Visiting Ipswich Museum


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From 27th January 2022, face coverings are no longer compulsory. For the safety and comfort of visitors and staff however, we recommend wearing one whilst inside our museums, unless you are exempt.

Please respect others’ personal space whilst visiting our sites, and be mindful when in ‘tighter’ spaces.

Please be mindful that our interactives are for the enjoyment of everyone, so use hand sanitiser before and after use.


Enjoy a fun-filled day out and make lasting memories with us at Ipswich Museum. Come and meet animals from around the world in the Victorian Natural History Gallery, from gorillas to lions and even a rare sub-species of giraffe. 

Why not travel the globe, step back 70 million years in the Geology Gallery or follow The Ipswich Story to see how the area has changed since the Stone Age. 

Plan Your Visit

Opening Times

Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

11am – 5pm

Mondays closed



Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Pushchairs welcome and buggy parking available.

Free admission

Booking not required




Our museum shop offers a wide range of products, from activity books for children to Egyptian figures, cuddly woolly mammoths to beautiful homeware. Whether you’re looking for a memento or the perfect gift, we have something for all tastes and budgets.


What You Can See

A map of Ipswich with several stared pins dotted around

Local History

Ever wondered about the history of a particular part of Ipswich? Or what sorts of things have been collected to show the town’s evolution?

Why not explore our interactive map and find out!

The Collections

The Museum is home to a wide range of collections, from natural science to Egyptology, social history to world cultures. Highlights include:

  • The Ogilvie Bird collection
  • Rendlesham archaeology collections
  • Death mask of Titos Flavious Demetrios

The Ipswich Story

Step back in time to when Ipswich was a vast area of grassland and our ancestors used stone tools.

Continue on and discover how we learnt how to use bronze and iron and became a medieval town.

Then explore Cardinal Wolsey’s birthplace and see how it survived through Civil war, World wars and into a modern era.

Victorian Natural History Gallery

See the world through Victorian eyes and take a trip around a global zoo.

Meet gorillas, lions and wild animals from around the globe in our historic natural history gallery.


Whether you want to know when the Museum is quieter, what to expect when you arrive or what facilities we have, simply follow the link below to find out more.

If you cannot find the answers you are looking for, please contact us on 01206 282939 or email and our team will be happy to help. 


Museum gift shop.

Male, female and accessible toilets.

Free water bottle refills on request and a selection of bottled drinks available to purchase at reception.

Baby changing facilities.

Pushchairs welcome and buggy parking available.

Free public wifi in reception.

Ipswich Museum does not have a cafe and food is not permitted. 

No parking available. For up-to-date information on local parking, please visit

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Ipswich Museum Re-development Project


Ipswich Museum is embarking on an £8.7 million redevelopment. The three year project will add gallery space, improve visitor facilities and see its unique collections reinterpreted.

We will work with Ipswich communities and visitors to tell new stories, reinterpret objects sensitively, as well as aiming to reinstall a sense of pride in the town and museum.

What's On


Discover new ideas in Ipswich. Browse the diary to discover what’s on in Ipswich, including fun events for all 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. We also have an incredible array of permanent displays.


Where will your adventure start?