Southwold Museum

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Southwold's unique cottage museum is dedicated to the local and natural history of this corner of Suffolk. Owned and managed by the Southwold Historical Society, this tiny building houses an astonishing collection of objects, paintings, photographs, models and wildlife exhibits.

The whole span of history is here, from fossil remains through sea battles, the development of the town's architecture, its industries and artistic life, the rise and fall of its railway, its famous land-locked lighthouse, its ever-changing coastline... to the 20th century transformation of this busy fishing community into a prosperous seaside resort.

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Opening hours

The Museum is open every year from Good Friday to 31st October, from 2pm - 4pm.

Extended opening hours in August only:
10.30am - noon and 2pm - 4pm

Closed 1 November-Good Friday

Admission charges

Admission free but donations are very welcome

There are new exhibitions each year and the displays are constantly updated to show new acquisitions and items of special interest. There's a quiz for children and booklets for sale on subjects of special local interest.

Natural history is not forgotten. Look out for the seasonally changing displays of local wild flowers and our exhibits featuring local birds, mammals, butterflies and shellfish.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Social History, Weapons and War

Southwold Museum
9-11 Victoria Street
IP18 6HZ




01502 722 437

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