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Ipswich Museum, Ipswich
(4.6/5 based on 160 reviews on the web)
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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  • Dont get put off if you don't like stuffed birds or animals, e g a full size giraffe, there are plenty of other things to see. Excellent local history, local geography, shiny coins and artifacts found...  more »
  • A very unique museum. Great exhibits on the history of the East Anglia region, diaramas and local history. The builing itself has an interesting architechture and is worth the visit. 
  • I loved this museum, it's slightly old-fashioned buu there are still lots of things to do and see. I specially liked the Sutton Hoo treasure and the huge giraffe! I took my nephew, who is six, and he ...  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.