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Strawbery Banke Museum

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Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03802
Phone Number: 603 433 1102
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8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: View and visit some of the numerous buildings at this 10-acre outdoor...
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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history on the original land

Often historic reenactments include houses moved to the area. I'm not casting a judgement against them, but this area is rich in the history that actually happened here. These... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Bangor, Maine
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Bangor, Maine
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Often historic reenactments include houses moved to the area. I'm not casting a judgement against them, but this area is rich in the history that actually happened here. These homes have been in these families for decades or even centuries. The people who interpret seem to really love the place. If you like the idea of learning local New England... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Strawbery Banke Museum is a must-experience. I did not say "see" because the Banke goes way beyond viewing. It is hard to describe in just a few words. The Banke is a preserved neighborhood adjacent to today's downtown Portsmouth. It contains many restored homes as well as a center and shops. The focus is not on just one period. Interiors... More 

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Kittery Point, ME
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A recreated neighborhood of houses and businesses spanning many years. Docents at the different buildings offer tours. Some demonstrate crafts or just chores.

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Albany, New York, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had a wonderful time at the holiday candlelight tour. The docents all stayed in character, yet managed to answer our 'out of character' questions in very clever ways. The buildings are beautiful, and the seasonal decorations made our visit very special.

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Auburn, Maine
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

It was so interesting to see houses and lifestyles of different eras. There were even chances to try out your skills at weaving. The woman that taught people was extremely rude and seemed bothered to do her job. But the grounds were beautiful and well worth the trip!

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Cambria, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The pride and efforts to enhance and save historic Strawbery Banke. Excellent visitors center, and a very nice cafe on premises.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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180 reviews 180 reviews
36 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I am not sure we could have visited the Strawbery Banke Museum at a better time of the year, late May. The landscaping was wonderful, as you can see from some of our photos. We found the museum very interesting in that it showcased homes and business from not just the very early days of Portsmouth but also into the... More 

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Norwood, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

My daughter and I had a wonderful time learning about the history of Portsmouth through the houses and buildings at Strawberry Banke. Within a short distance you could walk through decades of history! To fully explore each and every room, be prepared to walk up stairs. The structural differences in the houses was really interesting. A great way to spend... More 

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Pittsburg, Kansas, United States
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is a must-see while in Portsmouth. The setting is beautifully historic. Quiet. Peaceful. My wife and I enjoyed quite a lovely stroll through Strawberry Banke.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a fun place to visit at the holidays. They offer skating, hot cider, live music, and tours of historic homes. However, beware that there are often long lines to get into the homes and that can be uncomfortable in the cold weather. Also, try to buy your tickets in advance in order to avoid a long line for... More 

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