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.