Southwold Museum

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9-11 Victoria Street
IP18 6HZ

  • Phone: 01502 722 437

Southwold's unique cottage museum is dedicated to the local and natural history of this corner of Suffolk. Owned and managed by the Southwold Historical Society, this tiny building houses an astonishing collection of objects, paintings, photographs, models and wildlife exhibits. The whole span of history is here, from fossil remains through sea battles, the development of the town's architecture, its industries and artistic life, the rise and fall of its railway, its famous land-locked lighthouse, its ever-changing coastline... to the 20th century transformation of this busy fishing community into a prosperous seaside resort.

Further information

Opening Hours:

The Museum is open every year from Good Friday to 31st October, from 2pm - 4pm. Extended opening hours in August only: 10.30am - noon and 2pm - 4pm Closed 1 November-Good Friday


Admission free but donations are very welcome

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Study facilities
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Touch exhibits

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