- Time And Tide is on Blackfriars Road, off St Peter's Road, Great Yarmouth. It's just opposite a stretch of Town Wall. Tel: 01493 743 930. It's a short walk from the seafront and South Quay. Accessible for wheelchair users.
- The museum is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm until 31 October 2005.
- 31 Oct to 31 March 2006: Open Mon to Fri from 10am to 4pm and Sat and Sun from 12 to 4pm. Closed 20 to 26 Dec and 1 Jan.
- Admission is £5.45 for adults, £4.90 for concessions and £3.50 for 5 to 16-year-olds.
- Time And Tide has a cafeteria, education room and two temporary galleries.
Long forgotten scenes of Great Yarmouth's fishing industry have been brought back to life at a new museum.
Time And Tide is the latest jewel in the county's historical crown - and it is now Norfolk's third biggest museum.
More than £4.5 million has been spent on converting it from a herring curing works, which closed in the mid-1980s.
Time And Tide, in Blackfriars Road, has brought the town's past into the 21st century with a variety of interactive displays.
The museum - which is centred around the building's life as an old fish factory - is home to life-size models, puzzles, games, exhibitions and film shows.
Visitors can walk down a row recreated from the turn of the century and peek into shops and houses, take to the helm of a 1950s steam drifter and see how an old sea wharf used to work.
|It was heavy work on the sea wharf|
Parts of the Victorian building have been preserved so people can see how it was once used.
Visitors can walk into the tall smoke sheds where fires used to be lit on the floor to cure thousands of herrings at a time.
The fish used to be pierced on speets (long sticks) and then these would be laid across loves (wooden bars).
Sights and smells
Although the building was unused for nearly 20 years, the smell of smoked herrings still hangs heavily in the air.
One of the worst parts of a herring worker's job has also been recreated.
|It was a balancing act for workers|
A deep pool of brine was used in which to soak the fish and then a worker would be sent in to the cold, smelly tanks to retrieve the herrings.
In the days before brine, the fish used to be preserved in salt piles - and the white mineral marks can still be spotted on the walls.
When the workers finished collecting the herrings from the brine they could warm up in front of the fire in the barrel-makers or the coopers, which was based on site.
The barrels were used to store the fish and they were made at the factory to keep up with demand.
A life-size model now stands in front of the old fire along with tools and materials used to make the barrels.
The museum is centred around the original courtyard which is home to three old fishing boats as well as one for children to play on.
|Barrels used to be made on the site|
Rachel Kirk, area museums officer for Great Yarmouth, said the project gave the museums service the chance to finally pool their exhibits in to one place.
"The boats have been dotted around various sheds in Norfolk so it's nice to get them out," she said.
"This has been building up for so long so we're excited."
Exhibitions and collections
The former Tower Curing Works now boasts collections and exhibits from the town's Maritime Museum, which closed in 2002.
Time And Tide traces Great Yarmouth's history from when it was part of mainland Europe and mammoths roamed the land.
There is a display of bones excavated from the North Sea as well as a clump of mammoth hair.
|We do like to be beside the seaside|
These pieces sit alongside the Gorleston Hoard - a collection of Bronze Age weapons and axes which were found in 1952.
The exhibition in the old packing area also features an Anglo-Saxon boat carved out of a tree trunk.
From the Ice Age, the exhibitions go on to tell the stories of wrecks and rescues, wartime Great Yarmouth, the town's life as a top seaside resort and its industrial history.
There are lots of nuggets of information to be gleaned from the displays.
For instance, did you know Grouts of Great Yarmouth made the black silk crepe that Queen Victoria wore while in mourning?
Fun and games
The museum is peppered with a range of interactive displays and games to enchant children.
|Children (and adults) can catch the fish|
There are also viewing posts where you can watch old footage of the town's fishing industry and listen to people's memories and hear sea shanties.
It was important to the museum's staff that Time And Tide would appeal to a wide range of visitors.
"We have involved the local community and have done public consultations over the years," said Rachel Kirk.
"We've tried to incorporate what people want and that's to make it fun and appeal to all audiences," she added.