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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
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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
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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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While fun, this museum could use more young people as docents or enactors.

It was horribly hot out so dress down as there are no fans and ac in many of The areas you visit here. The gardens are beautiful and delightful. There are many types of herbs... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 21, 2016
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Cheshire, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

It was horribly hot out so dress down as there are no fans and ac in many of The areas you visit here. The gardens are beautiful and delightful. There are many types of herbs, vegetables and flowers-all very well kept. Houses and shops were interesting and the back story about the area was amazing. Would have liked to see... More 

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

Thanks for visiting, pjmmom! You will be happy to learn that a new crop of Junior Roleplayers will be more in evidence as the summer and special events progress. Having trained extensively in interpreting their roles as young family members in many of the historic houses, they can't wait to start! More 

Eliot, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

Great museum of period homes. Especially nice during candlelight tours that start in November. Enjoyed visiting homes and stores from various time periods in the U.S. with volunteers dressed in period clothing, from 1700's to 1950's.

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Newington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

Strawberry Banke was the original name of Portsmouth. The village is all original buildings (except 1), covering the history form the late 1600's to the 1950's. Wonderful information about architecture, period gardens etc. Many of the the tour docents are in character for a particular time period. Passes you buy are good for 2 days so you do not have... More 

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Laconia, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

I stopped by on Sunday. It was a bright, beautiful day with a slight breeze from the ocean. A perfect day to tour the buildings. I watched the short film in the visitor's center for some background information. The young woman who handed me the map after the film was very knowledgeable. I wish there were more role players on... More 

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Bolton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

If you like learning about how people used to live, this is a great place to explore. Loved their interpretive actors, where it was fun to try and talk to them about the time period they were representing...not an easy thing to do as you can't converse with them with knowledge from our time period. Highlights for me, were the... More 

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York, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Good history lesson for kids. In the winter, go skating at their rink, it has cheap skate rentals and is popular with locals.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

If you are interested in New England history and colonial buildings this is a must see. It takes you back to historical time. The people in some of the buildings playing the part of actual people that lived there is worth the visit. Makes it so realistic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed exploring this neighborhood and seeing all of the preserved houses brought back to life. There were many friendly employees spread across the neighborhood to fill you in on bits of history and answer any questions you might have along the way. The weaving demonstration was extremely fun. There was also a cooking demo as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016

We were so busy during the day that could not get here until the early evening. By then the staff and crowds have gone home and we could walk around with out tickets. What a beautiful and historical place. Just doing the grounds was enough for us without getting inside the homes. Great for photos!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Went here driving through NH. It's worth it! Very neat to walk through all the historic houses and see the history through the different time periods. People dress up and tell stories of past residents as well. Very beautiful area as well!

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