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. To visit Strawbery Banke Museum on your trip to Portsmouth, use our Portsmouth vacation planner.
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  • We spent a couple of hours here, although you could walk round it in less. There were some characters in a few of the houses who stayed in charcter according to their story. we enjoyed this. There are...  more »
  • This museum is really more like time travel. If you love history, this should be at the top of your list while visiting the area. A collection of 32 houses, all original, all at the original locations...  more »
  • We've gone several times to Strawbery Banke over many years and have been amazed by the progress of work done to the grounds and hotel buildings. There are also more and more activities and programs for museum goers of all ages to participate in and during the winter months they offer year outdoor skating rink. The new entrance and parking are wonderful, the orientation film is very well done, the cafeteria serves delicious food & beverages, the gift shop has terrific mementos. Before you go, check to to see if your local library has a museum pass.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great place to take the kids to show them how life used to be. Love the history here.
  • 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.
  • 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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