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Suffolk Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Suffolk...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Suffolk Museums and Galleries

blank tabNATIONAL HORSERACING MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
99 High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8JH
Racing history from its Royal origins to Lester Piggott, Frankie Dettori and other modern heroes. Highlights include: the head of Persimmon, a great Royal Derby winner in 1896; a special display about Fred Archer, the late Victorian jockey who committed suicide, and the colourful jackets of 'Prince Monolulu', the 1950's tipster. Schools and groups welcome. Maths Trail for children (4-10). Find out about Newmarket's past and how horse racing has shaped the town. Open all year round except Christmas and New Year, the Gift Shop stocks an imaginative range of horse racing gifts, many are unique to the Museum. The Museum Caf serves morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas, and is available for special functions. The garden provides a delightful place to eat in during the summer.
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Lavenham: The Guildhall of Corpus Christi

Market Place, Lavenham, Sudbury, CO10 9QZ
Tel: 01787 247646    E-mail: lavenhamguildhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Lavenham Guildhall Suffolk Photo © Charles Rawding
Lavenham Guildhall,
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Tudor building in the heart of a remarkably preserved small medieval town.

This early 16th-century timber-framed building overlooks and dominates the town's market place.

Inside are exhibitions on timber-framed buildings, local history, farming and industry, as well as the story of the medieval woollen cloth trade.

There is an attractive walled garden with dye plants, and 19th-century lock-up and mortuary.

Discount National Trust Membership

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Sutton Hoo

Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ
Tel: 01394 389700    Fax: 01394 389702
E-mail: suttonhoo@nationaltrust.org.uk

Sutton Hoo mask Suffolk Photo © Keith Evans
Sutton Hoo mask Suffolk -
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Anglo-Saxon royal burial site.

Sutton Hoo is the site of one of the most important archaeological finds in this country's history.

On a spur of land rising above the River Deben, one of several large mounds was excavated in 1939, revealing the now famous treasures, including a warrior's helmet, shield and gold ornaments in the remains of a burial chamber of a 90ft ship.

The exhibition hall houses a full-size reconstruction of the chamber and tells the story of the site described as page one of English history.

The burial mounds (500yds from visitor facilities) form part of the 99ha (245 acre) estate given to the National Trust by the Annie Tranmer Charitable Trust in 1998.

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East Anglia Transport Museum

Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 8BL
Tel: 01502 518459    Fax: 01502 584658

View and  ride on all three principal forms of public transport from the earlier part of the 20th century.

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East England Military Museum

Barnham, Thetford, Suffolk, IP24 2SY
Info: 01842 890600     Admin: 01842 890633
: information@militarymuseumweb.org.uk

East of England Tank Museum specialise in restoring, preserving and exhibiting historic military vehicles from all over the world.

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Gainsborough's House

46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU
Tel: 01787 372958     Fax: 01787 376991
E-mail: mail@gainsborough.org

The birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough, with the largest display of the artists work as well as contemporary art.

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Halesworth Gallery

Steeple End, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8LL
Tel: 01986 873 064      E-mail: email@halesworthgallery.co.uk

Open Weekdays and Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sundays from 2-5pm with free admission, Halesworth Gallery exhibits contemporary paintings, mixed media, ceramics and sculptures by local artists.

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Museum of East Anglian Life

Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL
Tel: 01449 612229    Fax: 01449 672307
E-mail: enquiries@eastanglianlife.org.uk

The history and natural world of East Anglia.  Woodland and riverside nature trails.  East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture.  Suffolk Punch Horses and rare breads of cattle and sheep.  15  restored historic buildings and museum bistro.

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West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village

The Visitor Centre, Icklingham Road, West Stow, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6HG
Tel: 01284 728718    Fax: 01284 728277
E-mail: weststow@stedsbc.gov.uk

A reconstruction of the actual Anglo-Saxon Village (c.420-650AD) on the site where the remains of the original village were found. The Country Park is a 52 hectare site complete with car park, play area, visitor centre, shop and cafe.

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