Ipswich Museum

Family looking at a bear on display in the Victorian gallery at Ipswich Museum
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Please check our website for Christmas opening dates.

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Disabled access, baby changing facilities and gift shop.

Includes Natural history, geology, archaeology, local history and ethnography galleries

Collection details

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
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Drawing in Museums

  • 10 October 2015 From 10am
  • 17 October 2015 From 10am
  • 24 October 2015 From 10am
  • 31 October 2015 From 10am

What time is it? There are two sessions: 10am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pmI can’t draw! Should I come? Yes! Absolutely no experience is required. The Tidal Margins artists you will work with are brilliant at encouraging you to have a go and find your own style.Do I have to book? No, just turn up on the day, either between 10am to 12:30pm or 1:30pm to 3:30pm.Who are Tidal Margins artists? A collective of artists writers and photographers who have been working to paint, draw, photograph, print, collect, sculpt and write the Suffolk Coastline from Covehithe to Felixstowe.What is the Big Draw? The Big Draw is the world's biggest drawing festival with thousands of drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators - and each other. The Big Draw is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can't! In 2014 almost half a million took part in twenty-six countries.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Prehistory Day

  • 17 October 2015 From 10am

Ever wondered how to catch a woolly mammoth or how Stonehenge was built? Join our Stone Age workshops and discover how prehistoric man made tools, hunted and lived thousands of years ago.In addition to these fantastic workshops, The Imagination Museum will be leading contemporary dance tours around the Museum. You'll meet Mildred, Henry and Harriet, three eccentric tour-guides, who bring to the Museum to life with words and movement.Visitors will also be able to handle real prehistoric axes, blades and arrowheads and get crafty with prehistoric activities.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Ipswich Museum
High Street




General enquiries



Museum Switchboard

01473 433550


fax number

01473 433558

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