Ipswich Museum

Ipswich Museum events

The Heard House on South Main St. is within view of the Ipswich Visitor Center. The building was purchased by the Ipswich Historical Society from the Heard family in 1939. With the additional space, the Society was able to expand its program to showcase later centuries of Ipswich history including a collection of works by the nineteenth century “Ipswich Painters, “including Society founder Arthur Wesley Dow, as well as other collections dating to the early twentieth century. The Heard House is now the Ipswich Museum.

Whipple house, Ipswich MA

Across the street from the Heard House is the 1677 Whipple house a National Historic Landmark, one of the finest examples of “first period” American architecture (1625-1725). Both properties are filled with original architectural detail, furnishings, and artifacts that give visitors an intimate glimpse into the lives of early Ipswich residents.

Alexander Knight house, Ipswich MA

Next to the Whipple House is the recreation of the Alexander Knight House, a re-creation of an early, English-style timber frame house from 1657 as described in Ipswich town records. This exhibit was built with traditional tools, materials and construction methods of the First Period, complete with a stone foundation, timber frame, wattle and daub chimney, water-sawn white oak boards and thatched roof. Jowled posts, girts, and braces were fitted to form an end wall. after which plates, studs, joists, principal rafters and purlins were pegged in place to complete the frame.

All museum properties and gardens are within walking distance of each other. The Ipswich Museum is open for guided tours from May through October. In 2017, we will be open for tours from May 27 to October 8.

  • Thursday: 10 AM-4 PM
  • Friday: 10 AM-4 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM-4 PM
  • Sunday: 1-4 PM

Admission

  • $15 for tour of three houses
  • 10 for tour of one house
  • Half price admission for students 13 to 17
  • FREE for children under 13

Visit the Ipswich Museum site.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to hear guest speaker, Jim Engel speak this afternoon on the Ipswich Municipal Water System and thank you Jim for starting our 2018 Brown Bag Lunch series with your ... See more

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Beat the winter blues with an art class!

Beat the winter blues with an art class! http://p0.vresp.com/8tgnHQ #vr4smallbiz

Drawing from LifeMondays 3:30-5pm, Jan. 22nd – Mar. 5th (classes skip a week when Ipswich schools are not in session, such as for vacation or snow days)Ages: 12-17

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Beat the winter blues by taking an art class! Classes are available for all ages, kids and adults, including:

Drawing from Life for ages 12-17 on Mondays 3:30-5pm 1/22-3/5

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January Brown Bag Lunch at IM

January Brown Bag Lunch at IM http://p0.vresp.com/HQxvPH #vr4smallbiz

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March Brown Bag Lunch

March 5 - The story of Lizzie Borden- Did she do it?

Speaker: Historian, James Miele

will speak about Lizzie Borden who was accused and eventually acquitted for the brutal deaths of her father and ... See more

March 5 - The story of Lizzie Borden- Did she do it?

Speaker: Historian, James Miele

will speak about Lizzie Borden who was accused and eventually acquitted for the brutal deaths of her father and ... See more

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February Brown Bag Lunch

February 5- Unseen Objects from the Museum Collection

Speaker: Katherine Chaison, Curator

Join Katherine as she brings out objects from the collection that are not normally on view and shares ... See more

February 5- Unseen Objects from the Museum Collection

Speaker: Katherine Chaison, Curator

Join Katherine as she brings out objects from the collection that are not normally on view and shares ... See more

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January Brown Bag Lunch

January 8- The Ipswich Municipal Water System

Speaker: Jim Engel (former Selectman and Ipswich Water Commissioner)

The talk will begin with a history of the water system from its inception through ... See more

January 8- The Ipswich Municipal Water System

Speaker: Jim Engel (former Selectman and Ipswich Water Commissioner)

The talk will begin with a history of the water system from its inception through ... See more

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Registration is now open for winter art classes!

Registration is now open for winter art classes! http://p0.vresp.com/HDWUqc #vr4smallbiz

Drawing from LifeMondays 3:30-5pm, Jan. 22nd – Mar. 5th (classes skip a week when Ipswich schools are not in session, such as for vacation or snow days)Ages: 12-17

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Register for Winter Art Classes

Winter 2018 Dow Arts Program classes run on their own schedules, between Jan. 22nd and March 14th. Some are classes which meet for a few hours for 6 weeks; others are workshops lasting a few hours on ... See more

Winter 2018 Dow Arts Program classes run on their own schedules, between Jan. 22nd and March 14th. Some are classes which meet for a few hours for 6 weeks; others are workshops lasting a few hours on ... See more

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