Hall Haskell House and Visitor Center
Welcome to Small Town Friendly...
Historic Ipswich, Massachusetts
Located on Boston's North Shore, Ipswich, Massachusetts was settled in 1625 and is known for its First Period architecture, and is still home to over 50 first period houses (1625-1725)...more than any other town in New England. In addition to its first period architecture, Ipswich is known to have the oldest stone arch bridge in America, the Choate Bridge, built in 1764.
Home to artists, writers, performers and musicians, Ipswich is renowned for its natural and cultural heritage. A year-round destination, Ipswich offers an array of antiques, specialty shops, and restaurants, all within the scenic atmosphere of historic homes and old mill buildings nestled along the Ipswich River. For a small town, Ipswich has a rich history and a wealth of visual, performing, cultural and literary art resources and events.
Come and enjoy live performances in our state-of-the-art performance center. Take a stroll over our Riverwalk which connects the town's historic heritage on both sides of the Ipswich river with its downtown shopping area, and dine at one of our superb restaurants (five of which have been Zagat rated).
Relax on beautiful Crane beach, one
of the most scenic beaches in all of New England, with over four miles of white sand. In addition to Crane Beach, nature lovers can delight in Willowdale State Forest, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, and the Sandy Point State Reservation. Take in breathtaking views of the meandering Ipswich River, the Atlantic Ocean, and vast expanses of preserved and protected lands where recreational opportunities abound year-round.
Whether you are a painter, sculptor or photographer...come to Ipswich where inspiration surrounds you.
Ipswich is home to many annual festivals and celebrations including Olde Ipswich Days; The Strawberry Festival; Chowderfest; and Annual Art Show & Sale, to name a few. We invite you to come share our local culture, art scene and, of course, our famous fried clams.
We look forward to your visit!
** WEATHER NOTICE **
In case of foul weather the rain date for Illumination will be held on Sunday.
Friday and Sunday events will be held as usual, and indoor Saturday events will remain the same.
and Ipswich Illuminated
October 3rd, 4th and 5th
WE AWAIT YOUR ARRIVAL!
More than one million people visit Ipswich each year, intrigued by its architecture, sites of major historical significance, beautiful Crane beach, salt marshes and quaint downtown shopping district. Ipswich is a blend of past and present. Come see for yourself! We're just 30 miles north of Boston.
Ipswich Visitor Center
36 South Main Street,
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
9am to 5pm
May: Open Saturday & Sunday
Memorial Day through October: Open 7 days a week
Closed Nov - Apr
Restroom Facilities are available
Local Artist Exhibitions change weekly
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This web site serves individual artists, arts agencies, and arts & culture organizations, including visual
arts, performing arts, media arts, literary arts, history/heritage, and arts education. It is supported in part by a grant from the
Ipswich Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.