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Strawbery Banke Museum

14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03802
603 433 1102
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Ranked #1 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: View and visit some of the numerous buildings at this 10-acre outdoor museum that traces the history of this seaport town, with costumed interpreters... more » Owner description: View and visit some of the numerous buildings at this 10-acre outdoor museum that traces the history of this seaport town, with costumed interpreters providing demonstrations of trades and insights into earlier Portsmouth times. « less
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New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

But it just didn't do it for me. I saw so many positive reviews here on TripAdvisor that I thought for sure I'd enjoy the "Banke", but unfortunately I didn't. It's basically a restored neighborhood section of Portsmouth featuring old NH homes as they were in the past. There are knowledgeable guides and some dressed in period clothing. Think Williamsburg,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Well worth the detour to Plymouth if you have half a day to spare during a visit to New Hampshire, Strawbery Banke is a community of houses and shops which has carefully been preserved from urban re-development so as to give visitors an insight into Plymouth life from the days of the first European colonists through to the post-war period.... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

There are several well-known historic recreated villages and towns, like Sturbridge Village and Colonial Williamsburg, But Strawbery Bank, I think, is unique in that the museum has recreated a community with 32 homes and shops representing the various periods of life there, from the earliest 17th home to a mid-20th century shop. Several of the homes and shops have period... More

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Katonah, NY
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299 reviews 299 reviews
180 attraction reviews
309 helpful votes 309 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This large collection of well-preserved homes and businesses is so engrossing. My 13 and 15 year old teens, who both claim to find historic homes "boring" were fascinated. We made a game out of trying to guess the year of the house we were visiting. We all agreed that recreating the various eras of each building is what saved this... More

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

You can learn about the interesting and varied history of Portsmouth from the 1600s to modern times through this restored neighborhood. The homes with a guide (about half of them) were more interesting than the ones without because it brought the stories to life. Although we are not architecture buffs we enjoyed learning about the evolution of building techniques through... More

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Boucherville, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We were thinking the Strawberry Banke Museum was a disappointment until we stepped into the Pitt Tavern building. The lady who welcomed us there had a lot of interesting stories to tell, and she was playing her role quite seriously. Thank you, Mrs Stavers, for saving the day! We also loved visiting the Victorian Garden.

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Newaygo
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Strawbery Banke Museum is a collection of buildings that have been restored and stand in their original places. What makes this museum different than others of its type is that the homes and businesses have been restored to different eras -- from the 1700s to the 1950s. I especially enjoyed the grocery store set during WWII when people had to... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We spent an enjoyable few hours here and the experience was enhanced by the information which the staff shared. (In some cases this was too much but I am perhaps being picky). It is easy to walk there from the downtown Parking Lot which is $1 per hour.

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Portsmouth
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Parents of babies be warned strollers are not allowed in the buildings - we were told they are a fire hazard. Yet we saw people with walkers, who moved a lot slower than us with a stroller (and we were using an umbrella stroller) in the buildings. As we had already purchased our tickets and the buildings are close together... More

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Fairfield, ME
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was my first visit to Strawberry Banke, so I only planned on spending a few hours there... was I wrong!! It is so beautiful and there is so much to see, the next time I visit, I'll plan to spend the day. Dress in layers! Although there are many historic homes to visit, you honestly spend half your visit... More

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