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Strawbery Banke Museum

Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03802
Phone Number: 603 433 1102
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Ranked #2 of 25 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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117 reviews 117 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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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Hartford, Connecticut
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

So this was a fun surprise to stumble upon while walking around Portsmouth! The museum set up an outdoor rink, with a little fire pit at one end. Skates and rink time was $12 total - and totally worth it. Just wish parents were a bit more strict with their kids, so they wouldn't be racing down the rink sliding... More 

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Northeast
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90 reviews 90 reviews
25 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I've been here both warm and cold seasons, because I could only put one down I choose Christmas. Colonial Village living... and the Gift Shop was really nice. Across the street from the ocean it can be romantic for dates in the evening with a nice stroll. If you go in the Winter make sure you "Bundle Up" you get... More 

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Vermont
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The Candlelight Stroll In Portsmouth, NH sounds charming, and is to an extent. But it's better enjoyed by adults because of ths heavy emphasis on history and historic homes. I saw a lot of families dragging kids along through the slow-moving lines in the historic Portsmouth tour houses who either were bored or (because they were so young) were clueless... More 

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Jackson Heights, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Visited in December and took the tour of five buildings. Very informative. There is a pond for skating if you're so inclined. A must see.

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Chicago
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265 reviews 265 reviews
52 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I can't really give a detailed review as we only ventured over to Strawbery Banke for a little while after having a late lunch in Portsmouth just as the sun was setting. It was beautiful - the buildings hung with Christmas greens and lights strung through the trees. There was an ice rink set up which seemed to be the... More 

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Durham, New Hampshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

First off, Strawbery Banke is a beautiful place, and this isn't really a review of the museum itself, but of the Candlelight Stroll event that they put on around the winter holiday season. I almost gave it a poor rating, but realized that that wasn't really fair as I perhaps have unreasonably high expectations after attending the lantern light tour... More 

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Squantum, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Different from other historic sights in that it covers a wider time span. The exhibits and homes start in Colonial era and go through early 1950s. Very fun seeing homes from the 30s 40s etc. the docents are very informative, and displays are fun to reminisce in.

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

A great opportunity to get into the Christmas Spirit. The next time I will check the weather forcast before purchasing the tickets though!

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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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82 reviews 82 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I live in New England but I had never been to strawberry bank. It's a small historic community, and has some very interesting history that is very well told by the individuals that work there. We decided to attend the candlelight stroll, and it was very charming and had lots of different activities to participate in. We all agreed that... More 

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