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Southwold Museum

Southwold Museum

About Us

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 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.

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.

Admission Costs

Free but donations are encouraged

Opening Hours

Open 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm every day from Good Friday to end of October.  Additional opening hours in August 10.00 am - 12.00 noon


9-11 Victoria St
IP18 6HZ

Latitude: 52.32749952° 52' 41.1° N Longitude: 1.6778341 ° 26' 15.9° E


Other Information

External website: http://www.southwoldmuseum.org/index.htm


Access for the disabled is available and wheelchairs can manoeuvre around the museum.

How to Find Us

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.
If you are on foot - 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.

If you are in your car - 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.


Some Photos of Our Museum

Southwold Museum
Southwold Museum
Southwold Museum

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