Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth

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Learn the history of Portsmouth as you wander through the recreated village of Strawbery Banke Museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this outdoor museum is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the state. You'll have the chance to visit the 40 restored buildings from the 17th to 19th centuries built in Colonial-, Georgian-, and Federal-style architecture. A self-guided tour will take you through the history of this seaport town and teach you about the architecture, heritage plants, traditional crafts, and clothing from the 1600s to the 1950s. As you explore the restored homes through the decades, you will meet costumed interpreters giving demonstrations of everyday activities from days past. Your general admission ticket for the museum buildings is good for two consecutive days. Photographs are allowed of exterior sites; no flash photography is permitted inside the buildings. Make Strawbery Banke Museum a part of your Portsmouth vacation plans using our Portsmouth trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Strawberry Banke is a great spot in downtown Portsmouth with something for the whole family. A great family discount as well. Highly recommend.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    I have been going here for decades. Wonderful historical site near the riverfront. I highly recommend the Candlelight Stroll during the December months; dress warm! The staff is very knowledgeable, co...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Went with two small kids under 5, and while they had a decent time, they both admitted to being a little bored. On this particular weekend there just wasn't much for them, although they did enjoy the ...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    Definitely give yourself at least a couple of hours here as there are a lot of homes to look at. It's a great concept - essentially being able to "travel through time" in one neighborhood because they've styled the homes to match different eras. The volunteers are great and some of them really get into character but they're all very knowledgeable and care a lot about the subject matter. It's a more immersive approach to a museum and you'll learn so much about not just the history of Portsmouth but U.S. socioeconomic and cultural history as well.
  • June 7, 2017
    Can't believe the amount of times I have been in Portsmouth without visiting this Museum. Definitely going again. It is not just colonial history. They show the neighborhood throughout the times. Great reenactments.
  • July 3, 2017
    Great place to take the kids to show them how life used to be. Love the history here.
  • May 4, 2017
    Strawbery Banke has a terrific collection of historic homes to tour and the guides and interpreters are fantastic. We've participated in several homeschool classes and attended events here and have not been disappointed. It's well worth the visit.
  • June 2, 2017
    Best going after 1:30pm. Othere wise there will be a lot of students on feild trips. Running around room to room. Make noise. Makes it hard to injoey and interact with people on the tour Everyone stays in character. And that makes it real fun. Plan to be there for at least 2 hrs. And your pass is good for two days.

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