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Origins is an exciting exploration of 2000 years of Norfolk and Norwich history for you to take part in. Covering three floors within the stunning landmark Millennium project for the East of England Forum building, Origins has over 60 different exhibits - most with buttons to press, flaps to lift, levers to pull, games to play and challenges to take, there is information to read and listen to and artefacts to look at too, as well as the amazing panoramic film show.

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Opening hours

Origins is open 7 days a week
Monday to Saturday 10am - 5.15
Sunday 11am-4.45pm

Closed: Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Admission charges

Adults: £5.95
Concessions: £3.95

The first floor works through Roman times through to WWII, including strong social history collections, artefacts from each period, information on language, architecture, cloth making and war-time recollections. The second floor is more hands-on, with information about dialect, famous personalities, agriculture, architecture and traditional myths and legends. Archaeological finds from the dig under the Forum building can be seen on the third floor.

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Film and Media, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Betty Bruff, Roger Fry and Michael Mardler - a superb exhibit for you to have a go at norfolk dialect
  • Cheesy Game Show - a fun challenege to find out all about traditional work tools and methods
  • Water game - find out which areas of East Anglia used to be under water

The Forum
Millennium Plain
Bethel Street




Origins shop

01603 727922

Schools, Groups & Advanced bookings

01603 727923


Origins shop

01603 727925

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