Inspiring tales of justice
Hear true stories brought to extraordinary life
Meet amazing, costumed characters from Nottingham's history in our Grade II* listed Shire Hall. Explore the Victorian Courtroom, Georgian gaol, and ancient cells - all spread over five fascinating floors. Be inspired by exhibitions on themes of social justice, and discover our captivating collection. Experience justice and the law like never before.
Adventures in history
Our thriving events programme explores the museum’s rich history and its unique collections in entertaining, intriguing and thought-provoking ways.
Friday 30th September, 10am-12pm
Mini Concrete Sculpture Workshop
Friday 23rd September, 10am-12pm
Environmental Protest Clay Sculpture Workshop
Friday 16th September, 10am-12pm
Animation Cinema on an Umbrella Workshop
Friday 9th September, 10am-12pm
Mark your mark. A graffiti Workshop
Friday 2nd September, 10am-12pm
Playing Card Design Workshop
Friday 30th September, 1:30pm-3pm (online)
Zoetrope Making Workshop
27th August 2022, 7:30pm
Cocktails and Crime: Rest in Peace
Friday 12th August, 10am-12pm
Soft Sculpture Making Workshop
Friday 19th August, 10am-12pm
DIY Cardboard Speakers Workshop
Friday 26th August, 10am-12pm
Linoprint Protest Workshop
Friday 26th August, 1:30pm-3pm (online)
Not only potatoes: Printmaking workshop on a tea towel
Friday 19th August - Sunday 21st August
'Freedom' Open Call Photography Exhibition
Written in Brick
30th July, 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th August 2022
Open until October 2022
Young People and Protest
25, 26 Nov, 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 & 17 Dec
We Wish You a Merry Murder
Daily 10am - 5.00pm
Father of forensics
Daily 10am - 5.00pm
Our extraordinary art installation Witness adds a different dimension to your visit.
Acclaimed British artist Susie MacMurray created this dramatic work to highlight the stories of those who were imprisoned, lived and sometimes died within our historic building.
Six gigantic pillars constructed from thick marine rope line up to bear witness in front of the gallows in our 18th century prison yard.
Excellent place! So much to see, read and hear and fantastic actors staying true to their characters. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!
A fascinating day out and well worth the admission fee! Well done, good value for money
Are you ready to join us?
Experience the harsh realities of life on the wrong side of the law. At the National Justice Museum we’re ready to share an adventure you’ll never forget. The question is, are you ready to join us?
Share a unique learning experience
Sparking imaginations and inspiring minds, our unique curriculum-linked learning programmes for children and young people offer true-to-life workshops in real courtroom settings. Through immersive and engaging digital sessions, we illuminate justice, the law and its practise in a way learners will never forget. Plan a visit today.
Young People and Protest
This free exhibition is a celebration of the power, passion, and ability that young people have shown to get their voices heard, to fight against injustice and to enact change. This snapshot of historical and contemporary youth activism from around the world asks: ‘how will you use your voice for social change’?
Read about our latest exhibitions, activities and initiatives about justice and the law.
National Justice Museum announces judges for Freedom photography competition
World world-renowned photographer, writer and director Brian Griffin leads a panel of judges for the National Justice Museum’s open call photography exhibition on the theme of Freedom. Griffin, along with fellow judges Amanda Sinclair and Ofilaye, will choose from hundreds of applicants to award a creative residency at the National Justice Museum in 2023 with £1,000 budget for the lucky winner.Read more
National Justice Museum Wins 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award
National Justice Museum today announced it has been recognised by Tripadvisor as a 2022 Travellers’ Choice award winner. The award celebrates businesses that have received great reviews from travellers around the globe on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, National Justice Museum stood out by consistently delivering positive experiences to travellers.Read more
Rolls Building Art and Education Trust & The Technology and Construction Court Art Competition
2023 is the 150th anniversary of The Technology and Construction Court (TCC), a major specialist Court that deals with disputes about building, engineering and all kinds of technology including software. The TCC is based in the Rolls Building, a spacious and modern courthouse in London's legal heartland.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, there will be a competition for young artists. Entries can be 2D artworks in any medium (except exclusively photography) and relate to the themes of Construction or Technology.Read more
National Justice Museum opens submissions for photography exhibition with a £1,000 prize at stake
The call out is open to photographers from around the UK, from professionals to amateursRead more
National Justice Museum to receive £362,900 in fund which helps safeguard nation's cultural heritage
The National Justice Museum in Nottingham has been awarded a grant of £362,900 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, delivered by Arts Council England.Read more
The National Justice Museum publishes Letters of Constraint
The newly released book is an intimate collection of letters and diary entries from lockdownRead more
National Justice Museum launches Open Court podcast
Retired Judge and former Barrister John Burgess leads a series of interviews taking you behind the scenes of the Justice systemRead more
National Justice Museum wins Best Museums Change Lives Project at Museums Change Lives Awards 2021
The National Justice Museum has been awarded the Best Museums Change Lives Project at this year’s Museums Change Lives awards for our Make it Yours: Workshops in an Envelope project.Read more
Welcome back S.H.E.D!
For two weeks in August 2021 summer, the National Justice Museum hosted a variety of exciting events, film screenings, talks and activities as part of S.H.E.D - the Social Higher Education Depot.Read more
‘Freed Soul’ letters
For Women’s History Month 2021, we’re sharing a collection of Charlotte Bryant letters from our archives.Read more
Justice week 2021
An interview with His Honour Judge John Burgess about the impact of COVID-19 on legal proceedings in Nottingham.Read more
Ghost stories with Claire
We catch up with our former ghost tour extraordinaire Claire Finn to see whether she has any spooky stories to tell.Read more
Autism and me
Michael, one of our educational facilitators at the National Justice Museum tells up about the positives of being Autistic.Read more
With so many changes within legislation and human rights, the question has emerged in recent years; why is Pride still relevant?Read more
Ultimate travel list
We’re delighted that the National Justice Museum has been chosen as one of the 500 top experiences and hidden gems in Great Britain.Read more
The ‘Bloody Code’?
The Bloody Code imposed the death penalty for over 200 offences – many of which were surprisingly trivial.Read more
Nottingham’s National Justice Museum has received a prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education.Read more