For the remainder of October we will open the special exhibit from 10-4 Thursday through Saturday, with tours offered 1 – 4pm Thursday and Saturday, and 10am -4pm on Friday.
We will close for the season on October 31.
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New Exhibition: “Inspiration in Isolation” now open at the Ipswich Museum.

Inspiration in Isolation features 25 local artists’ works.  The participants were requested to think about the isolation brought on by Covid during the past year and a half.  Isolation meant different things to different people but each artist was in one way or another affected by the pandemic.  Some reflected upon their past; others focused on the present.  The beautiful landscapes of Ipswich –the ocean and beaches, the river and creeks, flowers and gardens–continued to be an inspiration to many and were available and safe for the artists.  The results (paintings, photographs, sculpture, written material) are gathered in the Heard House of the Ipswich Museum for all to enjoy and contemplate.  Artists are by definition creative and will find inspiration. The exhibit was organized by Stephanie Gaskins, Dow Curator. The museum and exhibit are open Thursdays –Saturdays 10-4.

Artists include Henry Booy, Paul Bostley, Deborah Cassady, Michael Dorsey, Susan Ellis, Jeannette Steele Esposito, Bill Franson, Brett Gamache, Ann Jones, Nicole Hupin-Otis, Lynn McLoughlin, Dorothy and Ed Monnelly, Darcy Moulton, Ciara O’Flynn, Erin Rice, William Sargent, Priscilla Serafin, George Sherwood, Charles Shurcliff, Nel Sogoloff, Susan Stone, Janet Sutherland, and Mary Woodall-Jappe

Upcoming event

Wednesday Evening Lecture

Wednesday Evening Lecture

Date: October 20, 2021Time: @ 7:30 pm- @ 9:30 pm Venue: at Ipswich Museum Price: $10

Wednesday Evening Lecture “The History of Tea” Speaker Joe Carlin, Nutritionist and Culinary Historian, explores the history of tea and its connection to the China Trade and the Heard family.

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Classes & Workshops

Our Fall session of Dow Arts Classes is now live! 

For a list of current offerings please follow link below.


Free Audio Guide

The grounds of the Ipswich Museum are open to visitors everyday. You may now take a free audio tour by downloading the PocketSights app to your device and turning on location services, or searching “Ipswich Museum.” While on site you can add comments or upload your own photos to the tour. You can also tour remotely from the comfort of your home with the virtual features. 

Historic Properties

The Ipswich Museum oversees three historical homes: The Whipple House (1677), The Heard House (1795-1800), and the Alexander Knight House. We offer guided tours on a seasonal basis.

John Fiske Memorial Fund

In loving memory of our departed friend and colleague, the John Fiske Memorial Fund has been established for the preservation of the collections at the Capt. John Whipple House. Since moving to Ipswich in 2008, John has been an advocate for the preservation of historic properties in town and in recent years was instrumental in acquiring a historically accurate replica of Whipple’s 17th century bed and bed hangings, which are now part of the permanent display at the museum.  Click here to read more about John’s life and his accomplishments.

To make a donation to the John Fiske Memorial Fund, please visit our store, or send a check payable to the Ipswich Museum.