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Explore the collections

Norfolk Museums holds a wide range of collections dating from pre-history to the present day. Browse this section to find out more about our different collections, watch introductions from our specialist curators, and see some of our most important objects.


Telling the story of Norfolk from the earliest species of humans through to the Early Modern period

Costume and textiles

Over 33,000 items of dress, accessories, domestic and decorative textiles from the 1500s to the present day

Decorative arts

The decorative arts collections of Norwich Castle reflect design and decoration over 600 years

Fine art

Works by over 3,500 artists - including paintings, drawings and watercolours, prints and sculptures


Many of the geological specimens in our collections are internationally important

Natural history

From birds, butterflies and plants to scientific models and sea life specimens

Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum

The rich and varied history of the county's regiment from 1685 to 1959

Social history

Our social history collections document life in Norfolk and are displayed across all our museums