Visitors are welcome to walk the museum grounds any day between sunrise and sunset. Please observe current Covid-19 state guidelines. We have two virtual and 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 office, located in the rear of the Heard House, is open Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm.


We will be open for in-person, guided tours on Memorial Day weekend beginning Saturday May 29, 2021 from 10am-4pm. Tours will be offered throughout the summer into early Fall on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am – 4pm. Visitors are asked to wear a mask while indoors if they are not vaccinated.  


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

Members: Free

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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