What's here . . .

Our museum building itself has historic significance. Built in 1936/37 it was a former Ipswich Corporation Transport trolleybus depot. The Museum has been based here since 1989 and the building was extensively refurbished in 2001. The main hall contains our bigger exhibits and displays where you can see a fascinating collection of Ipswich's Transport and Engineering Heritage covering some 200 years.
Some of our exhibits are maintained in operational condition and are used on Special Event Open Days. Entry is allowed inside many of our static vehicles enabling you to sample the sights and sounds of the past.


Most of the museum is on one level with step free access from outside. We have an accessible WC to accommodate those with mobility problems.

Sunbeam Tea Room

Temporarily closed

Baby change

We have a baby change table in our accessible WC and disposal bins are provided in all our WCs

Restoration zone

Wander round our restoration zone and see what we’re restoring. Our volunteers may be working while you are visiting – if they are why not have a chat and see what they’re up to?

Model Railway

We have a large G scale model railway, and children off all ages can drive one of the trains on the layout.

Activity zone

For our younger visitors we have tables set aside with jigsaws to make, a wooden train set and pictures to colour in. You can also drive Dennis the bus and see Kenny the Conductor.

Gift Shop

Fancy a souvenir of your visit? Our well stocked Gift Shop has books, models and other items to suit all ages.

Take a peek Our Google Streetview allows you a sneak preview. We've changed the layout a bit since the tour was compiled but you'll get a good idea of what there is to see and how we display our treasured objects. This virtual tour has been provided by Carl Lamb of Ambient Light. We are very grateful to Carl for arranging this for us.

Click or tap on the panels below to see a list of some of our major exhibits.
  • 1880 Starbuck Horse Tram
  • 1904 Brush Tramcar
  • 1923 Railless Trolleybus
  • 1933 Ransomes Trolleybus
  • 1948 Karrier W Trolleybus
  • 1950 Sunbeam F4 Trolleybus
  • 1927 Ford Model T Bus
  • 1930 Chevrolet LQ Coach
  • 1938 Dennis Ace
  • 1949 Bristol K6B
  • 1949 Bedford OB Coach
  • 1950 AEC Regent III
  • 1964 AEC Regent V
  • 1964 Bristol MW Coach
  • 1971 AEC Swift
  • 1976 Leyland Atlantean AN68
  • 1914 Ransomes Electric Lorry No. 1
  • 1947 Ransomes MG Crawler
  • 1948 Smiths/NCB Electric Milk Float
  • 1950 Atkinson 8-wheel Lorry
  • 1951 Morrison Electric Coal Lorry
  • 1954 Ford E83W Pickup
  • 1954 Mercury Timber Tractor
  • 1962 Bristol HA6G Articulated Lorry
  • 1965 Scammel Scarab
  • 1965 Smiths Electric Vegetable Cart
  • 1967 Brush Pony Electric Van
  • 1970 Commer Maxiload TS3 Lorry
  • 1974 Karrier Bantam Lorry
  • 1974 Scania Super 110
  • 1732 Richard Newsham Manual Fire Pump
  • 1870 Merryweather Manual Fire Escape
  • 1870s Shand Mason Fire Escape
  • 1902 Canham Fire Hose Cart
  • 1938 Leyland Cub Fire Engine
  • 1939 Dennis New World Fire Engine
  • 1949 Land-Rover Fire Engine
  • 1954 Dennis F12 P/E Fire Engine
  • 1962 Bedford J
  • 1984 Ford Transit Ambulance
  • 2000 Vauxhall Omega Police Car
  • 2000 Renault Master Ambulance