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Address: 1 Governors Ln, Exeter, NH 03833-2420
Phone Number: 603/772-2622

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The not-so-obvious first brick house

There was so much history of the US before it was the US. I didn't plan on taking the tour, but I was pleasantly surprised that I got a private tour. I learned so much and my... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Lucy O
Pembroke, Virginia

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Lake Worth, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to the museum specifically to see one of only 26 of the original existing original Dunlap Broadside printed copies of the Declaration of Independence from July 4, 1776. As seniors we each paid $5 for the privilege. Instead, on display is a reproduction. Apparently the original was found in the attic of the NH State Treasury building in... More 

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Pembroke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was so much history of the US before it was the US. I didn't plan on taking the tour, but I was pleasantly surprised that I got a private tour. I learned so much and my guide was in costume and was so knowledgeable. I am glad I was about to have the tour because there are so many... More 

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Brandon, VT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

A friend's daughter is doing her college summer internship in this museum (and LOVING it) this summer so I took that as an opportunity to visit the museum & stay for the weekend in Exeter. How fascinating & wonderful this museum is. Some of the rare historical things they have in their possession are incredible. One of the 3 purple... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

We visited the museum midweek and had a fabulous tour by a gentleman in a historic outfit who explained each room in the museum, showed us the historic documents owned by the museum explaining these were copies due to the value of the originals. We'd never heard of the Society of the Cincinnati so enjoyed learning about that group which... More 

Thank RVtraveller2016
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2015

Cool to be re-educated with the Federal history and to be proud of being an American. Think of our heritage and our responsibilities.

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2015

Visited with my brother and his lady friend this past week when they were visiting from California. We were amazed: artifacts that were well presented, the explanation of the importance of Exeter in our nations development, and the properly preserved house and tavern. The staff were well versed in the history and details of the building and the people.

Thank Jason K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

What a find ! :-) I had planned to just have a quick look through the exhibits and then be on my way again, but I happened to stumble into an ongoing guided tour (included in the admission fee) which turned out to be so awesome, interesting and touching that I stayed all the way till the end. The tour... More 

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44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2015

This museum is a hidden gem...make sure you take the guided tour to get the most out of it. Nancy, our guide, gave us a two hour tour where she explained how the Gilman family is intertwined with NH and US history. We also got and additional 20 minute tour of the Folsom Tavern. Well worth the $6 admission...$5 for... More 

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exeter, nh
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2015

We visited on the 4th of July and had a great tour and learned so much. Each room of this historic house had a docent who answered questions and told fabulous stories about the people who had lived there and the roles of various historic figures of the American revolution. The tour finished with birthday cake, because it was the... More 

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Londonderry, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2015

Loved it all. He knew so much and made it interesting patiently answering all of our questions. It wasn't huge but they had a lot of important material and objects from the period.

2 Thank Cheryl K

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