Museum Sessions

Interact, dress up and explore the rich history Ipswich has to offer.

Our sessions involve a mixture of elements including story tours by trained Museum Assistants, teacher-led activities and free time to explore the galleries.

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Sessions

Amazing Animals

Investigate traditional displays and handle collections to employ and practise scientific enquiry skills – including observation, prediction and measurement.

Discover (Art) In A Day

A full-day session exploring the Mansion and looking at a range of art forms and artists, from paintings to furniture, Michelangelo and Rubens to the 2000s.

Early Years

Use one of our topic boxes to bring focus to your visit. Specifically designed for younger children.

Ipswich At War: Local History Study

Uncover the history of Ipswich by taking on the roles of a local wartime family. Combines fun, hands-on activities with the use of real artefacts.

Journeys In Ancient Egypt

Map the journey of an Ancient Egyptian artefact from the potter who made it to the museum visitors who handle it today.

Maths At The Mansion

This full-day session focuses on maths skills, with pupils asked to apply their skills to solving problems about the architecture, decoration, and historical lives associated with the building.

(Available to book from March 2020)

Prehistory

Investigate, question and compare two lifestyles in our prehistoric past. Artefacts, art and role-play bring history to life.

Sheeran And Blossfeldt

A chance for art students to get an insider view of ‘Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk’ and ‘Art Forms in Nature’.

Toy Stories

Take part in lots of interactive activities which reveal more about the amazing toy collection at Christchurch Mansion.

Victorians

Bring the Victorian home to life as you play the role of servants to complete kitchen and laundry chores before dressing up as the rich homeowners Mr and Mrs Fonnereau.

What's That Rock?

In this half-day interactive session pupils will explore rocks and soils using science and English skills.

Why's That In A Museum?

Students can examine objects linked to the families who have lived in Christchurch Mansion and debate why they are kept in a museum.

Who Were The Anglo Saxons?

This session offers pupils the chance to handle real finds, discover where the Anglo-Saxons came from and find out more about their way of life…

(Available to book from February 2020)

What’s On

Events

Discover new ideas in Ipswich.

Browse the diary to discover what’s on in Ipswich, including fun events for the family, talks, tours and evening events for adults.

Exhibitions + Displays

Our programme draws from Ipswich’s own art and museum collections, as well as touring exhibitions and work by local artists. 

Browse the diary to find out what you can see across Ipswich Museums.

Where will your adventure start?