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Strawbery Banke Museum

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Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4669
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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Magical Moments in Time

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
Dover, New Hampshire
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Dover, New Hampshire
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 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!

Thank Hallie46
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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 

Thank Tom G
Winston Salem, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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.

Thank Nick M
West Orange, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This museum is more involved and extensive than its initial impression. They do a good job in their presentation. A nice feature is the 2day admission because it is extensive and a return visit if possible can expand the appreciation of all that is there.

Thank verwO2013
South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I think people should be aware that this is really more of a museum than a tourist attraction. It is really not commercialized all. As such it is interesting, but understated. A short movie, some interesting, but unspectacular gardens, and a dozen or so historic homes you can enter, plus a number that you cannot, as they are privately owned.... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

When planning our trip to New England the Strawbery Banke Museum was not on the list of things to do however we visited following a recommendation and were not disappointed. The entry fee is very reasonable ($19.50) and you can spend as long as you like once inside. The ‘Museum’ is made up of a number of houses that are... More 

1 Thank Chimp1972
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The ticket you buy allows you admission for two consecutive days. We were able to see what we wanted in one day. The weather was a bit cool, yet quite comfortable. We found it interesting to learn about the variety of people/heritage who came to the Portsmouth area and the architectural differences over time/social economic status.

Thank JSES10
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We had never heard of Strawberry Banke, and were so glad it was recommended to us. What a gem! It's a step back in time with homes from the 1700's to 1800'open to view, with several re-enactors on site to add to the fun and gorgeous gardens to stroll through. Highly recommend it.

1 Thank Diane M
Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Do not miss this outdoor museum! We spent about 2 hours there and could have stayed longer. The docents are friendly and interesting. Some of them live on property. Beautiful and fascinating!!

1 Thank baygirl
missoula, mt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I recommend starting your visit with the short video in the visitor center as it helps understand the history of the site. I had difficulty with the wifi "stop an scan" option that would have been really nice as the one little audio that I could hear was interesting. However, you don't have to pay for the audio stops you... More 

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