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The Museum of the Broads, Stalham

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The Museum of the Broads is an accredited museum and registered charity in Stalham, Norfolk, England. It describes its mission as being to "bring the story of the Broads alive". The Norfolk Broads are a network of mostly navigable rivers and lakes in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.

The museum covers all aspects of the Broads ranging from the landscape, industry, wildlife, people, holidays and boats and is open from Easter until the end of October every year. The Museum has an extensive collection of boats, models, marsh working tools, boat plans, paintings, books, photographs, postcards, wildlife, and social history items and memorabilia. Their Victorian steam launch ‘Falcon’, built in 1894, enables visitors to experience the Broads by water. The museum also includes the findings and equipment of ecologist Joyce Lambert, who proved in the 1950s that the lakes and landscape of the Broads were manmade.

The museum first opened in Potter Heigham in 1996, and moved to its current location at the Poor's Staithe in Stalham, in 1999. The museum is supported by their Patron, Henry Cator OBE DL, managed by a board of trustees and largely staffed by volunteers. The museum attracts 8,000 plus visitors every year.
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  • What a delightful little museum run by such a friendly group of volunteers. Not sure why its taken me so long to visit seeing that I am a Norfolk gal who grew up around sailing and motor boats. So.....  more
    What a delightful little museum run by such a friendly group of volunteers. Not sure why its taken me so long to visit seeing that I am a Norfolk gal who grew up around sailing and motor boats. So.....  more »
  • We, together with our dog spent a very pleasant and informative couple of hours walking around the museum, and then capped the visit off with a 50 minute steam boat trip on the "Falcon". All... 
    We, together with our dog spent a very pleasant and informative couple of hours walking around the museum, and then capped the visit off with a 50 minute steam boat trip on the "Falcon". All...  more »
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  • It was too hot to look around the museum when we visited but we chose to pay extra for the boat trip, we still bought the museum tickets :). We had a lovely time on the boat and our boats driver told us many interesting things on our journey. He was very jolly and made the journey even more enjoyable. We'd highly recommend that you visit and go on a boat trip :)!
  • Really helpful volunteers sharing knowledge and skills. Good wheelchair access awareness, including access to the boat tour. A very enjoyable experience

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