Marvel Studios' Black Panther costumes to feature in new exhibition

Christchurch Mansion, with a tree in the foreground

The Power of Stories exhibition will open at Christchurch Mansion in June - Credit: Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion have reopened their doors, with the Power of Stories exhibition launching soon. 

Following a temporary closure due to coronavirus restrictions, Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion re-opened to visitors on Tuesday, May 18, with a range of safety measures in place. 

There is lots for visitors to explore, from natural history to Anglo Saxons and Ancient Egyptians at Ipswich Museum, to period rooms and works by renowned artists at the historic Christchurch Mansion. 

Visitors need to book a free ticket for a timed slot before they visit and a one-way system with signage is in place. 

Both venues are open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. 

A group of visitors look up at the giraffe exhibit at Ipswich Museum

Ipswich Museum has reopened to the public - Credit: Lucy Taylor Photography

Councillor Carole Jones, Ipswich Borough Council’s portfolio holder for museums, said: “It’s exciting to be able to open the doors again and staff are enjoying being able to welcome visitors back to the museums. Our museums are free for everyone and a perfect place to come and escape and explore.” 

The much-anticipated Power of Stories exhibition, which includes a display of sensational costumes from the hit film Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, will open at Christchurch Mansion from June 26 to October 24 2021. 

The outfits of T’Challa, Shuri and Okoye will sit alongside Marvel comics and historic museum objects and local stories. 

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Visitors can also look forward to the reopening of Ipswich Art Gallery this summer. The Moon: Meet Our Nearest Neighbour is a touring exhibition and features fascinating objects such as a large inflatable Moon, scientific instruments, and actual moon rock on loan from Bespoke Scientific. 

The exhibition will give visitors the chance to discover what the Moon is made of, how it has influenced our history, culture and natural world, and how we have explored it from ancient times to the present and future. The exhibition will open from July 31 to October 10 2021. 

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