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Museum of East Anglian Life

Museum of East Anglian Life

The Museum of East Anglian Life is an open air museum set in over 70 acres of countryside in Stowmarket, Suffolk. Visitors can explore 18 historic buildings full of objects and stories about life in East Anglia from steam traction engines and tractors to 1950s toasters and lawnmowers. Highlights include Abbot's Hall, a Queen Anne manor house with a walled garden, a village blacksmith's built in the 18th century and Alton Watermill, moved to the museum in the 1970s to save it from the creation of a new reservoir. The museum also has a selection of farm animals and a nature trail which winds its way along the River Rattesden, through wet meadows and through a copse of ancient woodland. The Museum can cater for school groups of any size and we have a variety of workshops, trails and explorer boxes to help you make the most of your visit, we can also provide tailored workshops.


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  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

Free lunch space for school groups, electric golf buggies driven by Museum staff for visitors with mobility needs, Museum led workshops, self led workshops, trails, explorer boxes, gift shop, cafe, online resources.


£3.75 per pupil, accompanying adults free. Please see website for workshop prices.

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes

Museum led workshops, trails, explorer boxes and free online resources for use in the classroom.


Other Accreditations

Arts Council England Accredited Museum, Social Enterprise Mark, Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

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