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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Heraldry and Waterloo and Ickworth

  • 11 September 2015 11am-5pm
  • 12 September 2015 10am-5pm

learn about the heraldry of the British, French and Prussian military personnel who participated in the Battle of Waterloo.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.

A Walk Through the History of Moyse's Hall

  • 11 September 2015 11am-12:30pm, 2-3:30pm

As part of the Heritage Open Days 2015, enjoy a free guided tour of Moyse's Hall Museum.
The tour will take place inside and outside of the building to examine the architecture and discuss the various uses it has been put to over the nearly nine centuries which it has stood.

Hear about some of the riots, revolts, massacres and murders which the building has witnessed.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Moyse's Hall Museum

  • 11 — 12 September 2015

Moyse’s Hall dates from 1140 and is one of only 44 Norman Houses which survive in the country. Having had numerous uses, it first became a museum in 1899 and holds a wide range of fascinating artefacts reflecting the often turbulent events in the history of Bury St Edmunds

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Heraldry at Waterloo and Ickworth

  • 11 — 12 September 2015

Learn about the heraldry of British, French,and Prussian military personnel who participated in the Battle of Waterloo on the 18th June 1815. See the various coats of arms of members of the Earl of Bristol's family at Ickworth over the past 300 years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Sarah Gillespie in concert singing and playing acoustic guitar


  • 17 September 2015 7-10:30pm

British singer songwriter and guitarist Sarah Gillespie will perform a one-off live acoustic concert. The concert, a first for the Bury St Edmunds museum, will kick off a series of intimate live performances to take place in The Undercroft.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£15.00 standing £18 seated



"Brandy For the Parson..."

  • 13 October 2015 6:30-9pm

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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