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“History Right Before Your Eyes”

Strawbery Banke Museum
Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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).
Reviewed August 25, 2013

We went in and out of different homes and shops all from different centuries. There were many interesting presentations. I especially enjoyed chatting with children that were outside in the street. They were trained to discuss things from the century they represented. They were friendly and adorable!

Thank Francenekb
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

I think that they did a very good job in the houses but on the streets and just walking around they should have it be much more filled with characters.

Thank Mikaela S
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Great family place like a mini Williamsburg. The staff is super sweet and informative. The interactive guides were lots of fun too. Get there early and spend the afternoon.

1  Thank Caitlin H
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

For an interesting glimpse of what Portsmouth and New Hampshire looked like 400 years ago, this is the place. We almost passed coming here as it was raining and this is an outdoor experience. We are so glad we came here. The museum is in one of America's oldest continuously occupied neighborhoods. It consists of authentically restored houses and shops, beautiful gardens and costumed role players of people who lived here from Colonial times to the 1940’s.

The grounds weren’t very crowded by the time we got there so we practically had the whole place to ourselves. We first went in the visitor’s center to see a short film on the museum then with map in hand, wandered around.

One of the houses we came across and entered was the Shapiro House. It is a 20th-century home of the Russian-Jewish immigrant Shapiro family. Built c. 1795. They lived in the house from 1909 to 1928. We sat at the kitchen table with Mrs. Shapiro as she cooked and told us tales of her life here in America. It was very interesting and we enjoyed ourselves very much. We chatted for at least ½ hr. This lady re-enactor was terrific right down to her Yiddish accent.

Also exciting to go into was the old Sherburne House. A 17th-century house built c. 1695/1703. Our time was very limited so we weren’t able to see as much as we would have liked. If you are in Portsmouth, take the time and spend at least a half a day at this wonderful living history museum.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Wonderful homes and other buildings - costumed knowledgeable docents - fun games - gorgeous gardens - admissions price good for two consecutive days - a MUST to see!

1  Thank SeabirdVermont
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