Situated in a beautiful medieval building, Moyse’s Hall Museum houses eclectic collections and exhibitions, and hosts events ranging from themed craft workshops for all the family to historical talks and lectures.
The landmark 12th Century building’s rich and varied past has included serving as the town's Bridewell, workhouse, and police station, first opening as a museum in 1899.
Today, the museum offers a fascinating view into the past with collections that document the foundation of the early town – from the creation and dissolution of the abbey, to prison paraphernalia and artefacts providing intriguing insights into superstition and witchcraft.
West Suffolk’s world class collection of horology including rare timepieces bequeathed by musician and clock collector Frederic Gershom Parkington; fine art by renowned local artists Mary Beale and Sybil Andrews; the Suffolk Regiment gallery; plus regularly changing exhibitions in the Great Hall.
Local and social history displays sit alongside artefacts of national and international importance.
Paintings by Mary Beale – England's first professional female painter.
Prison paraphernalia and remarkable collections relating to the notorious Red Barn Murder. Plus, fascinating insights into superstitions and witchcraft.
From Ireland to India and from Afghanistan to the Normandy beaches ... the battles, traditions and stories of the Suffolks (1685-1959). A taste of the regiment's collections housed at Gibraltar Keep.