The Ipswich Art Gallery Collection comprises a great diversity of objects, ranging from humble ephemera through to valuable artworks by internationally renowned artists.

The Collection is preserved in perpetuity for the purpose of recording and documenting the cultural and social heritage of Ipswich and for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The Collection brings together artworks and objects which demonstrate meaningful social and cultural interactions between the artist, their environment and their cultural background as well as historical and significant objects relating to Ipswich heritage.

The Freeman Gallery houses 19th and early 20th century pieces as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich’s heritage. The Freeman Gallery provides a unique Heritage Collection experience for visitors with examples of both fine and folk art on display. The heritage cabinets in the Gallery’s Main Hall showcase culturally significant local pieces ranging from the city’s early history to the modern day. The Gallery’s aim is to keep developing the 19th century collection to reflect the cultural prominence and prosperity that Ipswich enjoyed in the mid-1800s.