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Strawbery Banke Museum

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Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03802
Phone Number: 16034331102
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Museum houses open in December only for Candlelight Stroll: Saturdays Dec...

Museum houses open in December only for Candlelight Stroll: Saturdays Dec 12 and 19, 5-9 pm and Sundays, December 13 and 20, 4-8 pm. Guided Holiday House Tours offered Dec 26-31, 10 am to 2 pm with last tour starting at 2 pm.

Labrie Family Skate outdoor ice rink at the museum is open daily 9 am to 9 pm (except for occasional private rentals).

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Amazing, Must See Historical Destination

Wow. That was our overwhelmed response after walking through this phenomenal place. We accidentally went, it wasn't in our plans but we thought, hey, it looks interesting! So glad... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Melinda P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wow. That was our overwhelmed response after walking through this phenomenal place. We accidentally went, it wasn't in our plans but we thought, hey, it looks interesting! So glad we made time to go here. Lots of neat historical houses are restored in various forms and open for tour. There are historical role-players to take you back to different time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I walk through the grounds several times, and I've done the actual tour. I love doing the Christmas candlelight stroll. They added an ice rink a few years ago. Strawbery Banke is a great living museum -- the Colonial structures are wonderful, and visiting them makes it easy to imagine what it was like in the old days. The cafe... More 

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a great place to go to while in Portsmouth. The interactive museum was informative and entertaining. My husband I learned a lot and were amazed at how well everything was preserved.

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Thank Linda P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had never heard of this "outdoor museum" before. Similar in flavor to the Greenfield Village attraction in Dearborn, Michigan, this is a self-guided walking tour of homes and businesses that date back to the late 1600's, all restored to as close to original as possible. A most fascinating adventure! Do it!

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Boston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We happened to arrive shortly before a tour was about to start and although initially we chose to just walk around on our own (which is free!) we changed our mind and decided a tour would be interesting - it was. The tour guide was knowledgeable and clearly loved her job and this 'neighborhood'. You really do a get a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great way to spend a day. I could come back 5 more times and never see it all or tire of it! Definitely a must do for all ages when visiting Portsmouth!

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Northfield, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a great concept. Houses from many periods of history are all located in the same park, where they were originally. They are decorated in period style and usually include knowledgeable workers, in period costume, who share amazing stories about events that occurred in the house.

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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went late one afternoon and it turns out that such a ticket then becomes good for the next day as well. So we went when they opened in the morning as well. These times turned out to be perfect because there were no crowds, which I suspect could be a problem at other times. The best places to go... More 

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

It's hard to fully review this because we were there during the winter and it didn't seem as active as it is during spring/summer/fall. But it was very cool to wander around the grounds and see the old houses and yards of the area. The skating rink looks cool too but a little too expensive

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Stephanie S, Public Relations Manager at Strawbery Banke Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! You're right that the historic houses at Strawbery Banke Museum are not open in the winter (reopening May 1 for the season, thru Oct 31) -- but visitors are able to walk the grounds of the 10-acre historic site and our outdoor ice skating rink, Labrie Family Skate is open 7 days, 9 am to 9 pm.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

A group of historic buildings that trace the settlement from the 1700s. Some of the buildings were closed for the winter, but the 5 we entered on the guided tour were quite interesting, including the Shapiro House, a Jewish family in the early 1900s and a grocery store that puts you back in the 40s, illustrating the rationing during World... More 

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