Immerse yourself in History at Ipswich Museum

Are you a history buff? Looking for a family day out in Ipswich? Whatever your answer, we’ve got the perfect solution for you to add to your stack – head to Ipswich Museum to travel the globe, experience millions of years of history and admire various curiosities from around the world in a fantastic trip out that will leave your mind overflowing with fascinating knowledge!

Ipswich Museum History

Did you know that Ipswich Museum was established all the way back in 1881? George Ransome, a famous engineer who was at the forefront of Ipswich’s prosperity in the 19th century, founded the museum with the idea of educating the working class in natural sciences.

Whatever your interests, Ipswich Museum has something that’ll get you hooked. There’s stories, artefacts and curiosities of natural world from across the globe to be admired, from Africa to North America, the Pacific to the local history of Ipswich and Suffolk!

Where is Ipswich Museum?

If travelling by car, you can drive via the A12 or A14 and follow the signs to Ipswich city centre - the closest car park is Crown Car Park. The museum is also just a five minute walk from Tower Ramparts bus station in the town centre. Or, if travelling by train, Ipswich is around a 1 hour 15 minutes journey on the main train line from London to Norwich, where the museum is a 20 minute walk away.

Take a trip around the worlds animal kingdom at the Victorian Natural History Gallery, where you’ll meet a variety of animals from across all continents, from mighty gorillas, majestic lions, towering giraffes and even Ipswich’s famous woolly mammoth, Wool-I-Am! Find a fascinating collection of artefacts and objects from the human world, including mummies from ancient Egyptian civilisations, archaeological discoveries, bird collections and more. Find out more about something closer to home at the Ipswich Story, discovering how Ipswich has changed from vast grasslands, a bronze age town, to a centre for a civil war.

Head to Ipswich Museum and take an incredible journey through 70 million years of history in a fun-filled and illuminating day out!

  • Admission is FREE.
  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
  • Pushchair accessible.




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