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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. The entire service was merged with that of Colchester (Essex) on 1 April 2007 under management from Colchester.HistoryThe early Museum, 1846-1853The museum was founded in 1846 and opened in December 1847 in Museum Street, Ipswich then newly laid-out, with the specific remit to educate the working classes in natural history. From 1847 to 1853 it was run by a committee on behalf of subscribers, with open evenings for the public. The first President was the entomologist William Kirby (1759-1850), an original Fellow of the Linnean Society, and its founding Patron was Bishop Stanley of Norwich, who presided at the opening. The first Curator was Dr. William Barnard Clark: following his resignation in 1850 he was replaced by Mr David Wooster.
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  • Went there to while away a couple of hours and was really impressed. Great little muse au and well worth a trip. Bit creeped out by all the stuffed animals. Great displays of WW2 and the Anglo saxons....  more »
  • The Museum is small and you may be tempted to think that you won't find anything, especially if he visited the Natural History Museum in London. LEDO mistake. The Mastodon in the entry already foreshadows a visit different. The part of coins that differed from the Romans, because here there were to return, but for status. Is quite interesting. The section of stuffed animals, particularly birds. The typical costumes of diverse environments on the planet. The bathroom is very good. Recommend a visit.
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  • great afternoon out, staff were great and its really interactive. kids very welcome. the Victorian natural history taxidermy is amazing. highly recommend it and its free well worth donating a fiver. c...  more »
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  • Brilliant museum and shockingly a lot bigger then i expected! Really great and varied exhibitions with the highlight of my visit being the history of Ipswich though the ages. Would defiantly visit again. Looks to be an amazing day out for children as well with plenty to see and do for all ages, I was shocked to see they even had real Egyptian sarcophagus and mummies! What a brilliant place, please go and support it!
  • Kids and I enjoy the museum every visit we make. We love the Egyptian mummy in the floor and the hieroglyphics are fun to try. Also looking at all the animals in and out of the display cabinets. Great few free hours out.
  • This is an amazing place to visit. The staff are always polite, friendly and extremely helpful. There is something for all ages. There was an animal activity available. Which the two teens in our group went to. Which they enjoyed. I would recommend the museum to everyone.
  • A pleasant return after many years and I can safely say not a lot has changed. With that said, for Ipswich it's a great time filling attraction that with cost you nothing unless you feel like donating. It hosts a heavy selection of preserved animals, Egyptian culture and WW1 history areas. Well worth a visit, but could use an update.
  • Bloody brilliant! My children and I were blown away by this place. I feel proud that at least some of my taxes are going towards the upkeep of this museum. I would thoroughly recommend everyone goes here.
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