Last updated: 3/3/2012
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Street Address
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 300
Portsmouth, NH 03802
phone: 603-433-1100
e-mail: info@strawberybanke.org
web: www.strawberybanke.org
Admissions

May 1 - Oct 31: Adults - $15.00, Seniors - $14.00, Youth (ages 5 to 17) - $10.00, Family - $35.00, Children (4 and under) - free;

Nov 1 - Apr 30: Adults - $10.00, Seniors - $9.00, Youth (ages 5 to 17) - $5.00, Family - $25.00, Children (4 and under) - free

Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Cafe/Restaurant
Group Tours
Staff
Lawrence J. Yerdon, President
phone: 603-433-1100
Greg Brackett, Events Manager
phone: 603-422-7502
Stephanie Seacord, Director of Marketing Communications
phone: 603-433-1102
Elizabeth Farish, Chief Curator
phone: 603-422-7526
John Forti, Curator of Historic Landscapes
phone: 603-433-1108
Jon Brown, Manager of Visitor Services
phone: 603-433-1110
Bekki Coppola, Director of Educations
phone: 603-422-7541
Bekki Coppola, Director of Educations
phone: 603-422-7541
Mike Walzak, Director of Finance
phone: 603-422-7158
Gregg Keene, Store Manager
phone: 603-433-1126
Description

This 10-acre living history museum depicts 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood in downtown Portsmouth NH. Costumed role-players, working craftsmen, special exhibits, hands-on family activities, historical gardens and special historical interest programs enliven 38 buildings across the grounds. Signature holiday events: An American Celebration July 4, NH Fall Festival, Vintage & Vine wine tasting, PASSPORT beer & culinary festival, Ghosts on the Banke family Halloween and Candlelight Stroll (first 3 weekends in Dec) an anchor of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth.

Exhibitions

Each year a different featured exhibit supplements the permanent exhibits in the interpreted houses. Contact museum curator at 603-433-1100 for information on loaned exhibits.

Conservation Questions?

Contact museum archaeologist Sheila Charles, scharles@strawberybanke.org

History

Visitors to Strawbery Banke have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked in this typical American neighborhood through nearly four centuries of history. Using restored houses, featured exhibits, historic landscapes and gardens, and interpretive programs, Strawbery Banke tells the stories of the many generations who settled in this Portsmouth, New Hampshire "Puddle Dock" community from the late l7th to the mid-20th century.

Significantly, this site was rescued from the poorly conceived urban renewal policies of the 1950s by conscientious, far sighted citizens. Always maintaining its grass roots origins, there has been no single benefactor underwriting its existence. Strawbery Banke has relied upon and continues to rely upon the generous support of numerous individuals who believe in the importance of preserving a site that so accurately depicts the history of immigrants transforming themselves into a community of American citizens.

The collections, and the furnished houses in which they reside, are the context in which Strawbery Banke's stories are told, reenacted, and displayed. These historic objects from across the centuries are the living history that visitors come to see, and, from them, they gain a new appreciation for the significance of the lives that have gone before.

Artifact Collections

300 years of material culture artifacts related to Portsmouth NH and its residents.

Educational Programs

Educational workshops for grade school students and teachers, educational history vacation camps for children 4-17, docent and volunteer training, guided tours, lecture programs. Please see website for details.

Facilities

Lecture Halls

Performance Areas

Publications

Bi-annual members' newsletter.

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