The Heard House (1795-1800)


We are closed for the season. However, visitors are welcome to walk the museum grounds any day between sunrise and sunset.  We have two self-guided walking tours on the PocketSights App which is also free and may be downloaded on iPhone or Android devices. For more information about self-guided audio tours click here.

Onsite parking is available at the Heard House and is free to visitors.

Our administrative office is open Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm. 


We are closed for the season.

We will re-open for tours in May 2022  



Members: Free

Adults: $10 for 1 house / $15 for 3 houses

Students ages 13-17: $5 1 house / $7.50 3 houses

Children 12 and under:  Free with an adult


About us

The Ipswich Museum was originally founded in 1890 as the Ipswich Historical Society. Today, our collection reflects more than 100 years of acquisition and preservation by these early visionaries. We continue to honor the original mission of the society to preserve Ipswich’s social, cultural, and architectural history – with the goal of making these treasures more accessible, more relevant, and more connected to our day-to-day lives.

Our museum is anchored by two significant properties: the 1677 Whipple House and the 1800 Heard House, which serves as our headquarters. Both properties are filled with original architectural detail, furnishings, and artifacts that give visitors an intimate glimpse into the lives of early Ipswich residents. Beyond the physical structures and important objects that comprise our collection you will find our most valuable asset: the narrative of our town, its origin, why we grew, and what made Ipswich such an extraordinary place for immigrants, artists, and tycoons alike.

There are hundreds of stories to discover through the Ipswich Museum. We invite you to dig a little deeper, explore, question, and to come away with a better understanding of your own history.

Interior view of the Heard House

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