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Ipswich Museum, Ipswich

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4.5/5 based on 150+ 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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  • This Museum may be typical of a lot of our Towns, but it is very well run by helpful Staff who are interested in the Towns history. Artifacts and displays covering the Town and local area from beginni...  read more »
  • The museum is a short walk from the town centre and well worth a visit. Personally, I am not interested in the large collection of stuffed animals but the early settlers exhibits and war time displays...  read more »
  • Plenty to see in this free museum. Wild life to start off the visit ending in a chronicle of Ipswich.There is even an Egyptian section which we found interesting. All in all a good place for all ages ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Lots of local history as well as worldwide, very interesting to my 2 year old son who especially loves the rhino! Friendly, helpful staff who welcome us eagerly every visit.
  • Excellent museum,kids loved it and did not get bored at all,will definately be returning.
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