Based in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, the National Justice Museum is housed in Nottinghamshire’s Grade II* listed old Shire Hall and County Gaol.
The museum uses original courtrooms, dungeons and prison cells, along with a number of more contemporary galleries to exhibit collections relating to justice, the law, crime and punishment in a fun and interactive way. When visiting the museum you may also meet a variety of colourful historical characters with different stories of justice to tell.
Mon - Fri
9:00am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
10:00am - 5:30pm
24th, 25th, 26th December, 1st January
National Justice Museum
We have free exhibitions on site open all day every day and tickets can be bought to explore the museum in depth.
General Admission prices
We recommend booking in advance wherever possible. Groups and schools must book in advance. See full booking terms and conditions here
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 952 0555 to find out more
Group Bookings For bookings of 10+ please call our Bookings Coordinator on 0115 9939812
School Bookings Find out more about school visits
We are located in Nottingham city centre with easy access via public transport.
If you have specific access needs we strongly advise that you contact us in advance (0115 952 0555 or email@example.com) so we can help you to make the most of your visit. Please be aware that due to the historic nature of the building, in some parts of the museum there will be low ceilings, uneven floors and many steps. Flat shoes are advisable. Please wrap up warm on colder days.
Facilities include: Hearing loop, Accessible toilets, Audio Guides, Virtual reality presentations
Read our full access statement here: Museum access statement
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Our café, The Robe Room sells a variety of hot and cold drinks as well as a selection of confectionery, cakes, sandwiches and snacks.
Our gift shop is a great place to purchase special gifts, souvenirs and mementos. Our range is carefully selected to ensure it reflects the fascinating themes of our museum. Money spent in our shop goes back into our charity to ensure we can continue to provide enriching learning experiences for all.
Do I need to book in advance?
You can turn up on the day. However, we do recommended you book in advance. All educational and group visits must be pre-booked.
How long do I allow for a visit?
Roughly 2 hours but your ticket entitles you to stay at the museum all day if you wish. We have a variety of exhibitions and galleries for you to browse at leisure as well courtroom performances.
Where can I park?
Unfortunately, we do not have parking on site. However we can offer discounted all day parking at Stoney Street Car Park, just a 5 minute walk away. Simply park as normal, then show your parking ticket at our reception desk, we will then give you a discounted parking ticket to use on exit. The full address for this car park is: Stoney Street Car Park, Stoney Street, Nottingham, NG1 1LS. For further directions including public transport recommendations please click here
Do you offer foreign language guides?
Unfortunately we do not offer foreign language guide books at this time.
Is it scary?
Daytime visits to the museum are not scary and you have freedom to choose which exhibition spaces you visit. Some parts of the prison areas are dimly lit in places, but there is still enough light to see where you are going. Our actors are fully trained to ensure they deliver the correct experience for their target audience. We offer activities which are suitable for all ages including a range of family-friendly interactives. Some very young children may find parts of the building unnerving.