Ipswich Museum and Gallery

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What can you see?

Ipswich Museum and Gallery houses several galleries including the exotic foreign animals, a vast collection of British birds and fossils. The Art School holds a programme of changing exhibitions and events for all to enjoy.  

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Victorian Natural History Gallery

Victorian Natural History Gallery


Victorian cabinets lined with exotic foreign animals, watched over by hunting trophies and the only complete mounted specimen of a rare sub-species of giraffe.

Alongside are the first gorillas ever seen in Britain, an Indian rhinoceros and a large diorama of African animals built in 1906.

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Ogilvie British Bird Gallery

The Ogilvie British Bird Gallery


Our vast collection of British birds on display is considered to be one of the most important and complete in the country.

Fergus Menteith Ogilvie (1861-1918) was a “sportsman-naturalist” with a great enthusiasm for the study of birds and orchids which he carried out with thoroughness and scientific insight. 

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Suffolk Wildlife Gallery

Suffolk Wildlife Gallery


Come and see our life-sized model of a woolly mammoth who will guide you through what happened after the Ice Age.

What animals lived here? When did humans and our British animals come to live here? Are they British species or invaders?

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Suffolk Geology Gallery

Suffolk Geology Gallery


The geology of Suffolk from 70 million years until 10,000 years ago is displayed in the geology gallery.

Chalk fossils sit alongside East Anglia’s famous crag deposits, phosphatic nodules, glacial erratics and boxstones.

Come and see the teeth of the extinct giant shark Megalodon from the Eocene period.

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British Mammal Gallery


British Mammal Gallery



This gallery hosts a display of beautifully set Victorian dioramas of British mammals in their natural habitats.

Also find out about the distribution of mammals throughout Suffolk.

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Extensive collections available for study, research and inspiration including extensive and fascinating zoology, egg, insect, mollusc, botany and geology collections.

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We bring art and history to life in a fun way with our events programme.

A programme of events for both families and adults runs throughout the year including art and craft workshops, tours, talks, quizzes and much more.

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Covering thousands of years of history, a visit to one of our museums or art galleries will take you on a fascinating journey through time.

There are many ways to be more actively involved with the museum service.

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