Learn the history of Portsmouth as you wander through the recreated village of Strawbery Banke Museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this outdoor museum is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the state. You'll have the chance to visit the 40 restored buildings from the 17th to 19th centuries built in Colonial-, Georgian-, and Federal-style architecture. A self-guided tour will take you through the history of this seaport town and teach you about the architecture, heritage plants, traditional crafts, and clothing from the 1600s to the 1950s. As you explore the restored homes through the decades, you will meet costumed interpreters giving demonstrations of everyday activities from days past. Your general admission ticket for the museum buildings is good for two consecutive days. Photographs are allowed of exterior sites; no flash photography is permitted inside the buildings. To visit Strawbery Banke Museum on your trip to Portsmouth, use our Portsmouth vacation planner.
Strawbery Banke Museum Reviews
We went the last week in December for their night time Christmas event. WOW, it was fantastic. They lit the street ways with candles, cooking demonstrations, Carolers in the streets, and Jolly old Sai... more »
We travel a lot and always find something historical to tour. After ice skating we took the historical homes tour which was about and hour and a half long. It was an interesting tour mostly because wh... more »
We recently got married at Strawbery Banke outside in the garden in the middle of winter. The event coordinator, Wendy, was excellent to work with & she went above & beyond to accommodate our off-season wedding. I’d truly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a spot in downtown Portsmouth to host a ceremony. It was affordable & customer service was awesome!
A massive campus featuring interpretive, and interactive historical experiences. Being a history buff, I regularly visit Strawbery Banke every year, which is located within Portsmouth Village. There are so many historical buildings and knowledgeable people portraying actual historical figures from the area you'll feel as if you've gone back in time. The living history interpretors do not break character, which is really fun. There's a ton to do during the seasons it's actually open - tours, both self-guided and guided, and lots of demonstrations, lectures, and even films. There's a gift shop, a decent food vendor, and it's in a really nice area not far from downtown Portsmouth. Parking can be tricky to find sometimes. Even in the off season there is ice skating and random events throughout the cold months. Would highly recommend if you love history or just want something new to do or see in the area.
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