Ipswich Museum opened in 1881 – purpose built for the education of the working classes in the natural sciences.
Its founders were at the cutting edge of scientific debate and generations of benefactors donated outstanding collections of natural history, archaeology, geology and ethnography. George Ransome, a member of the Ransome engineering industry that helped to build Ipswich’s prosperity in the 1800s, conceived the idea of a museum in Ipswich.
Today, Ipswich Museum shares objects and stories from Africa, North America, the Pacific and local history from Ipswich and Suffolk. Visitors can meet animals from around the world in the Victorian Natural History Gallery, from gorillas to lions and even a giant woolly mammoth!
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