Dow Arts Classes

The museum host a wide range of visual arts classes and workshops for all ages. From plein-air painting to sculpture, embroidery, photography and watercolor our courses tap into our creatively rich community and our permanent art collection for inspiration. Named for the famed Ipswich painter, Arthur Wesley Dow, our programming is inspired by his his practice as both an artist and an educator.

Lecture Series

Throughout the year, the museum hosts fascinating lunchtime and evening lectures on a diverse range of topics by our staff, local professionals and hobbyists. Check our calendar for the most up-to-date information on upcoming events. Lectures are free for our members, and Brown Bag Lunches are free to Ipswich seniors.

Educational Programs

Our educational programs are designed for toddlers up through high school students. We take an interdisciplinary approach to history while fulfilling 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.


Our tour season typically runs from May through October. Our guided tours are currently suspended due to Covid-19. Please enjoy a self-guided walking tour of our grounds, or use the PocketSights app for free audio-guided tours of the museum.