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Ipswich Museum, Ipswich

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Ipswich Museum is a registered museum of culture, history and natural heritage located on High Street (off Crown Street) in Ipswich, the County Town of the English county of Suffolk. It was historically the leading regional museum in Suffolk, housing collections drawn from both the former counties of East Suffolk and West Suffolk, which were amalgamated in 1974.The original foundation of 1846, devoted primarily to Natural History, was moved to new premises in High Street in 1881. In about 1895 Christchurch Mansion, a large 16th-century house near the town centre in Christchurch Park, was given to the town. It was developed as a second venue under the same management and curatorship, devoted particularly to fine and decorative arts. Both are parts of one institution and draw on the same central core of collections.Merge with Colchester Museum Service, 2007On 1 April 2007 the Ipswich Borough Council Museums Service was merged with that of Colchester Borough Council (Essex), and its staff transferred to the employment of Colchester. The building and collections, however, remain the property of the town of Ipswich. Ipswich Borough will be responsible for 50% of funding. Since the merger most members of the former Ipswich staff have vacated their posts. Suffolk's largest and oldest Museum, formerly autonomous, is therefore now absorbed into a regional 'hub' under a management centred at Colchester, enabling it to benefit from Designation funding.Kevin Bentley, portfolio holder for culture at Colchester, is reported to state: 'Colchester is the home of Roman history in Britain'.
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  • A lovely building with enthusiastic staff tell the story of this longest inhabited town in England. The exhibits are top class. Who could ever forget the woolly mammoth? One of the best ever Egyptian ...  more »
  • Don't be put off by the website and frontage. Even though it's a fabulous old building it can appear run down. Not at all inside is a Victorian wonderland to another era. The layout might not have cha...  more »
  • One of my favourite places to go in Ipswich. Such a range of time periods are covered in this museum. A range of things on display, from coins and trinkets to mammoths and interactive displays. A grea...  more »
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  • Visiting Ipswich for the day & hadn't planned to go to the museum but so glad we did. My two girls (7 & 9) were like "museum...boring" but as soon as they saw the woolly mammoth and the giraffe they were hooked. The staff were great and there were activities for the children to do (matching the poo to the animal was a firm favourite!). We spent around an hour and a half there and I was surprised how many exhibits there are. I could have spent longer there if on my own. We all enjoyed ourselves and i recommend it to all.
  • Very freindly and a good day out. Only thing is they need to update the interior its falling behind other than that a great day out!
  • A great little museum. Packed full of general history as well as a heap of info from the local area. Nice few hands on bits for the children as well. Plenty to keep your interest for a couple of hours. Plus it's free!
  • There isn't many places you can go with the family for free! Even the younger children who fly around looking at this and that still spend a good hour and half enjoying the exhibits.
  • Brilliant free place to go for children or adults. There are often special events or sessions during school holidays.