Southwold's unique cottage museum is dedicated to the local and natural history of this corner of Suffolk. Owned and managed by the Southwold Museum & Historical Society, this tiny building houses an astonishing collection of objects, paintings, photographs, models and wildlife exhibits.
The whole span of history is to be found at the Museum, 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.
In 2008, the museum reopened after a major rebuilding and redesign programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with generous support from the Southwold Trust and the Adnams Charity. The Southwold Museum has now been brought impressively into the 21st Century with interactive displays, equal-access facilities, automated climate-control and much enhanced display space. Yet at the same time it retains the intimacy and charm that have made it such a well loved local institution for more than seventy years.
The museum's collecting policy covers Southwold and its surrounding area, including the villages of Reydon, Wrentham, Wangford, Easton Bavents, Covehithe, Frostenden, Blythburgh, Walberswick, Wenhaston, Henham, Uggeshall and South Cove.
Donations are welcomed.
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9-11 Victoria Street, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6HZ
Map reference: TM 507762 Lat: 52.32656 Long: 1.67778
The museum is in Victoria Street, a few metres' walk from the High Street and opposite Bartholomew Green, facing the main entrance to the Church.
Walk up the High Street, away from the Market Place, passing the Crown Hotel on your right. Turn right into Victoria Street at the Southwold Town Sign just after you pass Trinity's Teashop. The Museum is on your right.
From the A12, enter Southwold on the A1095. There are car parks at the Pier and at the junction of Godyll Road and Gardner Road. The museum is a ten minute walk from either of these.
Parking : with charge
Nearest station : 6 miles (9.7 kms) from Darsham station