Some Highlights from our Collections
Arthur Wesley Dow (1857 – 1922) “From Bayberry Hill” Oil on Canvas
Carl H. Nordstrom (1876-1965) Untitled Oil on Canvas
Francis Henry Richardson (1859-1934) “Rowley Marsh, Moonrise” Oil on Canvas
Henry Rodman Kenyon (1868-1926) Untitled Oil on Canvas
Eastlake-Style Table ca. 1860 wood with inlay and porcelain. Created to display numerous examples of plate patterns that could be produced in china shops.
Revolutionary War Enlistment Papers 1775
The Ipswich Museum owns the largest single collection of works by Arthur Wesley Dow, including oil paintings, watercolors, photographs, ink wash drawings, wood block prints, and plaster casts. Dow (1857–1922) was born in Ipswich and interpreted images of the town throughout his lifetime.
The Ipswich Female Seminary was an early example of higher education for women. Led by Zilpah Grant and Mary Lyon in its early years, the curriculum included science, mathematics and interpretive reading. Students developed a clear vision that broadened their understanding of the increasingly complicated world. Graduates taught in diverse areas of the country and abroad.
The 1677 Whipple House is one of the finest examples of “first period” American architecture (1625-1725). The oldest part of the house dates to 1677 when the military officer and entrepreneur Captain John Whipple constructed an impressive townhouse near the center of Ipswich to showcase his wealth.
The museum houses an extensive collection of journals, wills, deeds, manuscripts and letters dating back to 1636 and photographs dating to the late 19th century. The museum is also home to the Ipswich Religious Library, founded in 1791, and a rare books collection including the poems of Anne Bradstreet. Researchers may request access to archival material by contacting the curator at firstname.lastname@example.org.