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.

Museum Hours:

The Ipswich Museum opens for the 2019 tour season on May 25. Please check the Museum calendar for lectures, education programs and other activities.

Thursdays 10am to 4pm

Fridays 10am to 4pm

Saturdays 10am to 4pm

Sundays 1pm to 4pm

No tours are available on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.


-$15 for tour of three houses

-$10 for tour of one house

-half price admission for students 13 to 17

-FREE for children under 13


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.

Administrative Office Hours:

The administrative offices are located at the rear of the main building, the 1800 Heard House. Office hours are:
Monday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM

Please call ahead for information and to schedule group tours. Genealogy inquiries will only be addressed via appointment. Please contact to schedule.

Research and Genealogy Inquiries

Researchers should contact the Ipswich Museum’s office for an appointment by calling 978.356.2811, or by emailing Research and genealogy questions can be answered by appointment only! PLEASE CALL AHEAD. Genealogy inquiries are $20 per hour, minimum one hour.

Ipswich Museum | 54 South Main Street | Ipswich, MA 01938 | Tel: 978.356.2811 |

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