Don’t miss out on visiting one of our premiere cultural partners here on the North Shore.
Founded in 1890, the Ipswich Museum collection reflects more than 100 years of acquisition and preservation – important objects that document the narrative of the town, its origin, growth and what made it such an extraordinary place for immigrants, artists, and tycoons alike. The 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.
The Manchester Historical Museum
The Manchester Historical Society has been headquartered in the beloved Trask House since 1925. The original rooms of the House contain an impressive collection of fine art, artifacts, and significant examples of the fine furniture made in Manchester during the mid 19th century. Other memorabilia on display reflect the town’s important maritime history, and its later prominence as a summer vacation destination for the wealthy during the Gilded Age. Exhibits, walking tours and the beautifully preserved Seaside No. 1 Firehouse containing two antique fire engines and a collection of firefighting equipment, are all part of the Manchester Historical Museum.
The Museum of Old Newbury has been collecting and preserving the history of Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Byfield, and Plum Island for the past 140 years. The museum is comprised of four historic buildings and a restored 19th century garden. Tours of the period rooms and gallery spaces in the Cushing House tell the stories of the past 300 years in the Newburys. The Museum holds special events and programs year-round for inquiring minds of all ages, addressing topics of local interest ranging from seafaring to cemeteries and fashion to firefighting.