Museum of East Anglian Life

Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket: Hours, Address, Museum of East Anglian Life Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of East Anglian Life

Museum of East Anglian Life
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75 acre site—explore nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails. Learn about fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture, get steamed up with our powerful engines and meet our friendly animals including rare breeds of cattle and sheep. Discover 15 splendidly restored historic buildings, including the newly restored Abbot's Hall and try some delicious food and local produce in the new museum cafe.
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2-3 hours
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Susan M
Millom, UK99 contributions
Plenty of space to wander, but needs a bit more for interest.
Oct 2021 • Couples
You'd expect it to be the type of place that you would want to spend a whole day wandering around and picnicking. It has the space and picnic areas, however, it lacks information boards/sign posts so that you know where you can go/and what it is/was that you may be looking at. It needs some more buildings/farm animals to fill some gaps. But anyone who's interested in old farm machinery would probably enjoy it.
Written October 1, 2021
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Craig B
Mendlesham, UK1 contribution
A wonderful day out - something for everyone
Aug 2021
A great mix of history, nostalgia, animals, beautiful grounds and plenty of seating. The museum is both understated and underrated. Its entrance disguising the true treasure that lies behind. 75 acres of picturesque grounds that run down to the River Rat. The presentation of the buildings is very authentic and the exhibits that can be found within are real gems. Building after building proved a real surprise. It would have been only too easy to miss something by wandering past yet another bygone.
To have such a collection of local artefacts on our doorstep is great. I only wish we’d discovered them years ago. We will now be regular visitors as the grounds offer a lovely walk even without the diversion into the buildings.
As someone whose family have grown up in Suffolk with links to both agriculture and their local industries it was a real eye opener to step back in time to see how great great grandparents would have lived and worked.
What a lovely day!
Written August 16, 2021
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Julian A
Ipswich, United Kingdom4 contributions
Dissapointed
Jul 2021
Took the grandchildren, frankly the signage both outside from the car park and inside is to say the least lacking. The reception staff did not really seem to know what they were doing especially with issuing a bronze pass. Once inside many of the exhibits are lacking in a description. And then we did the 11:30 experience, frankly expecting kids to learn from picking up stones in a field and expecting parents and grandparents to join in was beyond me. And then the guide came out with the statement that “nowadays parents don’t pay for kids education, “ when there was obviously a group whose kids were privately educated. Talk about tactless, perhaps only saved by the fact that there were so many lawn mowers going around within 30 metres of us , that they may not have heard.
And then in the Abbott’s house a room was closed off because 3 guys were having a meeting.
Only word to sum it up is “ amateurish”
Written July 29, 2021
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Richard M
5 contributions
A great place for all ages to enjoy
Jul 2021
An excellent place for a day out. A great setting with lots of interest. We often just take the dog for a walk around the grounds and get some lunch.
Written July 19, 2021
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Geoff Corker
6 contributions
Excellent museum.
Jun 2021
Don't be fooled by the entrance opposite a supermarket. It opens out into 75 acres. Many historic buildings from around the region have been lovingly reconstructed. Lots of useful information points also around the site. Was expecting to take around one hour.....actually took three! Well worth a visit - in fact it was the highlight of my stay in Suffolk.
Written June 21, 2021
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Derek W
128 contributions
Well organised and very friendly staff.
Oct 2020
Enjoyed our visit on 22nd October, young man on reception really happy polite and explained what we needed to do. Good social distancing. All the staff were really friendly, all spoke as we walked round.
Not many visitors there.
Exhibits were well spaced, clean buildings and plenty of variation. The museum part with the old furniture and exhibitions is also interesting probably for most age groups.
The cafe was fine, food reasonably price about normal cafe prices.
Plenty of outside space, farm animals to look at plus the various buildings.
Very worth while to go to.
Written October 25, 2020
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Fearless314862
14 contributions
A visit for all seasons
Oct 2020 • Couples
Wonderful - worth visiting whatever the weather. Visited on a rainy day on 4th October and had the place to myself. Plenty of interesting indoor exhibitions and structures to explore - lovely walks along the paths winding around the site - lovely bird and animal section - excellent food in the cafe. Really enjoyable and with a sturdy umbrella and shoes , all of the site was accessible.
Written October 6, 2020
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SussexBloke
Bognor Regis, UK469 contributions
Interesting and worth a longer look.
Sep 2020
Sounds a bit dry and dusty doesn’t it? Not at all. Having said that, you do need to have more than a passing interest in rural life of the past years so that what you are looking at means something to you. The museum is spread over a large area that makes it easy and enjoyable to move between the buildings and their exhibits. I found Abbot’s Hall particularly interesting with its range of themes in the rooms. The inevitable café is worth a visit - try the ham, eggs and chips! Maybe it’s me, but I enjoyed the transition - via the Asda car park, with its brittle, modern consumerism – to this haven: the antithesis of Asda. The juxtaposition can’t be deliberate but it is apt. The people who built and used the machinery in the museum were driven by a desire for improvement. Looking at Asda, I’d say – be careful what you wish for.
Written October 1, 2020
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mintalkin
Burton upon Trent40 contributions
Impressive Collection
Sep 2020
Visited the museum recently on a very hot day and due to COVID had to wear masks in the exhibits which made us hotter. Thankfully plenty of seats to sit down as the museum is quite spread out. Lots of interesting things to see and brought back some memories for my husband (a farmers boy).
Written September 22, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review your experience and for complying with the current COVID restrictions. We hope we can welcome you back in the future for a more comfortable experience.
Written October 6, 2020
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Brenda H
Great Yarmouth, UK204 contributions
very interesting
Sep 2020
Most interesting, plenty to see and do, it was such a hot day that we only saw part of the site, but hope to come back in the spring
Written September 17, 2020
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Glad you had an interesting day out, we look forward to seeing you again next year :)
Written October 6, 2020
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