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Moyse’s Hall Museum

Steeped in history, Moyse’s Hall has looked out over Bury St Edmunds market place for almost 900 years.


Situated in a beautiful medieval building, Moyse’s Hall Museum houses eclectic collections and exhibitions, and hosts events ranging from themed craft workshops for all the family to historical talks and lectures.


The landmark 12th Century building’s rich and varied past has included serving as the towns Bridewell, workhouse and police station, first opening as a museum in 1899.


Today the museum offers a fascinating view into the past with collections that document the foundation of the early town – from the creation and dissolution of the abbey, to prison paraphernalia and artefacts providing intriguing insights into superstition and witchcraft.

Times past

Local and social history displays sit alongside artefacts of national and international importance.


Portrait of a lady

Paintings by Mary Beale – England’s first professional female painter.


Crimes and misdemeanours

Prison paraphernalia and remarkable collections relating to the notorious Red Barn Murder. Plus fascinating insights into superstitions and witchcraft.


Suffolk Regiment Gallery

From Ireland to India and from Afghanistan to the Normandy beaches … the battles, traditions and stories of the Suffolks (1685-1959). A taste of the regiment’s collections housed at Gibraltar Keep.


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Moyse's Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK



01284 706183