The Ipswich Transport Museum collection started over 40 years ago with just one bus. Now it houses more than 100 vehicles and large engineering items designed, built or used in the local area. You can see buses and bicycles, prams and a police car, lawnmowers and lorries, fire engines, funeral hearses and fork lift trucks. There is access inside certain vehicles so you can compare them to modern ones. Exhibition rooms feature themed displays on air, rail and waterborne transport.
Ipswich Trolleybus 2 –the oldest on display in the world and tram 33 built in 1904 and beautifully restored by our volunteers after being used as a shed for many years.
Young children can "drive" Dennis the (play) Bus.
Sundays and Bank Holidays from 24 March to 1 December 1100 to 1600
Wednesdays 5 June to 25 September 1300 to 1600
Mondays to Fridays during local school holidays 1300 to 1600
Saturdays 29 June, 19 October and 7 December special events (see web site)
Schools and groups welcome by special arrangement
Different prices may apply on special event days. Please check our website: www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co,uk
Shop: Browse in our shop for books (including our own publications), models, toys, novelties and museum souvenirs
Toilets: Full facilities including one fully accessible.
Café: Enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, soft drink and cold snacks in the Sunbeam Tea Room.
Museum fully accessible except for small step to tea room which can be overcome.
Parking: In front of the museum except on some special event days when P&R facilities are provided.
We set out to be child friendly and children of all ages are usually able to board all of our buses and explore the interiors.
We have established programmes for schools at Key Stages 1 and 2.
For KS1 there is a half-day visit, which includes guides explaining the history of bikes, development of public transport and fire fighting. You can expand this to include other activities such as drawing if you wish.
Our KS2 offering is Michael’s Mystery, where children are challenged to solve a crime committed in Ipswich in 1950! After hearing the story and discussing a box of items in the classroom, children can spend a day in the museum looking for clues and trying to work out who the guilty party is - encouraging information processing, reasoning, enquiry, creative thinking and evaluation, speaking, listening, responding and group interaction.
There is more information on our web site.
We welcome other group visits and can work with you to provide a programme that meets your needs.
We have a considerable archive of documents and photographs relating to local history available by appointment for research.