Whether you are teaching about early colonial life, the American Revolution, the history of indigenous people, 19th– 20th century art, or anything in between, the Ipswich Museum can help enrich your lessons and excite your students. Utilizing hands-on, place- and object-based learning we can work with your curricular goals to customize a museum visit, in-class presentation, or remote-learning project. Our programs are designed to work with different age groups, across disciplines, and reflect the current standards of the DESE curriculum frameworks. Our programs are also rooted in the culture, history and geography of Ipswich and the greater Boston and North Shore area, but integrate broader themes and issues that connect the region to the world beyond its boundaries.
The collection of the Ipswich Museum offers a wide array of resources for teachers and students ranging from primary source material, original artifacts, maps, photographs and other documents that can be a part of an on-site experience, or brought into the classroom by our staff.
The museum offers scavenger hunts around Ipswich, craft tutorials, self-guided tours, and history challenges for students of all ages.
Dow Arts Classes
Inspired by the teaching philosophy of Ipswich artist, Arthur Wesley Dow, the Dow Arts Program offers a range of visual arts, craft, and art historical workshops and classes for all ages.
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The Ipswich Museum oversees one of the preserved examples of first period architecture with the 1677 Whipple House, in addition to a 5.8-acre conservation meadowland abutting the Ipswich River, the property and collection of the historic 1800 Federalist style Heard House, a 17th century architectural replica Alexander Knight House, and the largest collection of the prolific and influential 20th century artist Arthur Wesley Dow and his protégés.
While many of our programs can be offered in a digital, remote format, we have specially designed new programs to serve the needs of students, teachers, and the general public in an enriching, self-guided trip to Ipswich and the Museum grounds. Download the PocketSights app to explore our free walking tours, or work with us to create one designed with your class in mind.