Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum
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In the museum you will find a staggering collection of objects, ranging from full-size steam engines (the Richard Garrett & Sons engineering business made many hundreds of steam engines here) to touching mementoes of the lives of the working people of the town.

The Long Shop itself – at the heart of the museum – is a Grade II* listed engineering workshop, thought to be one of the earliest purpose-built production lines in existence (made long before Henry Ford had the same idea!), and it’s chock-full of fascinating exhibits.

We also tell of the history of the area, with displays about the nuclear power station at nearby Sizewell and Leiston’s airfield, home to the American 357th Fighter Group, 8th USAAF, during World War II.

It all adds up to a fascinating day out, with something for everyone, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Heritage site, Transport heritage site, Science centre, Agricultural site

Opening hours

31 March - 3 November(extended to incude Half Term holiday) Mondays to Saturdays 10am - 5pm and
Sundays 11am - 5pm

Admission charges

Adults £5
Senior Citizens £4.50
Children £2.50
Under 5's Free
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £12
Coach and tour parties always welcome.
Advance bookings advisable.
Group rate on application.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport

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.
Family drop in activities

Summer Holiday Family Activities

  • 22 July — 2 September 2015 *on now

Come and drop-in on our family events through the summer. On our Time Traveller Days step back and meet the Garrett family in the Victorian Age. Handle Victorian objects, have a go at plaster casting, and make your own Suffragette pin badge and peppermint creams!
On our Make it Work Days come and celebrate all things to do with engineering, inventing, and creativity. Make you own balloon car, find out how to make invisible ink, and have a go at walking on liquid!
All drop-in activities included in admission.
Also everyday throughout the summer holidays their are museum trails fortnightly. Can you find all the missing spanners? Or spot the museum secrets? Or how about discovering what is being smuggled on the Suffolk Coast? Come and Have a go!
Trails 50p each plus normal admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £6, adult with child £5, concessions £5, children (ages 4-15) £3.
Under 5s free. Discounts for groups. Free entry to museum shop. All ticket holders now entitled to admission for a full year.

Long Shop Museum
Main Street
IP16 4ES






01728 832189

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.