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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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Candle light stroll

Very fun and informative night with lovely characters from years past. I would highly recommend skating on puddle dock pond.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 December 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Very fun and informative night with lovely characters from years past. I would highly recommend skating on puddle dock pond.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Their candlelight stroll is a great way to get in the holiday mood. This living history museum does the christmas of yesteryear thing with candlelight luminiers, bonfire, wandering carol singers and snacks to be found. A pricy ticket for sure but a good time had by all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

What a fun treat! The place is reminiscent of Sturbridge Village ~ There's an ice skating rink, a couple dressed in authentic costumes were ice dancing! The houses were most interesting. Great fun evening and lots of families were there as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Four of us attended the Sunday evening stroll. The place always looks great but at night, decorated for the holidays and with "interpeters" dressed in period costume and sharing Christmas traditions from colonial times to the mid 20th century it was magical. Horses, coach rides add to the effect. Bon fires and public skating with occasional costumed skaters rounded out... More 

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Orleans, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 25 November 2016

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 23 November 2016

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

Thanks for visiting! So glad you enjoyed Strawbery Banke and all the stories of the Puddle Dock neighborhood of Portsmouth, from 1695 through 1954! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

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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