Visiting Ipswich Museums

We are working hard and following Government guidance to protect our visitors and staff. So, when you come to Christchurch Mansion or Ipswich Museum, things might look a little different.

Scroll down for more information on booking a visit and what to expect when you arrive.

If you, or anyone in your household, are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19, please don’t visit our museums. Instead, we recommend you follow Government guidelines regarding self-isolation.

Last updated Friday 7th October

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Booking and Tickets

For your safety and comfort, we are asking visitors to book a ticket in advance for a timed entry to visit Christchurch Mansion or Ipswich Museum. Admission to the Mansion includes entry to the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition.

Our timed entry visits are super simple to book, just pick a time between 10am – 4.30pm (Tuesday – Saturday) and 11am – 4.30pm (Sundays). You can ask our team any questions or discuss special requirements when you phone.

You can book your visit up to 7 days in advance. Tickets can be booked online by following the links below, or by calling 01473 433100 between the hours of 9.30am – 5.30pm (Monday – Friday). Please note, staff may be serving other customers when you call, so do try again if you don’t get through.

Subject to availability you may be able to visit the same day as booking.

You can book up to 6 people from the same household/bubble per timed entry.

If your household/bubble has 6+ people, you must book separate, additional entries, however you will need to attend as separate groups and remain socially distant from all those not in your bubble. Please select the same time slot for your whole group. If there are not enough tickets available, you may need to stagger your arrival over multiple slots or select another time. Visitors can only enter at the time of their ticket.

Your contact information will be held on record for 21 days from the date of your visit to assist with Test and Trace if required.

Please note that your ticket will not allow you re-entry all day. Your visit will be concluded once you exit the museum. There is no time limit for your visit, but we ask you to follow the one-way system throughout.

We reserve the right to refuse entry to any visitors who have not pre-booked. Timed entries cannot be exchanged on the day and late entry cannot be permitted. There will not be the facility to wait inside the museum prior to your booked entry time so please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before the start of your timed entry.

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.


What to Know Before You Visit

Our timed entry means that we are reducing the number of visitors in the buildings at any one time.

With regular cleaning and a new one-way system around the displays you will still be able to see everything and stay safe. Please note that some interactive displays will be unavailable.

We have installed hand sanitising stations at the museum entrance and in the gallery spaces.

Please note, there are no areas for visitors to eat lunch. You can bring plain bottled water into the museum, but no other food or drink is allowed. If this is prohibitive to your visit for health reasons, for example if you have diabetes, are breast feeding or need a break-out point for ASD dependents, please do discuss this with us at the time of booking.

We have removed some seating from the gallery spaces to aid social distancing.

If you are visiting with a pushchair, please note you must keep it with you during your visit. Please be aware that there is no buggy park available at Christchurch Mansion and limited space for buggy parking at Ipswich Museum. Due to uneven floors and narrow doorways in Christchurch Mansion, buggies are not able to access upstairs.

For people with access issues, there are two screens on the ground floor that display images of inaccessible galleries.

In accordance with government guidelines, we ask that all visitors wear face coverings. Please note that from Saturday 8th August this will become mandatory. For details on exemptions, please check the website.

Please be aware that Museum staff may choose to wear face coverings, but it is not mandatory. Staff will be wearing masks where it is considered to be beneficial, such as when servicing the rest areas. Where the wearing of a face covering may inhibit communication with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound, masks will not be worn. Our team will be adhering to hygiene advice issued by the government and will be supported with any PPE required.

Both Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion are typically busy between 10am – 12noon. If you are looking for a quieter time to visit, we recommend the afternoon.

To avoid bottle necks or visitors having to u-turn, some areas are currently restricted. If your group wishes to see any of these spaces, staff can support you to access them.

Ipswich Museum closures

  • The Ipswich At War Gallery
  • The endangered species section of the Bird Gallery, although you can still see into this area
  • A small section of the balcony containing Anglo-Saxon objects, although you can still see into this area

Christchurch Mansion closures

  • The 1st West bedroom and the Dressing Room
  • The Victorian Kitchen, although you can still see into this area
  • The Lower Tudor Room, although you can still see into this area
  • The Queen Anne Closet


While You Are At The Museum

On arrival you will be directed by a member of staff to the appropriate waiting area, further aided by floor markings and signage.

Please note, entry to Christchurch Mansion will now be via the courtyard behind the main building. The doors at the front will be an exit only.

Once inside, new one-way systems will guide you around the displays at Christchurch Mansion and Ipswich Museum. There are plenty of arrows and signage to help show you the way.

We have tried to keep as many of our fun interactive experiences available, but please note some areas of the museum may be inaccessible due to the current safety guidelines.

Our staff will be regularly cleaning throughout the day.

Please keep together in your group throughout your visit. We ask that you follow the current social distancing guidelines and, in areas where distancing is trickier, avoid contact with other visitors by facing away when passing one another.

For the safety and comfort of all visitors, please wait patiently to use an interactive, or to visit the shop if other visitors not in your group are already using that space. Also, please be mindful of the time your group is spending in any one area.

Please clean your hands regularly throughout your visit using the hand sanitiser stations around the museum.


Toilet Facilities

Our toilets/baby changing facilities are still operational, but on a reduced capacity, so we have made a few changes.

In Christchurch Mansion, there are two available toilets – the first is roughly halfway round the one-way system, and the second is near the end. Please be advised that it could be around 1 hour after entry until you reach these. In Ipswich Museum the toilets are near the end of our one-way system, so once again, it could be around 1 hour after entry until you reach them.

There are easy access/baby changing facilities available at both Christchurch Mansion and Ipswich Museum, but these are at the end of both one-way systems, so please allow 1 hour after entry to reach these.

We will be making sure that our staff are attending the area, keeping things clean and helping you to queue if necessary.

Be mindful to use the toilet facilities as a group and, if possible, please avoid multiple trips.

Please dispose of antibacterial wipes and paper towels in the bins provided. Do not flush them down the toilets, as this will cause blockages.


How To Shop

Both the Christchurch Mansion and Ipswich Museum shops will be available at the end of your visit.

We are only able to accept card or contactless payments and screens have been installed around our tills.

Both shops are small areas, so we are asking visitors to be patient and observe social distancing guidelines. You may have to queue to enter.

Please use the hand sanitiser before entering our shops.

Please avoid handling products where possible and, if you have younger people with you, please make sure they do not touch items you do not intend to purchase.

We have reduced the number of products on display to make browsing easier.


Unable To Visit

We know not everyone will be able to visit us once the museums have re-opened. That does not mean you should miss out however. Visit our Museum From Home library for ideas and activities inspired by the museums and collections.


What’s On


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