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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Did you know that pockets used to be separate items of clothing and not attached to you pants, etc.?

This pocket was embroidered by Jeanie Hogg in 1894.

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DOW ARTS CLASSES | IPSWICH MUSEUM

Two kids' art classes start next week and there's still time to register!

"Drawing from Life" for ages 12-17 on Mondays 3:30-5
"Art Exploration" for ages 6-11 on Wednesdays 3:30-4:45

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3 days ago

Within the Ipswich Female Seminar collection at IM,along with scientific equipment from the 1820s-70s, is a globe. Can you spot what's missing?

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The Ipswich Museum Presents: Immigration Stories of Ipswich

Thank you Icam Ipswich for exploring our spring exhibit, "Immigration Stories of Ipswich."

The exhibit will be up through the end of April and it open on Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm.

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This exhibit explores what it meant to be an immigrant in the town of Ipswich during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through photographs, traditional...

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IHS Volunteers

Ipswich Museum is looking for volunteers to work as tour guides, greeters and in the museum store. The summer tour season begins on May 26. Tours include the Whipple , Heard, and Knight Houses. ... See more

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Registration for Spring Dow Arts Classes is Open!

Registration for Spring Dow Arts Classes is Open! http://p0.vresp.com/3JDZDs #vr4smallbiz

Classes are available for both kids and adults.

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Photos from Ipswich Museum's post

From the Ipswich Museum collection:
Mirror
accacia wood and glass
The frame contains intricate hand carvings of people, horses, buildings, and flowers. It tells the story of the Three Kingdoms of ... See more

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We're celebrating #NationalPoetryMonth with past Ipswich resident, Anne Bradstreet (1612 - 1672).

The Author to Her Book

Thou ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth didst by my ... See more

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From the Ipswich Museum collection:

Portrait of John Heard II, c.1841
attributed to Sunqua, China. Watercolor on ivory, lacquered composite frame, Heard family possession.

John Heard (1824-94) was ... See more

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The daughters of Harry Joyce (an Irish immigrant), Ruth, and Hilda Joyce Schofield became school teachers. Hilda and Ruth taught at the Shatswell School in Ipswich, while their older sister moved, ... See more

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