Ipswich Museum was set up in the 1840s by a local industrialist with the aim of public improvement, scientific study and public debate. Moving to its current site in the 1880s, it was a hub of arts, science and learning. It was a leading museum of its time, quickly gaining a national reputation.
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. The museum also has an extensive and impressive Natural History collection.
Ipswich Museum is currently closed for a major redevelopment and will reopen in 2025. You can read more about the project here: https://www.ipswichmuseum.co.uk/
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