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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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  • We had a very enjoyable day. Lots of interesting and unusual things beautifully displayed. Staff where on hand and very helpful. Great.  more »
  • when its raining outside and the grandkids are driving you nuts get them out spend a fascinating couple of hours in the museum lots of interactive things,they loved it and my nerves are restored also ...  more »
  • If you are in Ipswich for the day, the museum is worth seeing. great building, exhibits, shop and friendly staff.  more »
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  • A great stop for a family. Nice collection of animals, especially local birds. Good geology exhibition, very good and child friendly Egypt themed section. My children love it and frequently ask to come back.
  • Superb place to visit and gain knowledge about the history of Ipswich and Suffolk along with the connection it had and is having with the world. The animals look very real and that is highly appreciated. Highly appreciative of the management who are maintaining ​the museum and the artifacts very nicely. Happy to visit the place again.
  • An amazing little gem, must see they have an amazing array of all sorts from wholly mammoths to ancient Egyptian mummies and everything in between. Plan a good hour or more you'll not be disappointed and it's FREE! Even the little gift shop is very reasonably priced. I can't promote this museum enough. Me and my daughter loved it here.
  • This is a top rate museum with plenty for everybody to discover. Those complaining that the interior needs a bit of a refresh do not realise this is all part of the atmosphere. Ipswich Town Council can rightly be proud of this jewel in the crown and well done to all the staff ... past and present. My only disappointment was when I lived in Bristol many years ago, I could visit the zoo and have a ride on Rosie the elephant, but Wool.i.am the mammoth wasn't giving any rides on the day I visited - he is getting a bit old though.
  • Great museum. The Anglo Saxon display was very good as was the Roman