Stowmarket

Museum of East Anglian Life


With 17 historic buildings set in 75 acres of beautiful countryside, the Museum of East Anglian Life is the largest independent museum in Suffolk. The museum is an educational charity supporting the community. We care for over 40,000 objects – once the everyday items of East Anglian life. Our collection has a particular focus on the production of food and social history relating to it, reflective of the region’s strong agricultural character.

Find us at...

  • Museum of East Anglian Life
  • Iliffe Way
  • Stowmarket
  • Suffolk
  • IP14 1DL

Our family-friendly offer

With 17 historic buildings set in 75 acres of beautiful countryside, the Museum of East Anglian Life is the largest independent museum in Suffolk. Throughout our buildings are areas for families to play and learn together, you can grab some water colour paints from an activity trolley to capture the Suffolk landscape or take a magnifying glass, torch and monocular to explore all the corners of the museum. During the school holidays we run workshops and have a different themed trail every holiday, in the past these have included comic books, the Little Red Hen and the Hungry Caterpillar. In 2019 we open our Heritage Farm where visitors can meet local animal breeds, walk through a brand new orchard with traditional varieties and find out about where our food comes from.


Accessibility

The museum is open March-October. As the museum site is an ex-farm some areas may get a little muddy, there are hard pathways to access the majority of the site some of these are uneven, such as Crowe Lane, which is a medieval road, and our animals are currently accessed across grass. New pathways in this area will be in place in 2019. The majority of our buildings are accessible except those whose historical nature means we are unable to make them so. We have an electric golf buggy available which is driven by our Museum Assistants.

There is an admission charge, all full list can be found here: http://eastanglianlife.org.uk/visit-us/opening-times-admission/


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