Ipswich Museums to re-open on 18 May

Published14th May 2021

Following a temporary closure due to coronavirus restrictions, Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion will re-open to visitors on Tuesday 18 May.  

The venues have been shut since December but will soon reopen with a range of safety measures in place. 

Visitors need to book a free ticket for a timed slot before they visit. In accordance with government guidelines, all visitors are required to wear a face covering. 

A one-way system with signage is in place to direct visitors and advise them to keep their distance. Hand sanitiser stations are available along the route.  

The shops are still offering gifts and souvenirs, but are only able to accept card and contactless payments. 

Both venues are open from 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sunday. 

Tickets will be available to book for Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion via the Colchester + Ipswich Museums website from 12pm on Friday 14 May. 

Councillor Carole Jones, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Museums, said: “It’s exciting to be able to open the doors again and staff are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the museums soon. Our museums are free for everyone and a perfect place to come and escape and explore.” 

The much-anticipated Power of Stories exhibition, which includes a display of sensational costumes from the hit film Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, will now open at Christchurch Mansion from 26 June to 24 October 2021.  

The outfits of T’Challa, Shuri and Okoye will sit alongside Marvel comics and historic museum objects and local stories.  

Visitors can also look forward to the reopening of Ipswich Art Gallery this summer. The Moon: Meet our nearest neighbour is a touring exhibition and features fascinating objects such as a large inflatable Moon, scientific instruments, and actual Moon rock on loan from Bespoke Scientific, giving visitors the chance to discover what the Moon is made of, how it has influenced our history, culture and natural world, and how we have explored it from ancient times to the present and future. The exhibition will open from 31 July - 10 October 2021. 

To hear the latest announcements about upcoming exhibition, sign up to the Ipswich Museums mailing list here: www.ipswich.gov.uk/content/keep-touch-ipswich-museums