Ipswich Museum


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Free admission

Explore Ipswich's past with stories that will inspire you. This fascinating and unique museum gives you the opportunity to meet the famous woolly mammoth, the elegant towering giraffe and other wonderful curiosities from the natural world .

Go on a journey through Suffolk's past from the Iron Age to Romans and Saxons. This museum gives a fascinating insight into the town and surrounding area's intriguing past.  Discover more about past civilisations across the globe, you can even take a trip down the Nile in the Egyptian Gallery!

What can you see?

Victorian Natural History Gallery

The Victorian cabinets are lined with exotic foreign animals arranged in their zoological classification. They are watched over by hunting trophies and the only complete mounted specimen of a rare sub-species of giraffe. Alongside are the first gorillas ever seen in Britain, an Indian rhinoceros and a large diorama of African animals built in 1906.

The Ogilvie British Bird Gallery

Our vast collection of British birds on display is considered to be one of the most important and complete in the country. Fergus Menteith Ogilvie (1861-1918) was a 'sportsman-naturalist' with a great enthusiasm for the study of birds and orchids which he carried out with thoroughness and scientific insight.

Suffolk Wildlife Gallery

Come and see our life-sized model of a woolly mammoth who will guide the visitor through what happened after the Ice Age. What animals lived here then? When did humans and our familiar British animals come to live here? Are they British species or invaders? See the bear, wolf and boar of wild Britain before the land was farmed.

British Mammal Gallery

This gallery hosts a display of beautifully set Victorian dioramas of British mammals in their natural habitats. Also find out about the distribution of mammals throughout Suffolk.

Suffolk Geology Gallery

The geology of Suffolk from 70 million years until 10,000 years ago is displayed in the geology gallery. Chalk fossils sit alongside East Anglia's famous crag deposits, phosphatic nodules, glacial erratics and boxstones. Come and see the teeth of the extinct giant shark Megalodon from the Eocene period. Also displayed are the rich Pliocene and Pleistocene marine fauna for which East Anglia is known, some of which occur nowhere else in the world.

Early Bird Hour From June until August 2017 we will be trialling an Early Bird Hour on the first Friday of each month, between 9am and 10am. Visitors with additional and sensory needs can explore the museum before it opens to the general public. Advance booking is essential, so if you would like to take advantage of our Early Bird Hour, please call us on 01473 433550 to arrange your visit. 

Opening times

Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Closed all Sundays and Mondays and 24th to 27th December and 1st January







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How to find us

To reach Ipswich by road, use the A12 or A14 and follow signs to Ipswich town centre.

There is no parking at Ipswich Museum but it is located in the town centre. There are a number of car parks which you can use, the closest being the Crown and Spiral car parks.

The Ipswich Museum is a ten minute walk from Christchurch Mansion approximately 20 minutes from the railway station, and five minutes from Tower Ramparts bus station in the town centre.

Gift Shop

Ipswich Museum has a gift shop with an extensive range of books, posters, educational resources and gifts for all ages.


A vending machine dispensing hot and cold drinks is available at the main entrance.

Baby Changing

Baby changing facilities are available.


Access information for visitors with mobility impairments
There is a ramp at the main entrance leading to double doors that can be opened to allow access for wider wheelchairs or scooters.

There is a manual wheelchair available for use, if required. Please ask at reception.

All galleries are accessible via a lift or stairs.

All areas of the ground floor are either level or have ramped access.

An accessible toilet is located on the ground floor.

Access information for visitors with visual impairments
There are hands-on and sensory experiences at various points throughout the museum.

Access information for visitors with hearing impairments
We provide British Sign Language interpretation at selected events. Please see our events section for details.

If you have any further access queries please contact our Bookings and Information Officer on 01206 28293701206 282937 or email jo.besant@colchester.gov.

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