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Broads Museum

Showcases the life and times of the Norfolk Broads, including the myriad of ways of working and living on the Broads.

An Introduction to the Museum of the Broads at Stalham

Wooden Dinghy
Museum Wheel
Pike Fish
Broadland Painting

The Museum of the Broads showcases the life and times of the Norfolk Broads. The Norfolk Broads, one of England's unique landscapes, were formed by medieval peat diggings, which became shallow lakes, linked by winding rivers. Today they are a haven for both wildlife and recreation, but behind the tourist industry lays a myriad ways of working and living, much of which is on display in the museum. The museum is split into a number of themed buildings, with larger exhibits displayed out in the yard.

Norfolk Cottages

Museum of the Broads Plan

Museum Plan
The Weedcutter

Museum of the Broads Guided Picture Tour

The entrance to the museum is situated off the busy A149 road at Stalham Staithe.
Inside the friendly reception has a shop selling Broads related items and a few refreshments.
Museum Entrance
The Museum of the Broads
The Broads museum entrance

This area of the museum is housed in a shed once used to store coal, timber and farm produce waiting to be transported via the Broads rivers in wherries. You can see a full size replica of a wherry 'cuddy', the master's sleeping and living quarters. There are also models of wherries on display.
Norfolk Wherry in the Museum of the Broads
Wherry Inside
In the cabin of a Norfolk Wherry
Wherry Model
Norfolk Wherry model
Model Wherry Albion
Norfolk Wherry Albion model

In this part of the museum you can meet a marshman and investigate his very traditional lifestyle as he harvested reeds and sedge for thatching, marsh litter for animal bedding and hay for horse and cattle feed. You can see working boats, such as punts, displays covering topics such as windmills and even local art.
Norfolk Marshman
Punts & Wildfowling
Norfolk Punts and wildfowling
Norfolk Punt
Windmill Display
Norfolk Broads windmill display
Windmill Mosaic
Norfolk windmill mosaic
Broads Painting
Painting showing a Norfolk Wherry at St. Benets Abbey

In this area you can sit and watch a video explaining the history, traditions and origins of the Broads. Your children can get to grips with tying knots, painting or trying the quiz sheets. There are cabinets containing old tourist brochures and examples of Broads related tapestries.
Presentation Area
Broads museum Discovery Room
Children's Noticeboard
Childrens notice board at the Broads museum
Old Brochures
Old boating holiday brochures
Broads Tapestry
Tapestry showing Norfolk Broads scenes
This 20lb fish in a glass cabinet, apparently was caught by a boy from Hickling aged just 6 years in 1955!
In the children's area, there are things to do like turn this boat wheel, linked to port and starboard indicators.
Large Fish
20lb Pike caught in 1955
Boat Wheel
Boat wheel

In the boat shed you can see examples of how water transport has been vital to the social, business and leisure life of Broadland. Examples include a commissioner's launch, the world's smallest concrete boat an ice yacht and an airbourne lifeboat. There are full size boats, model boats and a section devoted to engines.
Wooden Dinghy
Wooden sailing dinghy in the Broads museum
Model Yacht
Broads sailing models
Marine engine collection
Skipper of a Broads steamer

The larger boats are scattered about the yard outside and include a provision boat operated by Curtis stores, a Broads racing yacht, a Broads sailing cruiser and a weedcutter.
Provisions Boat
Broads provisions boat
Commissioner's Launch
Outside display at the Museum of Broads
Windmill Model
The Weedcutter
Museum of the Broads near Stalham

Museum of the Broads summary of what to SEE and DO

See inside and admire the construction of a wherry
Find out about the life and times of a marshman
Discover the history of the Broads
See the various boats on display, both real & models
The museum can found on the staithe at Stalham or set your SAT NAV to NR12 9DA. The museum is open 10.30am to 5pm daily (April to October). Entry costs £4 for adults, children £3.50. Tel: 01692 581681
A great insight into the life and times of the Norfolk Broads. The interactive displays make this museum interesting for little ones as well as grown ups!

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