Summer in Suffolk Museums

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Looking for last minute holiday ideas? Suffolk museums have got you and your family covered!

Throughout the school summer holidays, museums across the county will offer a jam-packed line-up of exciting events, activities, workshops and trails for the whole family to enjoy together. From arts and crafts to archaeological digs, science workshops to giant craft fairs, amazing collections and discovery trails galore there’s something for everyone to enjoy in museums this summer.

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Don’t forget to check opening times before you go as they do vary at different museums.

Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Join us for a weekend of sci-fi Victoriana and futuristic fun for all the family! See engines in steam, storytelling and magic, steampunk market, NERF gun shoot out, and much more! All ages. Plus, don’t miss the museum’s Summer Family Trails! Explore the museum this summer with a trail available every day! Find out more about Britain’s first female doctor, then discover more about our marvellous machines! 50p per trail with normal admission. Ages 5-12. No need to book.Read More →
The Long Shop Museum
Jul 22 – Sep 3 all-day
12:00 am
Discover Orford’s and the surrounding villages’ exciting military past and amazing churches with three self-guided exploration trails! Free, All ages,  Print the trails at More →
Orford Museum
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – Sep 3 @ 4:00 pm
10:00 am
Find out more about the infamous 1980 Rendlesham Forest UFO incident and discover the museums very own little green men! Ages 4-16. No need to book.Read More →
Bentwaters Cold War Museum
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Fascinating facts and re-enactment in West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, for all the family. Meet members of Angelcynn, a small group of Anglo-Saxons, who will be living in the Village and will be sharing their knowledge and skills…and they will help you to find out more about navigation and travel using the stars and the sun! Ages 5+. No need to book.Read More →
West Stow Anglo Saxon Village
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – Sep 3 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
 Become maritime museum explorers with your handy map and compass to find the treasure! Ages 4-12. No need to book.Read More →
Lowestoft Maritime Museum
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – Sep 3 @ 4:00 pm
10:00 am
Trains, a warship and a crippled wartime bomber all feature in a quiz at Sudbury Heritage Centre. Ages 7+. No need to book.Read More →
Sudbury Heritage Centre
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – Sep 3 @ 12:30 pm
10:00 am
Explore the museum to find the pirates lurking in the display cases and discover the treasures they are guarding! Ages 8-12, No need to book. Read More →
Halesworth Museum
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm
10:00 am
Explore the museum and medieval market town of Saxmundham with family trails! Ages 4-7 & 8+. No need to book (full town trails available if booked in advance).Read More →
Saxmundham Museum
Jul 22 @ 10:30 am – Sep 3 @ 4:30 pm
10:30 am
Visit the museum for some seaside fun this summer and take part in two, free summer trails. SEA SHELL SEARCH! Give it some heave ho and explore the museum to find the secret shells before claiming the booty! Ages 4-7. No need to book. LANDLUBBERS TRAIL Ahoy, matey! Don’t let our quiz scupper you! Explore the museum to complete the trail and claim the booty! Ages 8+. No need to book.Read More →
The Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am
Join us over the summer holidays for a chance to ‘have a go grooming’ a pony. You will be able to brush and cuddle our friendly inhabitants and learn more about their welfare and nutrition. Included in the general admission price, and no need to book – just turn up and enjoy the day! All ages. No need to book. Dates       22-23 & 29-30 July,   12-13 & 19-20 August Times      11.00am – 4.00pm Plus, don’t miss our daily demonstrations from the RoR horses, family trails and Racehorse Simulator!Read More →
National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am
Moyse’s Hall Museum is going to be over-run by pirates this Summer holiday, so join us for this launch day event! Become a Pirate! You can’t mention treasure without pirates taking an interest!  Throughout the school holiday take a trip on board HMS Moyse’s. Meet costumed pirates, have a Blackbeard Selfie, join the crew! Take part in a range of pirate-themed activities, go on the museum trail and treasure hunt around town.  There will be a variety of pirate-themed activities including crafts for the over 5s, storytelling for under-5s and more; offering families the opportunity to explore the riches throughout the museum… See how manyRead More →
Moyse's Hall Museum
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – Sep 3 @ 5:00 pm
11:00 am
Explore the HMS Ganges museum and discover their collections of medals, uniforms, weapons and other Naval artefacts and memorabilia All ages. No need to book.Read More →
HMS Ganges Museum