TOP MUSEUMS FOR KIDS IN SUFFOLK
Suffolk has some fantastic museums for kids, most of them run by enthusiastic volunteers who will answer all of your questions and are extremely friendly with the kids. They also organize events throughout the year for the whole family. Here are our favourites:
High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH
The museum opens all year around, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Closed all Sundays and Mondays and 24th to 27th December and 1st January
Explore Ipswich's past. This fascinating and unique museum gives kids the opportunity to meet the famous woolly mammoth, the elegant towering giraffe and other wonderful curiosities from the natural world.
Let them 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. Also discover more about past civilisations across the globe - you can even take a historical trip down the Nile in the Egyptian Gallery! Furthermore, The Ipswich Museum regularly organize activities for under 5s.
Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft NR33 8BL
The museum is open on various dates throughout the spring and summer seasons from March to October each year.
A Fantastic “living museum” where vehicles of yesterday can be seen in action, where half-forgotten sounds of the past are brought back to life, and where visitors can journey back in time by travelling on a few of the exhibits along the Museum’s streets. Visitors can wander around the site at their leisure, or can spend some time relaxing in either the park or exploring the woodland path to Hedley Grove tram terminus. Or why not soak up the atmosphere of the museum with a walk through our street scene - complete with authentic street furniture. There is also ample opportunity to view the many vehicles in the museum collection and see how these are restored to their former glory. Hear the swish of trolleypoles, the purr of the diesel engine or the rhythmic hiss of steam, making this a real trip back in time.
Crowe Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1DL
The main site of the museum is opened seasonally from March to November.
Located in the heart of Stowmarket town centre, and easily accessible by public transport or by car, this is a favourite among families and children of all ages but particularly good for small children. It is FREE for under 4's. There are plenty of open spaces, mini tractors, a playground and a nature river trail among other things. M.E.A.L also organize weekly activities especially designed for toddlers and their parents or carers.
Viewpoint Road, Felixstowe IP11 3TW
13.00 – 17.00
- Easter to June: Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday
- June, July and September: Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays and Wednesdays
- August: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
- October: Sundays and Bank Holidays
Felixstowe Museum is situated on a stunning stretch of Suffolk coastline. A real ‘hidden’ treasure – adults and children alike can discover all sorts of amazing stuff in fourteen different rooms, from costumes and model planes, to fossils and toys. There are also special events, learning activities and new themed exhibitions each season to enjoy.
Main Street, Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4ES
The Museum is now closed for general admissions until Spring 2016, but there are a number of special events during the closed season
The Long Shop has lots of good things for families to enjoy exploring and doing together. Children will love to discover the mini-home of their ‘working van’, with loads of clothes to dress up in – perfect for photo-shoots! Get stuck in and make sand-moulds in the pattern boxes, discover trails, do jigsaw puzzles and word searches, and visit the garden with a wendy house and space to play. They are right next to Leiston’s Recreation Ground with acres of space to run free!
Cobham Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9JD
The museum is open every Sunday and Bank holiday 11am-4pm between Easter and November, and weekday afternoons 1pm-4pm during school holidays.
This is a must for transport aficionados. At the Ipswich Transport Museum kids can see buses and bicycles, prams and a police car, lawnmowers and lorries, fire engines and a funeral hearse. Staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. Children love to hop on and off the vintage buses, ring the bell on the trams, steer the wheel in the police car, ring the bell on the very popular wooden bus and pretend they are riding around town. There are also a couple of wooden train track tables children can play with (trains are not provided, but do bring your own along to add a further dimension to the transport fun).
There are special events held regularly throughout the year. The museum is operated and supported entirely by the friend’s organisation and volunteers.
Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 5PW
The MSLR is open on all Sundays and Bank Holidays from the beginning of May until the end of September. Additionally there are some operating days outside the main season. Opening times are 11am – 5pm. Trains typically run every 20 minutes on operating days, though this may vary for some special events.
This railway is run by very enthusiastic volunteers who clearly love being there. They are happy to make it an experience for the kids, showing them how to drive a steam train and how the controls work. There are real steam engines running up and down the half mile track, and the kids can ride it as many times as they like. Their run a nice cafe and there is a pleasant walk along a footpath by the side of the track.
Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1DX
This museum is open all year round.
Mondays-Saturdays 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Sundays 12pm-4pm (last entry 3pm)
The museum has themed displays offering opportunities for study and exploration based on: coinage; crime and punishment; death; local history; social history; Suffolk regiment; the Red Barn murder; and witchcraft. Moyse’s Hall’s West Gallery displays the town’s Medieval collections, including a locket containing the hair of Mary Tudor, some medieval weapons, finds from the Abbey, and Abbey stone (some which still remains in the Abbey gardens). They organize some fantastic events for kids.