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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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Castle Rock, Colorado
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The scope of this reconstruction is absolutely amazing. There were at least a dozen buildings to explore. As mentioned, there are actors and docents available to provide extensive information and answer questions. The initial introduction video and detailed map provided the necessary info for a self-guided tour. I was especially impressed with the wallpaper of which some had been painstakingly... More

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rhode island
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129 reviews 129 reviews
45 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the two hours spent in this wonderful escape from the present. Curators are excellent, especially Mrs. Sapiro and grand-daughter of store owner. The building are excellent display and the knowledgeable guides added much to the tour. Best to tour on a nice cool day to really enjoy the site, gardens and homes.

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just an amazing effort at historical conservation. Worth an afternoon. Great docents. Immaculately cared for. Well done Portsmouth.

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Darien, Connecticut
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73 reviews 73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My husband and I love history and we love going to historical places and so while I was researching Portsmouth and saw Strawbery Banke I knew that we had to go! At first I thought it was a reconstructed neighborhood built to look like what use to be. But I was so wrong! The homes in this neighborhood have either... More

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Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Not just a static restoration of a certain time period but more like a timeline showing how the town grew, changed, died off and came back. Very well done!

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St Louis, missouri
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195 reviews 195 reviews
66 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It has ample free parking. There are numerous houses that you go through that show you the décor, furnishings, and comforts of the day. It stunned me to see the things that they had back in 1800. We saw someone working a weaving loom, cooking by a fireplace, and one making a barrel to hold gun powder. It was very... More

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Norwich, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Original homes from this Portsmouth, NH, location. Depicted through different time frames from this area - 17th and 18th century homes lived in through the 1950's. Urban renewal project brought a run down area back to a interesting walk through history. Costumed role-players do an excellent job conversing to you as if you were living during "their" time. Nice Victorian... More

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Arizona
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133 reviews 133 reviews
51 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

There is such History on this site. The house are amazing. It is so nice to see such restoration. Instead of tearing down these home some were moved to this location to be among those homes that were left on this property. We only had one day but the admission is good for two days. If we had not been... More

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Westport, Connecticut
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Although it's a unique place ... most of the building are original and real and in the same spots they were built ... it's very confusing to figure out where anything is, even with the map. Some of the role-players were excellent (Mrs. Goodwin, for example) while others were less so. But the 8-minute video they show you at the... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A great family activity. It's a beautiful museum of historic homes, A must see activity if you have children.

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