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.
Saxon Summer

Saxon Summer

  • 30 August 2016 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm, 2:30-3:30pm

Starting during the Festival of Archaeology and continuing throughout the summer enjoy Anglo-Saxon themed workshops every Tuesday at 10.30-11.30am, 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm, booking required.

Tuesday 26 July
Using our Anglo-Saxon treasures for inspiration, create your own medal or brooch –personalise your creation with beads, jewels and buttons.

Tuesday 2 August
No Anglo-Saxon warrior was complete without their own armour. So join us to create your own cardboard armour or helmet.

Tuesday 9 August
Short on pocket money? Join us to design and make your own money in this workshop with the chance to handle some real Anglo-Saxon coins.

Tuesday 16 August
Discover traditional Anglo-Saxon medicines in this multi-sensory workshop and discover cures to all manner of ailments.

Tuesday 23 August:
Practice your warping and wefting as you weave your own miniature creation just as the Anglo-Saxons did.

Tuesday 30 August
Be inspired by Anglo-Saxon symbols and rituals in this willow weaving workshop.

Suitable for

  • 7-10


£3 per child

Ipswich Museum
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General enquiries



Museum Switchboard

01473 433550


fax number

01473 433558

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