National Justice Museum

National Justice Museum, Nottingham

Visit the National Justice Museum in Nottingham

Book a daytime admission to the museum 

Book a joint ticket with the City of Caves

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.

Read more about the history of our building

Opening Times

Mon - Fri

9:00am - 5:30pm

Sat - Sun

10:00am - 5:30pm


24-26 December and 1 January

How to find us

National Justice Museum

High Pavement,

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How to book

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

  • Adult: £10.95
  • Under 18s: £7.95 (Under 5s go free)
  • Students: £9.95
  • Over 60s: £9.95
  • Family ticket: £32.50 (4 people, max 2 adults)
  • Joint adult ticket with the City of Caves: £16
  • Joint family ticket with the City of Caves: £48.75 (4 people, max 2 adults)
  • Art Pass members (50% off individual tickets)

See what’s on for our full programme of events and to book tickets

We recommend booking in advance wherever possible. Groups and schools must book in advance. See full booking terms and conditions here
Contact 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

Access information

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 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.

Quiet hours: 9am – 10am weekdays and 3.30pm – 5pm every day.

Facilities include: Hearing loop, Accessible toilets, Audio Guides, Virtual reality presentations

Download our sensory map here: Museum sensory map

Read our full access statement here:  Museum access statement

Click here for directions

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Eat, Drink, Shop

Our café, The Robe Room sells a variety of hot and cold drinks as well as a selection of confectionery, home made 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.


What's On

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book in advance?
You can turn up on the day. However, we do recommend 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. Our sensory map gives guidance for finding areas that tend to be quieter and less crowded, spaces that have seating, and others with tactile engagement and activities.