This fascinating and unique museum gives you the opportunity to meet the famous woolly mammoth, the elegant towering giraffe and other wonderful curiosities from the natural world.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Please check our website for Christmas opening dates.
Disabled access, baby changing facilities and gift shop.
Includes Natural history, geology, archaeology, local history and ethnography galleries
Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Industry, Land Transport, Music, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- Ogilvie Bird collection; anglo-saxon archaeology; roman archaeology; Victorian taxidermy; Rowland Ward taxidermy; Sikh heritage; Maharajah Duleep Singh; African heritage; geology; red crag fossils; coralline crag fossils; Norwich crag fossils; coprolite; Egyptian archaeology; Giraffe; Rhinoceros; Gorillas; Du Chaillu; Ice Age fossils; Woolly Mammoth
Conserving cultures in the 21st Century
- 23 June 2018 10:30am-4pm
Join Ipswich Museum's conservator, Robert Entwistle, has he explores the process and methods used to maintain and care for our north American first nations collection.
Ipswich has a fine, but small, collection of Nortwest Coast tribal collections.
Two masks will feature in the BBC Civilisations AR App:
Dance mask, British Columbia (IPSMG: R.1948-214.9) - the mask of Noohlmahl, a fool dancer, from the Kwakwaka’wakw indigenous peoples. It is believed this mask was made by the Kwakiutl tribe. The mask would have been used in their Winder Dance ceremonies. The Noohlmahl’s role in the ceremonies was to help police and protect them by ensuring traditional and protocol was followed. Any transgressions would result in the Noohlmahl dance or act wildly in protest to and improper conduct.
Portrait Mask, Queen Charlotte Islands (IPSMG: R.1992-90.674) - This mask is a portrait of a woman from the Haida people. She is depicted with a plug in her lower lip. Lip-plugs were worn exclusively by women of the indigenous people of the North West Pacific coast of America and Canada and were a mark of status.
'Conserving cultures in the 21st Century' made possible with Art Fund support.
3D scanning and the objects that didn’t make it
- 14 July 2018 2:30-4pm
Join our Collections and Learning Team as we show you the objects that were selected, but didn’t make it onto the BBC Civilisations app and the reasons for their exclusion.
Riji, human hair belt with carved mother of pearl shells (IPSMG: R.1928-205.1)
Carved mother of pearl pendant (IPSMG: R.1928-205.2)
Dance mask, British Columbia (IPSMG: R.1948-214.8)
Mrs Kilderbee, née Mary Wayth (1723–1811), Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), (IPSMG: R. 1959-130)
'3D scanning and the objects that didn’t make it' made possible with Art Fund support.