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Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life

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This award winning museum is located in recently renovated Victorian herring curing works. The wide-ranging maritime collection concentrates on fishing, shipbuilding and other maritime trades, merchant trade and lifesaving in Great Yarmouth. The emphasis is on herring fishing and curing. The museum recreates a fishing trip aboard a drifter, the bustle of the Yarmouth quayside at the peak of the herring season and a Yarmouth Row. There is a fine collection of shipmodels and an important local marine art collection, including Pierhead paintings. A comprehensive archive of photographs, plans and charts, research files and a database of YH registered vessels may be consulted by appointment.

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.

Admission Costs

Adult: £5.70

Family (1 adult + all children ): £14.55

Family (2 adults + all children ): £19.40
Concession*: £5.40
Young Person (4-16) £4.55

Twilight ticket (1 hour before closing) £2

Museums Pass holders and 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 is free.

Opening Hours

1 March - 31 October 2017 open daily 10am - 4.30pm

1 November 2017 - 31 March 2018 open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 - 4pm


Closed 24 - 26 December and 1 January


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


Latitude: 52.60166552° 52' 41.1° N Longitude: 1.7312971 ° 26' 15.9° E


Other Information

A programme of temporary exhibitions changes throughout the year.


Tel: 01493 743 930


To make an appointment to look at anything in the Maritime Heritage East Archive housed at Time & Tide, please contact Johanna O'Donoghue on 01493 743 941 or email: johanna.odonoghue@norfolk.gov.uk


External Website : http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/

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The museum is fully accessible, lifts, assistance dogs welcome, accessible toilets, audio guides and transcripts available.

How to Find Us

Head along Historic South Quay, turn left into Nottingham way where you head across King St to St Peters rd where the 2nd right is Blackfrairs rd where we are situated.

A car park is situated opposite the museum entrance. where we can provide a limited number of parking tickets for visitors (subject to availability)


Some Photos of Our Museum

Half term events
Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life
Gift Shop at Time and Tide Museum


Posted:2009 9 15 11:37:09 GMT
Rethinking the Maritime Museum 22-23 May 2009 James Steward, Area Museums Officer for Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service attended a conference in Flensburg, Germany entitled ‘Rethinking the Maritime Museum’ (Developments, Perspectives & Challenges). James had been invited to speak about the Time and Tide Museum and the Maritime Heritage East programme. Most of the delegates came from German and Danish maritime museums but others were attending from the Netherlands, Belgium and Greenland. The first day dealt with the museological core themes of collecting and exhibiting. Both sessions made clear that museum objects can help bridge the gap between the personal experience of seafaring and its absence in our everyday lives. To be successful in this effort, it requires not only a detailed knowledge of the material culture but also creative ways of engaging visitors and users of the museums with the history and stories to be told. The second day looked at the importance of maritime museums in the representation of maritime identity. In this context museums are not only important regarding their value for tourism but also regarding their value for the social-cultural development of sea ports and port cities in general. All in all the presentations and debates showed that maritime museums have to reflect the current changes of seafaring and port cities if they want to be more than just a place for nostalgia. But if the maritime museums manage to connect the maritime past and present to the experiences of their visitors and users, the museums can become vivid places for social debate and interaction. The presented examples from the museums practice have demonstrated that a lot of the maritime museums have set a good course. James said, “MHE partners will be aware of the considerable benefit in looking towards the continent for inspiration and in sharing common experiences concerning their collections and audiences.”
Jo O'Donoghue Great Yarmouth Museums

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