Crime & Punishment - Discover Nottinghams Horrible History

The main building for the Galleries of Justice Museum is closed for renovation until 1st April 2017

Read more »

Nottingham Galleries of Justice Museum

The main building of the Galleries of Justice Museum is closed for renovation until 1st April 2017

From 1st April 2017, following a £1million Heritage Lottery Fund supported project, we will become the National Justice Museum. Using the UK’s largest collection relating to law, justice, crime and punishment, the new National Justice Museum will include an exciting range of new exhibition areas showcasing even more of our collection. There will also be a range of fun, interactive activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy.

Please note: The Galleries of Justice Museum will close from 20th February 2017 as we embark on  a major capital works project. During this time, visitors will be able to experience a new tour of our original 1905 Police Station and tours of Nottingham’s historic Lace Market.

The Lace Market, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN

Recently voted England’s Best Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014, based at Nottingham’s old courthouse and gaol, there are many ways to explore our museum of Crime and Punishment, with free exhibitions, audio and performance-led tours plus an on-site café and gift shop.  There is an engaging Robin Hood exhibition perfectly suitable for children of all ages – Perfect for those days out in Nottingham. The legend of Robin Hood has a particular importance and connection to the Galleries of Justice Museum, as for centuries, this historic building was the base of the Sheriff of Nottingham!

The Villainous Sheriff hosts our children’s birthday parties and Christmas parties as well as our popular Sheriff’s Medieval Banquets.  The Medieval Banquets include a superb four-course dinner, served by wenches whilst medieval minstrels provide unique entertainment!  We also host exciting Murder Mystery events, where guests play sleuth, explore the gaol, interrogate the suspects and take part in the most fascinating ‘whodunnit’ in Nottingham!

We are proud to be one of Nottingham’s most unique wedding venues Brides to be who are looking for a grand, beautiful and historic wedding reception venue in the centre of Nottingham can read more about our wedding services under the ‘special occasions’ heading.

The Galleries of Justice Museum has been voted ‘the most haunted building in the UK’ by paranormal investigators Fright Nights and one of the most haunted buildings in the world by the Most Haunted Team!  New for this season are our recently launched brand new Ghost Tours and Terror Tours where visitors will hear tales of the Shire Hall’s dark and sinister past and be led around the haunted corridors, cells and dungeons, some of which are not usually open to the public.

Many of our unique events are suitable for any occasion!


Watch our video to learn more about the only museum of its kind in Europe!

Click here to see what is under the Galleries of Justice Museum

Find out more about us »

Arts Council England
Just Giving
Just Giving
Kids in Museums
Better Business Regulation