Moyse's Hall Museum

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Collections of local and social history alongside horology fine art and costumes housed in a rare example of 12th century Norman domestic architecture: Includes objects associated with the notorious Red Barn Murder. Also houses the Suffolk Regiment Gallery. Exhibitions based on the extensive collections throughout the year.

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Opening hours

Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. 10.00-17.00 (Last entry 16.00) Sun 12.00-16.00(Last entry 15.00)

Closed: Good Friday. Easter Sunday. Christmas Day. Boxing Day. New Years Day. Please telephone for details concerning other days over the Christmas period

Admission charges

Heritage Ticket: Allows multiple free return entries and entry to sister site West Stow Anglo - Saxon village for one year.
Day Tickets available


  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

Additional info

Lectures and workshops and themed weekend events run throughout the year.

Fine art, horology and costume alongside history of the Abbey of St Edmund, local and social history of the town. Other displays / collections include Witchcraft, death, coins, tokens, bicycles, Red Barn Murder.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Religion, Personalities, Music, Literature, Law and Order, Land Transport, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals

Key artists and exhibits

  • Red Barn murder,
  • Bury St. Edmunds,
  • medieval,
  • West Suffolk,
  • William Corder,
  • Maria Marten,
  • local history,
  • tokens,
  • numismatic,
  • Roman Britain,
  • St. Edmund,
  • monastery,
  • witchcraft,
  • bicycles,
  • Brother Jocelyn,
  • Jocelyn of Brakelond,
  • Abbot Samson,
  • Ouida,
  • Robert Bloomfield,
  • Suffolk Regiment,
  • 12th Foot,
  • Minden
  • Battle of Minden
  • Mary Beale
  • Cullum
  • Gershom Parkington
  • Abbey of St Edmunds
  • Trade
  • Costumes
  • Irene Barnes
  • Flapper
  • Victorian costume
  • timepieces
  • sundials
  • dials
  • longcase clocks
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.

"Brandy For the Parson..."

  • 13 October 2015 6:30-9pm *on now

Moyse’s Hall presents an illustrated talk on the realities of smuggling, rather than the romantic myth of Kipling’s 1906 poem.
The 'free traders' played a bold and often deadly game with the law, and this talk explores how they were involved in the hugely profitable, highly illegal business of smuggling, which started far earlier than most people realise. There was also a wider range of commodities involved than is commonly believed, as duty and taxes were increased to pay for costly wars.

- Light refreshments are included.
- This event is suitable for adults aged 16+

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Tickets: £10. Booking essential


M R James

M.R. James Ghost Stories

  • 13 December 2015 2-4:30pm
  • 15 December 2015 6:30-9pm

Join us at Moyse's Hall for the opportunity to hear two more of M.R. James’ classic Ghost stories as he presented them - by candlelight at Christmas time to his friends and colleagues:
"The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance"
"An Evening’s Entertainment".
- Your ticket includes traditional refreshment of mince pies and Port (a soft drink alternative is available)
- This event is suitable for everyone aged 16+

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Tickets: £10. Booking essential


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Museum and Archaeology Club (MAC)

The Museum and Archaeology Club has been set up to look at ways to encourage young people to find out more about the Heritage Service and how it manages the collection it cares for.
Aims : To provide a club for young people aged 8-15 to explore, predominantly, topics relating to the collections held at Moyse’s Hall and West Stow; to enable an understanding of how a museum works and see behind the scenes

How to obtain

Please contact either of the heritage site, Moyse's Hall Museum or West Stow Anglo-Saxon village

Moyse's Hall Museum
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1DX




01284 757160


01284 765373

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