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Strawbery Banke Museum

14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03802
603 433 1102
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Ranked #2 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
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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.

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were very lucky and had a beaufiful day in November to tour Strawberry Bank. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we very much enjoyed seeing how people live in the different centuries.

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Hico, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This was a nice museum. When you come to Portsmouth you know there is so much history here. Then you go to Strawbery Banke and it all comes to light. Best part was Mrs. Shapiro. We loved the characters in some of the houses/buildings that were playing a part as if they were the actual person from that time period.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We came upon this open museum by chance on our way from Portland to Conway and are very glad we did. Unlike those in similar museums, almost all of the buildings stand where they were built. Most are in excellent condition and have been carefully restored although work is on-going in some. Guides in authentic costumes are found in many... More

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Dover, New Hampshire
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We took our grandkids and were concerned they might be a little bored, but they had a great time exploring this living Museum. Costumed performers showing what life was like in the "puddle dock" area of Portsmouth in different time periods. Houses are restored to different time periods, and residents are brought to life. Your ticket is good for two... More

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Cromwell, Connecticut, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This is a most enjoyable museum that is historical and very entertaining. One wanders through the property inspecting historical homes in varying states of restoration. It's a pleasant walk through history, with some people reenacting different aspects of life at Strawberry Banke. The grounds are lovely. There is an in-house restaurant available to guests who visit the museum. It is... More

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Abingdon, Maryland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Coming from Kittery, Maine, we had some difficulty locating Strawberry Banke Museum. Some additional signs would be very helpful. We were determined though since Yankee Magazine had done an interesting article on it and I really wanted to see it. We spent much of the day exploring the houses and interacting with the guides and displays. We particularly enjoyed visiting... More

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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My family and I love visiting Strawbery Banke. The preservation group has done an excellent job maintain and protecting this village from way back. The property really gives you a feel for what it most of been like to live in New England many years ago. Our favorite events are the holiday events, Ghosts on the Banke and The Christmas... More

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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123 reviews 123 reviews
62 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We spent the entire day here. There was so much to see and learn. It was awesome to see how houses changed throughout history and we really enjoyed the hearing about several of the homes in-person. We definitely recommend this museum to anybody interested in history and/or architecture.

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long island
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93 reviews 93 reviews
42 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed Strawberry Banke on an unseasonably warm late September day. The museum is comprised of homes and businesses that were built as far back as 1762. 32 buildings are on their original sites. There are ongoing demonstrations by costumed role players that will only answer questions as if they lived in that era. Cooking and weaving,... More

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Boston, MA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I believe it has likely been 15+ years since my last visit to Strawbery Banke. I brought a good friend this time and I was impressed with how many buildings are part of the "exhibition." The guides in each building were very helpful and well versed in the history of their area. I also loved the new visitors center (not... More

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