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Quality Of Place Awards

Quality of Place awards

Aldeburgh Museum has been awarded Highly Commended in the Conservation category for its sensitive internal refurbishment and conservation of the iconic Moot Hall building.

Aldeburgh Museum is located in the Grade 1 Listed, 16th Century timber-framed Moot Hall, owned by Aldeburgh Town Council, where it tells of Aldeburgh’s rich history.  Supported with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum trustees in partnership with Aldeburgh Town Council, embarked on the refurbishment of the museum and Moot Hall.  Work started as soon as the museum closed its doors to the public in November 2018 and was completed in under 12 months, when the museum reopened its doors in September 2019.

Beating some strong contenders, the judges of East Suffolk District Council’s Quality of Place Awards considered that the Aldeburgh Museum internal refurbishment project has preserved and enhanced the character of the historic Moot Hall building giving it a sustainable future.

Tony Bone, Chairman of Aldeburgh Museum Trustees said; ‘to receive this award is a great tribute to all the hard work of my fellow trustees and volunteers without whose dedication and commitment we wouldn’t have a bright, modern-day museum.  Our vision was made achievable and our thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hudson’s Architects and Aldeburgh Town Council with whom we with collaborated closely.’

A virtual awards ceremony was carried out on 8th February 2021 and can be viewed at


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Using our online virtual tour, one of our expert volunteers will guide your group around the Museum, sharing their detailed knowledge of the collection and the Moot Hall. Tours will be conducted using Zoom and last approximately 1 hour.
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Do I have to wear a face covering?

No.  This is now optional (but subject to change).

Can I go into the museum if I just turn up?

Yes please do. We no longer have a pre booking system in place. An admission ticket will be issued on entry.

How do I get a ticket for entry?

Please just turn up and purchase an admission ticket on arrival.

When will you be open?

Are opening times are always from 1pm to 4pm. From April to the end of October we are open every day (except when the building is needed for civic events).  From November through to the end of March, we are open weekends only plus additional days in school holidays/half-terms.

How accessible is the museum?

The museum has worked hard to ensure that everyone is welcome and is able to access the displays and enjoy themselves when they visit us.

Access for visitors with physical disabilities
The Moot Hall is a grade one listed building and the exhibits are on two floors, with the main entrance on the first floor and the exit on the ground floor. For those with limited mobility who cannot climb the stairs, there is access through the ground floor, where you can look around the museum room and its exhibits. Tablet computers will provide support for those unable to climb the stairs (coming soon). Our front-of-house staff are ready to assist when you arrive.

We are sorry but the museum is not wheelchair accessible but it is possible that access could be possible for small wheelchairs through the ground floor. Please let us know your requirements.

Access for visitors with visual impairments includes:
Tablet support (coming soon) and a handling collection and items to touch. Access dogs are welcome.

Access for deaf or hard-of-hearing visitors includes:
Subtitles for spoken word film material. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Access for visitors who have a learning disability, dementia or are on the autistic spectrum includes:
An experienced member of staff.  In due course, we expect to have SEN backpacks and a sensory map.

If you have any additional needs please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What is there for children?

Whether you have tiny tots or teenagers, there’s plenty to do with the family. There is dressing up as a mini mayor, games and challenges, trails and more.

Whether that’s seeing our exhibitions or taking part in one of our workshops, we want you to feel at home here.

We have special activities in school holidays/half-terms.


What is included in my admission ticket?

Your admission ticket includes entry to all our temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays.  Your ticket enables you to visit multiple times over a one year period though does not cover special events.