The following museums offer a range of options for schools and/or loan boxes for early years that have been tested and developed with teachers:

Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum | Dunwich Museum | Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury | Ipswich Museum & Christchurch Mansion | Ipswich Transport Museum | Leiston Long Shop Museum | Lowestoft & East Suffolk Maritime | Lowestoft Museum | Mildenhall Museum | Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds | Museum of East Anglian Life, StowmarketNational Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, Newmarket | West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village |

Suffolk’s museums provide wonderful spaces for all kinds of learning – for schools, for families, for interest groups or simply for individuals. The very act of visiting a museum can be an education in itself.


Learning at Ipswich Museum

Facilities can include an education room, professional learning officers and a full schools programme as well as smaller bespoke learning packages, depending on the size of the museum. Subjects include ancient history, art, local history and science as well as more generic subjects such as developing investigation skills – there’s something for most areas of the curriculum to ensure a truly memorable and engaging experience for pupils of all abilities and ages.

Early YearsLearning at National Horseracing Museum

Early Years resources have been developed in some museums with pre-schools, playgroups or registered child-minders to ensure their quality and relevance to under-5s.


Many larger museums offer a wide range of holiday activities for children and many others provide interactives and quiz sheets to engage younger visitors.

Where sufficient prior notice is given, most museums will strive to make special arrangements to accommodate a group visit. Please visit individual museum websites to find out more about the learning opportunities they offer.