Animals in the Art Gallery

An exhibition of artworks exploring British Wildlife, animals, and Pets.

Animals in the Art Gallery
is a family-friendly exhibition at the Wolsey Art Gallery, in Christchurch Mansion, that explores British wildlife alongside artistic depictions of animals in all shapes and sizes, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Visitors can see some familiar animals from Ipswich Museum’s Natural History collection, who are creating a new home in the Wolsey Art Gallery!

Enjoy artworks that reflect different animal habitats from woodland to coastal, gardens to urban. Then see how many different animals you can find in the pictures, sculpture and ceramics on display. Artists featured include Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, Anna Airy, Sir Alfred Munnings, George Thomas Rope, Max Ernst, Amy K Browning, Bernard Reynolds, Leonard Squirrell, Fernand Leger, and Colin Moss.

A new creative studio for families has also been included in the gallery, where visitors can make their own artistic animals in a space to play, draw and get creative!


Entry is FREE and there is no need to book. 

The exhibition is running until 2 June 2024.


The exhibition will be open in line with the seasonal opening hours of Christchurch Mansion:

Tuesday to Saturday10:0016:00 (Nov-Feb)
17:00 (Mar-Oct)
Sunday11:0016:00 (Nov-Feb)
17:00 (Mar-Oct)

Useful information about how to find Christchurch Mansion, what to expect when you arrive, and what facilities are available is all available on the Christmas Mansion Access Guide.


Wolsey Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich, IP4 2BE


13/05/2023 - 02/06/2024