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Strawbery Banke Museum

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Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4669
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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A Pleasant, Virtual Walk back in History

The museum is expensive ($!7.50 per senior) but worth every penny of that cost. When the village homes are open there is a flag in front of that building. The docents working the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Easthampton MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is expensive ($!7.50 per senior) but worth every penny of that cost. When the village homes are open there is a flag in front of that building. The docents working the museum are in period costume, vocabulary, and activities. The docents make you feel welcome from being there in 1700s or being there during WWII when Portsmouth was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked around to view these large homes during a very heated day; the poor, staff suffering in their period costumes. They were all very knowledgeable about the house they curated for. The tavern had a lot of historical information. You can leave the park to take a break and eat, or like us, cool off while wearing your ticket.... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been here on many a occasion and Strawberry Banke never fails to stir the history that lives inside. The History of the time, the history of the people and the history of Portsmouth are all here to explore and to enjoy. Take the full day and spend it with those who have gone before

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great way to spend an afternoon or day - historical and fun. Right near the water, too. Self guided or guided with many/most buildings having someone actually making a craft and demonstrating it right there. There are several things to keep kids attention although I'd say at least 7 o 8 years old to keep their attention

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic place to visit. Plan to spend several hours going from house to house. Along the way you move through different eras and you learn a lot too. The docents are terrific. The houses are wonderful. I highly recommend Strawberry Banke.

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Scituate, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Portsmouth historical society has done a great job of freezing the city in time. Original houses and ways of life are captured in this small village.

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

Thanks for your review and 5-star rating! But I did want to clarify that Strawbery Banke Museum is an independent non-profit and the preservation of the 10-acre site and 32 historic buildings are thanks to tireless efforts since 1958 by the Museum board, staff, members and allies. We are not the historical society. More 

Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you are a history lover, this is the place. The museum includes a variety of original homes which reflect the mix of immigrants that came to Portsmouth in the 1700's.

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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Extraordinarily well preserved (with most buildings still on their original foundations) The Strawberry Banke Museum provides a chance to not only leave the hustle and bustle of the Market Square/Congress Street behind but, with some imagination, leave the 21st Century behind. Granted, the admission ($39 for 2 adults) is a bit steep but all in all a reasonable value. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really cool stop if you are in the Portsmouth area. It's like going back into a time machine and watching a town change before your eyes. The actors and actresses do a really good job providing insight and staying in character. It's great for kids to really get a good idea of how things used to be.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was expecting an actual, working period village. While it is interesting it is people telling you the history of the different houses.

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

Thank you for visiting Strawbery Banke Museum. You're right that this living history museum is not the typical Old Sturbridge Village or Colonial Williamsburg created to portray a specific historical period. Strawbery Banke tells the history of Portsmouth NH 1695 through 1954 in the actual houses and families that have formed this waterfront neighborhood. It consists of 32 buildings on... More 

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