Nelson Museum

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The Nelson Museum celebrates the life and times of Horatio Nelson, England's famous Naval hero. Explore Nelson's career, from his childhood through his famous battles to his tragic, heroic death, with our great displays and our hands-on activities. Try our hammock, play ship's games, examine cannon from Nelson's time or sit in our sunny picnic area. Avoid the rats and listen out for the cannon fire!

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Opening hours

February - November
Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 4pm
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

Admission charges

Adults £3.80 (over 16)
Concessions £3.20 (OAP, students)
Children £2.50 (Over 3, under 16)
Family ticket £9.50 (2 adults, up to 4 children)


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Library is open to the public by appointment only.

The museum is a key location for secondary memorabilia relating to Nelson, his life and times. The collection comprises oil and watercolour paintings, miniatures, prints, ceramics, medals, busts, memorabilia and modern souvenirs. We also have excellent holdings of contemporary documents, letters, broadsheets and manuscripts relating to Nelson, his family and the Navy and a fantastic library (items from which can be viewed by prior arrangement).

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Maritime, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Horatio Nelson
  • Samuel Drummond
  • Matthew Keymer
  • oil
  • watercolour
  • miniature
  • document
  • letter
  • broadsheet
  • manuscript
  • book
  • bust
  • ceramic
  • print
  • map
  • chart
  • plan
  • Emma Hamilton
  • medal
  • William Hamilton
  • Fanny Nelson
  • Hoste
  • Matcham
  • Mahan
  • Nile Tables
  • Battle of the Nile
  • Battle of St Vincent
  • Battle of Trafalgar
  • Battle of Copenhagen
  • Naval life
  • Sea life
  • sailor
  • garden
  • rat
  • Norfolk
  • Burnham Thorpe
  • HMS Victory
  • Navy
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.

Education service

* Loan boxes filled with a variety of items related to Life on Board, Food on Board, Costume and Navigation
* CD Education pack - a collection of information loosely based on the curriculum with images, roleplays, eyewitness descriptions, maps, games, chronologies, worksheets, Lesson Suggestions and museum visit information. £10 + VAT.
* Education Room with handling collection and Education Officer for teacher-led sessions.


  • Faith Carpenter


  • Nelson Museum

Nelson Museum
26 South Quay
Great Yarmouth
NR30 2RG

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01493 850698

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