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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
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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Cromwell, Connecticut, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

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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40 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

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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Windham
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

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
48 helpful votes 48 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
42 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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22 reviews 22 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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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We got to the museum at 3pm thinking that it was open until 6pm (and according to our guide book it was!!) but it closed at 5pm.....Turns out that the entry tickets were good for 2 days so we were able tog o back the next morning!! This is a mini village with over 30 original homes dating from the... More

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Reston, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Good place to see history of this area. Great job at restoring the buildings. Know they had paper maps and tours but we missed the morning tour and the afternoon tour was cancelled. Needs better signage in front of each building. Think even a audio device would add SO much to the experience. Each person we saw in the buildings... More

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Hugo, Mn
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Interesting to hear how it used to be. Enjoyed being able to have a picnic lunch there while visiting.

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This place is a collection of Houses built over the last few hundred years and shows the changes in American Family life. At present it ends in the 1950's. There are several members of staff dress in period clothing who will interact with you as you walk around the place. Very reasonabley priced and a pleasant day too.

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