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Strawbery Banke Museum

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Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4669
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+1 603-433-1102
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Must See - Not just for Kids or Field Trips!

We were a bit concerned this would be more of an attraction for kids on field trips, but we were pleasantly surprised. As an adult couple, we greatly enjoyed it. We have been to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were a bit concerned this would be more of an attraction for kids on field trips, but we were pleasantly surprised. As an adult couple, we greatly enjoyed it. We have been to many historical sites, including Europe, but have yet to see a site that provides a snapshot of each time period of its life. It was really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Strawbery Banke is an outstanding museum of many houses that are located on the waterfront in Portsmouth, NH. Each of the houses represents different times in history and captures so much of life in those times. Many have people in character who assist the visitors in understanding that period in NH's history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting part of American history. This place is fascinating as you walk from one building to another that has been furnished and restored to the way it was back in the day. Some of houses even have actors who play a role of a housewife or other personality true to character. A lot is known about this time period... More 

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Christiansted, St. Croix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Strawberry Banke is where the city of Portsmouth had its beginning. The houses from the 18th century give a good idea of what life was like then. We went on a free day that was dedicated to the "little people," Artists displayed their fairy houses around the grounds. Small children were there with their angel wings peering into the imaginative... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a 30 year hiatus of lacing up a pair of ice skates, I had a wonderful time ice skating at the Labrie Family outdoor ice rink at Strawbery Banke Museum. This is a top notch outdoor rink facility offering skate rentals, indoor cafe, indoor & outdoor seating and even a Zamboni. Great time for families, couples & even singles.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great visit - fascinating! Enjoyed touring houses, store, and kitchen demonstration. Excellent guides with interesting stories.

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there for the Christmas walk. It is well worth the time. They recommend 1 1/2 to 2 hours. We spent four. The history and people were wonderful. Looking forward to going back in the summer to do it again.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was freezing cold so not sure if this had an impact but it was not as advertised. Not one christmas carol could be heard, no vintage skaters on the pond. It was not very christmasy, it was rather bleak and depressing. Could never get anyone on the phone to answer questions so I ebbed up spending 250 dollars on... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing Candlelight Stroll. Your comments are extremely useful in fine-tuning the event, year to year. We are so sorry you had the experience you described! Yes, the frigid cold, then snow, then temps too warm for ice forced the cancellation of the vintage skaters the last weekend of Stroll. And kept the carolers mostly indoors (though there... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Candlelight stroll is a festive night out. This is a step back in time. each home is from a different era. Actors role play in homes and outside in the areas. If I could suggest 1 idea- display in each home a calender of the month and year. because these homes are different eras I think it helps to know... More 

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White Mountains, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Wonderful evening. Many historical houses with information being given out by informed "characters" Ice skating, bonfire, authentic decorations, carolers and fiddlers, and hot cider with live music. Christmas as it used to be.

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