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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Exploring the Arts with Ed Colley: "From the Author to my Husband"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOE2ApJf_Nc

From the Author to My Husband by Kristina Wacome Stevick Directed by Kimberly LaCroix Stage Managed by Maddison Shea Produced by History Alive, Inc. Featurin...

2 months ago
Exploring the Arts with Ed Colley: "From the Author to my Husband"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOE2ApJf_Nc

From the Author to My Husband by Kristina Wacome Stevick Directed by Kimberly LaCroix Stage Managed by Maddison Shea Produced by History Alive, Inc. Featurin...

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Scientific equipment from the Ipswich Female Seminary (c.1828-1876) from the Ipswich Museum's collection.

Disc Electrostatic Machine
Turning the handle caused the glass disk to rub against a ... See more

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What is your favorite book? #BookLoversDay

Image: from the IM collection, textbooks from the Ipswich Female Seminary, mid 19th century.

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Our gardens are lovely spots to celebrate #BookLoversDay tomorrow.

And if you're looking for a new read, @ipswichmuseumstore has books for sale by local authors.

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Lucy Farley Dodge Hammatt, ca. 1860
Painting attributed to William Morris Hunt, oil on canvas.

From the Ipswich Museum collection.

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Ipswich Birth to Three Family Center

Thank you Ipswich Museum for giving our Mini Greenies a tour of the Housewive’s Garden!

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From our collection: Bellows
Made of painted wood and brass. Painted in the Pennsylvania Dutch style. 19th century.

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If you're out attending Olde Ipswich Days this weekend, come on over for a tour of the Whipple House too!

Tours are offered 10am-4pm today and tomorrow and from 1-4pm on Sunday.

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