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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From the Author to My Husband

Tomorrow night's performance of "From the Author to My Husband" is SOLD OUT.

You can still purchase tickets for the following dates this summer: July 14th, July 28th, August 11th, and August 25th. ... See more

a play about America's first published poet, Anne Bradstreet

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Volunteer opportunity!

IM is hosting two weekly programs this summer for families where volunteers are needed. This is a fun opportunity for teens interested in working with kids.

On Mondays, ... See more

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5 days ago

We have a busy weekend coming up!

Friday, June 22nd– Opening Reception of Summer Exhibit Focusing on Ipswich, Photographs by Ipswich Artists.Heard House, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Saturday, June 23rd, ... See more

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Join us on June 22nd for the Opening Reception of Summer Exhibit Focusing on Ipswich, Photographs by Ipswich Artists.Heard House, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Share your photos using #FocusingOnIpswich.

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Please join us on June 22nd for the Opening Reception of the
summer exhibit Focusing on Ipswich, Photographs by Ipswich Artists at the Heard House, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

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Shows

You can still purchase tickets for this event on Saturday!

June 9th 6-8pm To My Dear and Loving Husband, a play about the life of Ann Bradstreet. Performed by 4 actors from History Alive in Salem, ... See more

If you want to understand the Salem Witch Trials, you have to experience Cry Innocent. The year is 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and YOU are on the Puritan jury.

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Tomorrow, June 4th Brown Bag Lunch Lecture - "Artifacts Discovered"

Speaker: Roland Arguin who is an amateur archeologist will share interesting stories on his discoveries of various items on the ... See more

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MONDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER

Painting/Collage – Mixed Media
Saturday, June 9th, 2018. 11am through 3pm
Ages: 16 through adult (all levels welcome)

A fun and highly creative approach to ... See more

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From the Author to my Husband Anne Bradstreet

To My Dear and Loving Husband, a play about the life of Ann Bradstreet. Performed by 4 actors from History Alive in Salem, depicting the 4 stages of Ann Bradstreet.

It will begin in the garden and ... See more

"From the Author to my Husband"

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