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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More October events at Ipswich Museum!

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2 weeks ago

Join us on Friday the 20th for our annual Family Halloween Party!

(Details available on map)

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3 weeks ago
Exploring the Arts with Ed Colley: George Sherwood & Charles H. Shurcliff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYmj4z0940o

Ed Talks with sculptor, George Sherwood and painter, Charles Shurcliff about their new exhibit at the Ipswich Museum entitled "Light and Air". For more infor...

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Family Halloween Party at Ipswich Museum

Family Halloween Party on Friday, October 20th 3-5pm.

Join us in the courtyard of the Heard House for old fashioned games, scary stories, a haunted house, costume parade, and more!

The cost is ... See more

Family Halloween Party on Friday, October 20th 3-5pm.

Join us in the courtyard of the Heard House for old fashioned games, scary stories, a haunted house, costume parade, and more!

The cost is ... See more

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Last chance on Photo class and other events at IM

Last chance to register for photography class and other October events at IM http://p0.vresp.com/c9a6F0 #vr4smallbiz

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If you haven't seen the "Light & Air" exhibit yet, come over this weekend! The exhibit is only up through October 8th.

Regular museum hours: Thursday - Saturday 10am-4pm each day, and Sundays 1-4pm.

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New ways to get creative at the Ipswich Museum!

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Homeschool Workshop at Ipswich Museum

Homeschool Workshop
Monday, Sept. 25th, 10am-noon

Come explore the Ipswich Museum's summer exhibit, Light & Air featuring paintings by Charles Shurclif and kinetic sculpture by George Sherwood, two ... See more

Homeschool Workshop
Monday, Sept. 25th, 10am-noon

Come explore the Ipswich Museum's summer exhibit, Light & Air featuring paintings by Charles Shurclif and kinetic sculpture by George Sherwood, two ... See more

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September events at the Ipswich Museum

September events at the Ipswich Museum http://p0.vresp.com/H13NQY #vr4smallbiz

Janet Sutherland and Michael Dorsey will be leading a 3 day landscape painting workshop Sept. 15-17th, 9am-5pm each day for adults.

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"Summer Morning in the Pasture"
by Arthur W. Dow
oil on canvas

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