Swaffham Museum
Swaffham Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
We are a small, independent social history museum for Swaffham and the surrounding villages in Norfolk from the Stone Age to the modern. Explore our history both by visiting the Museum and walking the circular trail. Home of the Symonds collection of figures based on characters from literature and history. Local heroes include Howard Carter the archaeologist, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Knyvet Wilson VC, Jem Mace prize fighter, W E Johns author of the Biggles books and the Swaffham Pedlar. In 2022 we celebrate Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. The Carter Gallery has been updated and refurbished for this. In 2019 we opened the new Conflict and Consequences gallery, full of information about Swaffham's involvement in wars and conflicts.
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JuliaMeopham_Kent
London, UK29 contributions
Sep 2022
Excellent little museum. The highlights for us were the Mary Jeffery diary illustrations on the 2nd floor. These are really funny and charming illustrations from a young girl's diary from the 19th century. And, of course, the Carter family Gallery and the discovery of the Tutankhamun's tomb. Also includes some artifacts on loan from the British Museum.
Written 11 September 2022
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Margaret H
Cambridge, UK30 contributions
Sep 2022
A very interesting town museum. I particularly liked the items found by a metal detector. Everything was well labelled. There’s even a room devoted to Tutankhamen
Written 2 September 2022
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loveshopping102
London, UK10 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Wonderful work done by the staff. There is general local information plus a separate section for Howard Carter (discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamen on 1922) as his family were resident in Swaffham. This year celebrates the centenary.
Written 27 June 2022
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Otanronic
Welwyn, UK50 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Had a really informative time at the museum where I attempted to reconstruct a statue as a restoration expert would have done. All of the exhibits were interesting and well laid out. Loved the Tutankhamen Carter exhibition that had a great screen show of the tomb being discovered.

A great morning used well
Written 4 June 2022
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Tony C
Dumfries, UK554 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
This little town museum surprised me with its link to Howard CARTER. I learnt a few things about Egypt I did not know. Worth a stop if you are in town
Written 30 June 2021
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HertfordshireHedgehog
12 contributions
Aug 2020
Very good local museum. Particularly interesting section focused on Howard Carter (due to his local connections to Swaffham) and Tutankhamun. COVID-19 arrangements were well thought through and it was nice to find the museum open at this time. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable. There is also an interesting section on local archaeology. The museum told the story of Swaffham well.
Written 21 August 2020
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Dan M
Bramhall, UK246 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
It’s what you would expect.

The archeology room is interesting. The best bit is the carter stuff. The link is he is local. Some of the rooms really don’t have a lot.

If you are in the area it’s worth an hour.
Written 21 August 2020
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Steve M
Redcar, UK727 contributions
Aug 2020
We discovered Swaffham Town Museum when we parked almost outside its front door. The half dozen display rooms are each assigned a particular topic - local artefacts, the extensive finds of a local metal detectorist and of course the Howard Carter displays - that's the Howard Carter who opened the tomb of the boy king Tutenkamun in the 1920s.

Everthing is well displays, the captions are succinct yet informative and every room has an interactive or video screen. The staff appear to be volunteers who are thoroughly enjoying their role and engaging with visitors. It was a fascinating and rewarding hour.
Written 17 August 2020
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Juz69
Leeds, UK2 contributions
Jul 2019
Good museum if you need to learn about Egyptians and they had a dressing up box so you can look like an ancient egyptian
Written 16 April 2020
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Janet H
Ellesmere Port, UK888 contributions
Aug 2019
A small free (donations welcome) social history museum. There are 5 different rooms to visit over several floors. The gentleman volunteer who greeted us was most friendly and very well informed about the museum. The first room, on the ground floor is the Ben Emerson Room which has items that explain some of the town’s history. A short flight of steps up takes you into the Monique Slaven Room which displays the many archaeological finds that she found in and around Swaffam over many years. You then go up the main staircase and can read the tale about ‘The Swaffam Pedlar.’ Another room at the top of the building has artefacts which explore the effect that the two world wars had on the town. In the final room downstairs there is a collection of exhibits relating to local man Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. There is also the Symonds collection of figures based on characters from literature. It is a very interesting museum which takes about 90 minutes to go around. Well worth a visit. Nearby is a free car park.
Written 6 September 2019
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Swaffham Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 13:00