The American Independence Museum is a historic house museum located in Exeter, New Hampshire. Its 1-acre (0.40 ha) campus includes two buildings: the Ladd-Gilman House, a registered National Historic Landmark built in 1721 by Nathaniel Ladd, and the Folsom Tavern, listed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places and built in 1775 by Colonel Samuel Folsom. The museum was opened in 1991 after a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence known as a Dunlap Broadside was found in the Ladd-Gilman house, 200 years after its arrival in Exeter. It is the centerpiece of the museum’s collection. The museum’s mission is “Connecting America’s Revolutionary past with the present.”A visit to American Independence Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Exeter trip planning app to plot your vacation.
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A small museum but packed with history. There is significance even with many everyday-looking items in the museum so we highly recommend a guided tour. Pam was our guide and she sets the bar very...
A small museum but packed with history. There is significance even with many everyday-looking items in the museum so we highly recommend a guided tour. Pam was our guide and she sets the bar very... more »
Wonderful museum. Knowledgeable docents. Worth a visit.
Great little museum highlighting the Colonial history of Exeter and the colonial era in America in general with a very knowledgeable staff and fun activities They just sponsored a town wide Independence Festival with loads of reenactors firing muskets and canons and showing camp life during the revolution.I hope they sponsor another day next year!
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