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Strawbery Banke Museum

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Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03802
Phone Number: +1 603-433-1102
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Great bit of local history

although much of the property was closed for the season there was a guided tour of four homes of different periods each

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Orleans, Massachusetts, United States
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Orleans, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

although much of the property was closed for the season there was a guided tour of four homes of different periods each

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Attention to detail in these houses is great. All buildings are original and others transferred here. Great stories and engagement opportunities with brilliant volunteers sharing information. Nice cafe for drinks and cake afterwards.

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Rye Beach, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a step into the early 1600's with all the authentic antiques...the quides are worth their weight in gold and the stories are amazing

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Bowral, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looking for some understanding of how the town developed, and this sort of gave a good background. Afternoon harbour cruise gave a much better feel, especially being able to go out past the harbour mouth, and get to look back to see why the harbour is so effective.

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is very well presented and easy to tour. It occupies the site of the original town of Portsmouth with a variety of buildings to visit. Some houses are still occupied so not all are open to the public, but a system of flags make the available buildings easy to identify. Tickets are issued for two days so that... More 

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

Thanks for visiting, John and Maggie! You will be happy to learn that The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke is now under construction and will be offering demonstrations and hands-on boat-building programs by next summer. I'm disappointed that it sounds as though you didn't catch the new exhibit "Port of Portsmouth: War, Trade & Travel" -- the first true permanent exhibit... More 

Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many living history sites, such as Colonial Williamsburg, concentrate on only one specific era. Strawberry Banke is different. It lets you see the entire history of the neighborhood from its beginnings as a colonial settlement, through its heyday as a fashionable upper middle-class community,its years as a haven for European immigrants, and the community experience through World War II and... More 

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This reminded me of Williamsburg. It is a wonderful way to spend a day or more walking through history. I didn't realize there would be so many buildings and some of them had docents in character and time period. Very interesting.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is nothing quite like the Candlelight Stroll at Strawberry Banke. Young and old pass through time from the sea captains of past to 1950 with a magical experience! Spend a holiday celebration enjoying these beautiful restored homes with docents, sweet smell of cider, and candlelight. A joy for all ages!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful living history exhibit of the architectural history of Portsmouth. We enjoyed going through all the different houses dating from the late 1600's into the 20th century. The docents were very helpful in describing details of the houses/owners. Most of the recreators were genuine and effective, but several seemed put off (and probably need to find a... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were in town for one day and didn't regret spending 2-3 hours here. History geeks will appreciate the historic neighborhood isn't dated back to one specific year but depending on the house can be several eras to tell the town's story. Also appreciated attention to showcasing UNrestored houses as well.

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