town’s Tourist Information Centre so start your tour here. Swaffham’s Church of St Peter and St Paul has one of the finest examples in England of a double hammer beam roof, built from chestnut wood – truly magnificent. Saturday is market day when stalls with fresh produce, antiques, flowers and clothes jostle for space on the large market place. Visit Ecotech and climb the massive wind turbine for un-paralled views of rural Norfolk. Swaffham is only four miles from Castle Acre and its 12th century castle.
Travel and parking
The museum is a short walk from the market place in the old Town Hall on London Street. Swaffham is just off the A47 between Dereham and Kings Lynn. Free parking, limited to two hours, on the town square (not Saturdays) and in Theatre Street car park, which is five minutes walk. Public transport: First Bus and Sanders bus services.
Monday – Friday: 10am to 4pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm
Child (5-18) £1
Family group of four £6
Children under 5 FREE
Friends of Swaffham Museum FREE
Facilities and access
Other access information: Lift to first floor.