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Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth

Categories: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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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  • The AAA TourBook said to allow 1.5 hours minimum--we spent double that enjoying the gardens on the 10-acre grounds and the 30 buildings allowing us to step back to see real homes restored to 1695-1955...  read more »
  • Ended up spending a couple hours at. Interesting history and lots of houses to go thru. They have done a great job restoring it and telling stories. 
  • We really enjoyed the walk back in time. An easy five star as you really learn a lot and enjoy doing so. They has a lot of outdoor exhibitions showing how they use to make a huge variety of everyday n...  read more »
  • This is a wonderfully preserved community, that provides you with wonderful history of the the oldest European city in New Hampshire. You can view a number of renovated and preserved buildings built between the 17th and 19th century. The neighborhood is part of downtown, so there is also delicious food and shopping nearby. Certainly worth the price of admission.
  • This place has so much potential. There are so many historical buildings and the preservation is amazing. It's was an easy stroll through the neighborhood and many of the buildings were open. The interpreter at the Thomas Aldridge house was my favorite of the day. He took so much time to tell us the story of the house and about his personal research. I found many of the staff to be annoyed by the kids in our party, however. There was little interaction and even rudeness from the gentleman in the tavern.
  • Highly recommend this stop for anyone who is interested in history. Seeing the homes and way of life of the past was fantastic. My kids had a blast and loved the interaction with the staff in each home. They were very knowledgeable and if they didn't know an answer they found it for you before you left for the day.
  • Strawberry Banke is like stepping back in time. My 4 and 6 year olds loved exploring the old houses and gardens. Visit if you are in the Portsmouth nh area.
  • Had a great time spending a few hours exploring this museum. It's spread out over a couple dozen historic houses that each house their own exhibits. There are botanical gardens, Victorian gardens, a governor's mansion, and many other interesting things to see. It was only $19 per person and well worth it for the three hours we spent there. Highly recommended.
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