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
The museum was closed due to COVID. However we were able to walk around and visit the grounds in the heavy rain. We bought ponchos ahead of time and it helped keep us dry. We would have loved to... more »
Unfortunately all the buildings are closed but you can walk around and see the village and listen a story from volunteers who will greet you at some spots !!! I will definitely come back once... more »
It was interesting to learn the history of Strawberry Banke. I do wish they were able to reproduce essential moments and elements that the strawberry Banke went through. I think in the future as they restore more buildings for the public to visit it will be better. Overall the tour itself was lacking but the well kept grounds helped make up for it.
This isn't your typical "museum". You'll be transported through the history of Portsmouth while you walk around to the different buildings, which are all staged to depict different times in history. There are people in character in many of the buildings, who are there to share stories. My favorite was talking to a gentleman who actually lived there in the 50's and talked about running the streets and eventually becoming a drummer. I'm glad we added this to our trip.
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