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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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  • Nice building with a lot in it for a local museum. You can get round it in less than two hours. I liked the stuffed animals and models bit like a dead zoo. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • 40 years ago we dragged our Mum into museum on every trip into town. About 3 times a week as we lived locally. The purpose was to stroke the Rhino. ( you were allowed to touch in those days) Happily s...  more »
  • Visited with my husband and easily spent a few hours here. Really interesting and very well presented. Would recommend a visit if you wanted to learn more about Ipswich the town and the area of Suffol...  more »
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  • My dad use to take me when I was a little kid, & I loved it, good memories of this place. Since going when I was a lad, it’s improved hell of a lot. It’s well worth going especially for kids they will love it .πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • The Ipswich Museum has the look of a 19th century museum, and while it has been modernized, it retains classic grandeur. Very enjoyable, very large, and a very friendly staff. I hope to return soon! (Also worth mentioning, this massive museum is entirely free!)
  • Great victorian museum which retains much of its charm and brilliant timeline upstairs detailing the town's history. Could do with a grant to freshen up some displays and bring in a bit more modern technology such as interactive screens - however hope they keep the main downstairs hall in its victorian appearance.
  • Very eclectic collection including a Victorian collection of stuffed birds and animals but lots of other stuff besides. Well worth an hour or two; something to interest everyone.
  • Love this place you can learn alot from here there's a gift shop too

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