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Dunwich Museum

Dunwich Museum

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Extended and refurbished in 1998 after a grant from the National Lottery the museum has won numerous awards including the coveted Gulbenkian Prize. The museum explores the history of Dunwich from Roman times to the present day. The ground floor boasts a beautiful model of the ancient town as it was in its heyday c.1200 AD.

Exhibits include Roman objects, medieval seals, a copy of the original borough charter, many pieces of masonry rescued from the bottom of the sea, a splendid renaissance Flemish treasure chest, a model of a medieval fishing boat, and an eight foot long bronze cannon taken from a wreck off the Dunwich coast

On the first floor there is a film and slide show, an art exhibition and panels explaining the diving and marine surveying techniques. There's the history of the village as an estate, local wildlife and finally animated smuggler who welcomes the visitor into his hut and tells his story of evading the excisemen of the 18th century.

Admission Costs

Admission is free but a donation of £1 per adult helps keep this small independent museum going.

There's a lovely gift shop with plenty to suit all tastes, and many many books and DVDs about the Dunwich Story

Opening Hours

March: Saturday and Sunday 2pm - 4.30 pm

April to September: Daily 11.30am - 4.30pm

October: Daily 12pm - 4.00pm


For school party visits or any special party tours, please contact the manager who will be pleased to make special arrangements. There is normally a small charge per person for these visits.


01728 648 796 or 07979 428 058


St James' Street
IP17 3DT

Tel: 01728 648796





Latitude: 52.27748752° 52' 41.1° N Longitude: 1.6304631 ° 26' 15.9° E


Other Information

There is always a special temporary exhibition running on the ground floor. At the moment it's all about Greyfriars Friary up the hill: when it was built and its story through the centuries, as well as information on the Franciscan Order of Friars.

Children are very welcome anytime, and often there are special handling collection days when children are encouraged to touch and explore some of the museum's collection. Children can also 'role-play' by using our own collection of hats and props.

We often organize special trips around the Friary, kindly led by 'Sister Luke' dressed as a 'Poor Clare' nun.

There is now a digging tray behind the museum to allow children to enjoy the archaeological experience. Look out on our website or Facebook page for announcements.



Step up and threshold at front, full disabled access via rear door and a lift to upstairs.


How to Find Us

Dunwich is a small village served by bus. Nearest Railway Station is Darsham. No parking in front of museum, but Free Car Park available at the beach. From the A12 at Yoxford, take the sign to Westleton and Dunwich. At Westleton (approx. 2.5 miles) proceed past the Crown Inn up the hill and take the righthand turn to Dunwich (approx. 2.5 miles). At Dunwich take the 'beach' road and proceed past the medieval friary arch down the hill and straight on to the beach car park.


Some Photos of Our Museum

The Model of Dunwich c.1200
The Dunwich Smuggler
The Great Treasure Chest


Posted:2015 4 10 00:03:16 GMT
The museum though small provided detailed information and models of Dunwich town and it's remarkable history. The staff member was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the area and walks. We will return and recommend others to come to Dunwich as well.
Brett London

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