Discover 200 years of industrial innovation on the original site of the Richard Garrett Engineering Works, from the first production line to the first woman doctor. See the wide variety of products from steam engines and munitions to children's toys and dry cleaning machines. Learn about the development of Leiston and its influence both locally and around the world.
Open 21 March to 29 October 2017
June - September - Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 3pm
April, May and October (except school holidays) - Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 3pm
For more local information, please see:Leiston Guide
Special Offers and Events
Suffolk Steampunk Speactacular
Friday 21st (evening only) to Sunday 23rd July 10am-4pm
Put 21-23 July in your diaries for a spectacular weekend of steampunkery at the Long Shop Museum in Leiston. Back by popular demand, you can enter the ‘Museum of Curiosities’ for a brilliant and bustling two-day brush with the bizarre and the beautiful world of steampunk, with a few sci-fi thrills and spills thrown in for good measure.
There are activities for those of all ages including tea duelling (how to dunk and keep your biscuit intact), demonstrations of gin based cuisine, unique martial art Bartitsu, high noon shoot out with NERFs and Steampunk storytime with riveting tales. There will also be the chance to create and upcycle some geek chic couture and jewellery, and become a virtual astronaut to an imaginative parallel universe through C.A.K.E.
Immerse yourself in workshops, exhibitions, talks, performances, and a magnificently curated market place. Enjoy the paraphernalia on display such as hats, jewellery and goggles fashioned from clever but eccentric designs incorporating cogs, watches and more! Flaunt your steampunk finery in a fabulous Promenade Parade through town with steam engines to lead the way. And as night falls, beware! An invasion threatens on Friday night with Steampunks V Zombies from 5.30 – 730pm. Top-hatted, corseted or simply undead? Take your pick - and remember your NERF gun for this riotous after-hours romp through the museum. And on Saturday Night prepare yourself for something stronger as those aged 18+ can enjoy an evening with the spirits! Gin to be precise along with tales of a more sobering spiritual dimension…. For full details of this, including ticket prices, as well as other events at the museum see the website.
Learn Something New
Unique Day Out
Fun for individuals as well as groups
Suitable for the Whole Family