Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life

Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life
Blackfriars Road
Great Yarmouth
NR30 3BX






01493 743930


01493 743940

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Children playing in the museum's courtyard.
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Come and explore this museum housed in a converted Victorian herring curing works and take an exciting journey into the past. Discover Great Yarmouth's fascinating history, its rich maritime and fishing heritage and some of the colourful characters who made their living from the sea.

Wander through a Victorian 'Row' and see inside a fisherman's home. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s quayside, take the wheel of a coastal Drifter and hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue on the high seas. Follow Great Yarmouth’s transformation from a sandbank to the present day, through times of boom and bust and war and peace.

Relax in the the spacious courtyard beneath a spectacular canopy of sails, surrounded by historic fishing boats.

Lively hands-on displays, games, puzzles, free audio guides, film shows and children's activities bring the great story of Great Yarmouth vividly to life.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site, Gallery

Opening hours

<b>1 April – 31 October 2012</b>
Mon – Sun 9.30am – 4.30pm
<b>1 November – 31 March 2013</b>
Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm
Sat & Sun 12noon - 4pm

Contact the museum for opening times over Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

Adult: £4.90
Concession*: £4.20
Young Person (4-16): £3.60
Museums Pass holders & under 4s free. Discounts for groups, ring 01493 743943 (non schools), 01493 743944 (schools).

*Disabled visitors, over 60s and students.

Please note: Admission to the shop and cafe is free.


  • English Heritage

Additional info

Maritime East Archive is open to public by appointment only.

If you would like to use the Maritime East Archive at Time and Tide make an appointment for this free service. The archive is open, by appointment, on Mondays between 10.00 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 15.30.
Please telephone Emma Davison (Curator) on 01493 743941 or
email: emma.davison@norfolk.gov.uk
Address: Time and Tide Museum, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3BX

Maritime Heritage East, led from Time and Tide, is a project to raise the profile of the rich maritime collections in the East of England, and to develop local, regional and national partnerships.

Over 30 other museums and heritage attractions from the coastal counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are currently on board.

A forthcoming website and a programme of exhibitions aim to generate interest in our regional maritime collections and to increase access to them.
Please contact Fiona Ford, Maritime Curator, on 01493 743941
E-mail : fiona.ford@norfolk.gov.uk
Address: Time and Tide Museum, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3BX

Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life displays many objects formerly displayed in the Maritime Museum of East Anglia.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Maritime, Personalities, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Edward Seago, Alfred Stannard, William Joy
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Water Ways: Art & Nature On the Broads

  • 22 November 2014 — 12 April 2015 *on now

Water Ways: Art and Nature on the Broads explores the landscape and natural habitats of the Broadland environment through the eyes of artists working in the region, mainly in the C19th and early C20th.

The exhibition celebrates the extraordinary natural environment of the Broads that makes the area such a rich source of inspiration, relaxation and enjoyment for artists, naturalists and holiday-makers alike. At the heart of the exhibition is work from the Norfolk Museum Service collections of some of the most renowned Broadland painters from the 19th and early 20th centuries: Charles Harmony Harrison, Stephen Batchelder and Arthur Patterson. And works by contemporary artists reveal how this landscape continues to be a rich source of inspiration.

Loans from the Museum of the Broads, Norfolk Heritage Centre (including photographs by PH Emerson and John Payne Jennings) and private collections, as well as natural history and archive sound recordings, add to the story of this unique landscape and its importance to the region as a place for both recreation and conservation.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Included in museum admission - Adult £4.95, Conc. £3.95, Child £3.50 Family tickets are available.



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Red dragonfly

Sky High

  • 1 February 2015 11am-4pm *on now

Find out about feathers and flight through the eyes of the predatory marsh harrier and the Norfolk hawker dragonfly. Look at incredible images made by wartime aerial photographers and earn your wings by making your own ‘ace flyer’.

Suitable for

  • Any age
photograph of grass snake

Swamps and Snakes

  • 7 — 8 February 2015 11am-4pm

Learn how to identify Norfolk’s snakes and other reptiles and find out more about their diverse habitats and unusual habits.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Friday Talks


Drop in to one of the regular Friday lunchtime talks led by museum staff and guest speakers. A list of topics can be viewed on the website so you can pick and choose from what interests you. For example: The History of Dentistry, The Archaeology of Great Yarmouth, Vanished Villages and so on.

How to obtain

Friday Talks are free after normal museum admission and are suitable for 16+ years. For further information email yarmouth.museums@norfolk.gov.uk.