We are a small, independent social history museum for Swaffham and the surrounding villages. Annual exhibitions plus displays from the Stone Age to the modern. Home of the Symonds collection of figures based on characters from literature and history. Local heroes include Howard Carter the archaeologist, Admiral Sir Knyvet Wilson, Jem Mace, W E Johns and the Swaffham Pedlar.
This year (2019) saw the opening of our new 'Conflict and Consequences' Gallery, full of information about Swaffham's involvement in wars and conflicts.
Small does not mean insignificant - the museum featured on Antiques Road Trip on January 23 2018 when Raj Bisram visited to explore the Carter connection. This programme is available on Youtube.
Children's activities throughout the museum.
Explore our history. Walk the town trail.
On an appointment basis, we offer personal and group research facilities in our Archive Room using maps, newspaper clippings and other documentation and artefacts.
We love schools and and voluntary organisations! See our Outreach page for more on what we can bring to you.
Unfortunately, we are only able to allow Assistance dogs into the museum; and food and drink is not to be consumed on the premises.
Visit our gift shop for souvenirs, local maps, craftwork and collectables. This also houses the Tourist Information Centre.
What do our Visitors think of us?
“"Loved it. Really interesting and especially liked the tomb reconstruction"”
Visitor - April 2019
“"Enjoyed it all! but especially the Monique Slaven Room (archaeology)"”
Visitors - April 2019
“"Fabulous exhibition - our 8yr old was totally absorbed"”
Visitors - July 2018
“"I visited your museum on Monday last and was made very welcome by the staff. I said I was from The Lanman Museum in Framlingham, Suffolk. . I was made very welcome and given a guided tour of the museum and my questions were answered very helpfully. I am very grateful to all in the museum who gave so much help to a complete stranger. Please accept my grateful thanks for your gracious help. I did enjoy the exhibits, the warm welcome and pleasant atmosphere of the museum"”