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True's Yard Museum

True's Yard Museum

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The museum is partly housed in two restored fishermen's cottages, accompanied by galleries and a fishing smack, telling the stories of the close-knit North End fishing community. The museum is partly housed in two restored fishermen's cottages, accompanied by galleries and a fishing smack, telling the stories of the close-knit North End fishing community

A shop stocks gifts and local history books including those about local fishing and True's Yard's own publications, and there is a Victorian tearoom. Our archive of transcribed parish registers, other documents and boat index is available for consultation by those wanting to research family history.

We hold the key to St Nicholas Chapel (the Fishermen's Church) just round the corner.


Admission Costs

Museum Admission

Adults £3.00

Concessions (over 60s) £2.50

Children £1.50 (under 5s free)

Family Ticket £6 (2 adults, 2 children)

Group discounts available


North End Guided walks £4, children half price (includes admission to Museum). Contact Museum for details


The Pat Midgley Research Centre

Personal research £4

Full-Time School & Higher Education students FREE (proof of status required)


Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm


North Street
King's Lynn
PE30 1QW

Tel: 01553 770479

Latitude: 52.75830752° 52' 41.1° N Longitude: 0.3968021 ° 26' 15.9° E


Other Information

Upstairs of cottages only accessible by stairs, otherwise museum accessible to all.

External Website: http://www.truesyard.co.uk/


How to Find Us

The museum is situated in the north of the centre of King's Lynn

By car. Follow brown tourist signs to 'the Old Town'. Parking is available nearby at the Tuesday Market Place.
By rail. The museum is 10 minutes walk from the train station on Blackfriars Road.
By bus. The museum is 10 minutes walk from the bus station on NewConduit Street near Sainsbury's.


Some Photos of Our Museum

True's Yard Museum
True's Yard Museum
True's Yard Museum


Posted:2009 9 15 11:35:25 GMT
True’s Yard Museum is currently undergoing an extension project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is set to open to the public in Spring 2010. The extended Museum houses the last remaining domestic smokehouse in King’s Lynn, which is being faithfully restored, including the fishy aroma! The extension will also include King’s Lynn’s first sound archive and a new Education Room to improve school visits to the Museum. The smokehouse has received Grade II listed status from English Heritage, meaning a separate planning application had to be put in for Listed Building consent. Although this hasn’t held up the building work and we are already one month into a five month build. True’s Yard Summer Event’s Programme for 2009 is already underway. The first event, Creatures from the bottom of the Fleet, took place on the 28th July, and was attended by fifteen local children and their parents. In just two hours they learnt about a variety of different sea creatures, made clay models of bizarre and frightening creatures and underwater mobiles to take home. To coincide with the first King’s Lynn Hanse Festival, the Museum is opening its doors to the public for free on the 1st August 2009. We have used this opportunity to launch a temporary exhibition entitled; The Smokehouses of the North End, this will run for the remainder of the summer and gives an insight into the industry and the people behind it.
Jo O'Donoghue Great Yarmouth Museums
Posted:2010 4 17 21:31:38 GMT
The Museum extention was officially opened to the public on 5th February 2010 by HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Visitors can see the restored smokehouse, complete with real smoked red herring! The complex also contains King's Lynn's first sound archive, where visitors can listen to the voices of the old Northenders and make recordings of their own, for future generations to hear. Education facilities are also much improved with the addition of a new education room, which is available to rent, and is where Museum events are held. The Summer events programme for children is now available. Please contact outreach@truesyard.co.uk for more information.
Susanne Fay True's Yard Museums

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