At the Ipswich Museum 400 years of history surround you at every turn. Our extensive collections of fine and decorative art celebrate the historical and architectural significance of Ipswich. The Ipswich Museum is located near the town center of Ipswich, Massachusetts – approximately 30 miles northeast of Boston. Ipswich was founded in 1633 and is well known for its early 17th century architecture – 58 homes built prior to 1725 are still in existence today.
Our museum is anchored by two significant properties: the 1677 Whipple House and the 1800 Heard House. Both properties are filled with original architectural detail, furnishings, and artifacts that give visitors an intimate glimpse into the lives of early Ipswich residents. All museum properties and gardens are within walking distance of each other, as well as the charming shops, pubs and restaurants of downtown Ipswich. The town is surrounded by 33 square miles of natural beauty – rolling fields, forests, salt marshes, beaches, and estuaries – all worthy of further exploration and the perfect complement to your museum visit.
The Ipswich Museum is open for guided tours from May through October. In 2014, we will be open for tours from May 24 to October 12.
Please note - due to roof work, the Whipple House will be closed for tours September 25-28. The closure may extend longer - stay tuned for updates. The Heard and Knight Houses will remain open during this time, though, so come by for a visit!
Thursday: 10 AM-4 PM
Friday: 10 AM-4 PM
Saturday: 10 AM-4 PM
Sunday: 1-4 PM
Admission for both houses is $10, or $7 for one house for adults, children 6-12 are $3.00 and children under 6 are free.
Parking is available on the grounds of the main building, the 1800 Heard House. Additional parking is also available at the public parking lot between the 1800 Heard House and the Ipswich Visitor Center.
The Museum Office is located at the rear of the main building, the 1800 Heard House. It is open year-round on the following days and times:
Tuesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Please call ahead for information, geneaology inquiries and to schedule group tours.
Research and Geneaology Inquiries
Researchers should contact the Ipswich Museum’s office for an appointment by calling 978.356.2811, or by emailing email@example.com. Research and qeneaology questions can be answered by appointment only! PLEASE CALL AHEAD. Geneaology inquiries are $20 per hour, minimum one hour.