Within These Walls

Entrance to the Within These Walls exhibition

At the center of this gallery is a partially reconstructed house that stood for 200 years at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts, about 30 miles north of Boston. The house and the exhibition that surrounds it tell the stories of five families who lived there over the years and made history in their kitchens and parlors, through everyday choices and personal acts of courage and sacrifice. Through their lives, the exhibition explores some of the important ways ordinary people have been part of the great changes and events in American history.

The exhibition features:

  • the largest artifact in the museum, a Georgian-style, two-and-a-half-story timber-framed house
  • an 18th-century tea table
  • an anti-slavery almanac and the Wedgwood Anti-Slavery medallion
  • a Philco radio from the 1930s
  • World War II-era cookbooks, posters, rationing coupons
  • a proximity fuse, used to detonate bombs and artillery shells.

Visitor Guide

A self-guided highlights tour is available online in the following languages:

English | Español | Français | Deutsch | Русский | العربية | 简体中文 | 日本語 | 한국어

Exhibition Website

Can't visit the museum to see Within These Walls? Explore the historic Ipswich house and its residents on the exhibition website.