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The Norfolk Nelson Museum opens
Matthew Henry Keymer's portrait of Lord Nelson has switched homes from Great Yarmouth Borough Council's offices to the new museum.

A museum to celebrate the life of Norfolk's most famous son has opened in Great Yarmouth.

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The Norfolk Nelson Museum boasts around 900 items dedicated to the naval hero from letters, books and ceramics to paintings, medals and a piece of wood from the Victory.

The museum at 26, South Quay is the only one in the county to solely honour the Norfolk admiral. It will be officially opened on July 18 by the Duke of Edinburgh, the museum trust's patron.

All-round appeal
Alongside traditional exhibits, the museum shows what Horatio Nelson's life was like below the decks through sight, sound and smell.

A rare Jasperware teapot from Wedgwood forms part of the collection.

A replica of a boat houses an interative display where children can climb into hammocks, hear Nelson's commands and the commotion on board a battleship, see the crew's meagre daily rations and smell cannon-fire.

A room recreating Nelson's home at Merton Place in Surrey is dedicated to his life outside of battle. A wax model of Nelson sits at a desk, and glass cases feature displays of how he looked and his colourful love life.

The museum is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and 2pm-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is £2 for adults, £1 for children, £1.50 for concessions and £4.50 for a family ticket. There is full access for the disabled.
Call 01493 850 698.

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