Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Step into the past and explore 350+ years of history in the neighborhood of Puddle Dock at Strawbery Banke Museum. Strawbery Banke Museum is unique amongst outdoor history museums in preserving a complete neighborhood’s evolution of over 350 years. The Museum is a real community telling the stories where people lived and worked for hundreds of years. Explore historic houses — most on their original sites — including elegant mansions, working-class homes, a colonial tavern, and a 1940s corner store, immerse yourself in interactive and educational exhibits, meet the faces of history by talking to costumed roleplayers, and experience the historic landscapes and gardens. To plan a visit and for more information, visit StrawberyBanke.org.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Alexandre D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally worth it
    It was very interesting to see all these historical building. I totally recommend visiting this place. It took way more than the 1-2 hours indicated. (plan maybe 3.5 hrs if you want to take your time, and read descriptions of the different objects). The staff was excellent too!.
    E1873CMalexandred, Thank you for your feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you found your visit to Strawbery Banke Museum interesting and worthwhile. We're glad you had a positive experience with our staff, and we hope to welcome you back soon! - Strawbery Banke Museum
    Written 4 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Terri H
    Phoenix, Arizona249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to learn…
    I had a lovely time here. So much history and very educational. Loved learning and exploring all the houses. It was a little warm /humid the day I went. I recommend going when it’s a bit cooler out as most of the houses do not have air conditioning. I would definitely recommend going here if you visit Portsmouth. It was a wonderful experience.
    terrihK9755MZ, Thank you for sharing your experience. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed exploring the history and educational offerings at Strawbery Banke and look forward to welcoming you back soon! - Strawbery Banke Museum
    Written 4 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 July 2023
  • hibz31519
    Tarpon Springs, Florida71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Worth a visit...many (unairconditioned) houses to visit...enjoyed seeing how people lived long ago. several houses had "actors" that were very good at helping us understand what life was like in the 1800's. Water was available and there is a small restaurant. Veterans get in FREE!
    hibz31519, Thank you for sharing your experience! We're glad you found your visit to Strawbery Banke worthwhile and enjoyed exploring the Museum's historic houses. We hope to welcome you back soon. - Strawbery Banke Museum
    Written 4 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Minnesota42
    Osseo, Minnesota225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great!
    Finding the parking lot was a bit tricky with the narrow streets in the area. Parking in the lot is free. This small town historical village type museum was so well done. The houses range in age from the late 1600’s on and have been restored to various years throughout that time, up to and including the 1950’s. There are a few actors scattered throughout that did a great job representing the years that their characters were cast in. There are employees in most of the houses to give more information about the history of the home or business. The short walk to the harbor from the museum will lead you to a quint park of the city with little shops and eateries.
    Minnesota42, Thank you for your feedback! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Strawbery Banke Museum. We apologize for any inconvenience with parking and appreciate your patience. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future! - Strawbery Banke Museum
    Written 4 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Alan4B
    Horsham, Pennsylvania381 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time travel from 1700s to 1950s in 10 acres.
    The museum does an interesting job of showing the history of the historic neighborhood from the time of the revolution to the 20th century. Different buildings were shown at different time periods. Represented the multi-ethnic and multicultural nature of this neighborhood. The docents in each house were real informative. Liked that they did not have long prepared speeches. This way we were able to talk to them and ask questions about what interested us and just walk though homes that did not. The Shapiro house where a Ukrainian Jewish family lived around the beginning of the 20th century and the WWII era “grocery store” had particularly interesting guides on our trip. We ended up spending about 2 hours walking around.
    Alan4B, Thank you for sharing your experience! We're delighted to hear that you found our interpreters informative and enjoyed exploring at your own pace. We hope you'll return soon. - Strawbery Banke Museum
    Written 4 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Richard S
    Angmering, United Kingdom769 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of historical preservation
    What a great museum, showcasing the gsitory of this important New Hampshire Town. To be able to explore the different buildings and learn the individual histories and how it fits into the wider context of the arra was really interesting. What was really good was how the museum took you through the ages, from pre-settlers right up to the 1950's. This is a great day out!
    207RichardS, Thank you for your kind words about Strawbery Banke! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed exploring the historic houses at the museum and learning about their individual histories. We hope you'll return for another visit soon! - Strawbery Banke Museum
    Written 4 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 October 2023
  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, Connecticut2,130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to meander and learn history
    I love going to outdoor history museums like this, as they offer a really unique perspective on history that you don't get from the history books. We loved wandering around the gigantic property, exploring the multiple houses and learning about over 350 years of history of the region. I appreciated that they also included Indigenous history (not just colonizer/settler history). We also liked watching how various crafts were made. The actors were patient and answered all of our questions. Please note that if you're sensitive to heat, then be mindful of when you come here - houses are in their original state and do not have air conditioning.
    dustythoughts, Thank you for sharing your positive experience at Strawbery Banke Museum! We're glad you enjoyed exploring over 350 years of history, including Indigenous perspectives and traditional craft demonstrations. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future! - Strawbery Banke Museum
    Written 4 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2024
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I love going to outdoor history museums like this, as they offer a really unique perspective on history that you don't get from the history books. We loved wandering around the gigantic property, exploring the multiple houses and learning about over 350 years of history of the region. I appreciated that they also included Indigenous history (not just colonizer/settler history). We also liked watching how various crafts were made. The actors were patient and answered all of our questions. Please note that if you're sensitive to heat, then be mindful of when you come here - houses are in their original state and do not have air conditioning.
Written 3 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
dustythoughts, Thank you for sharing your positive experience at Strawbery Banke Museum! We're glad you enjoyed exploring over 350 years of history, including Indigenous perspectives and traditional craft demonstrations. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future! - Strawbery Banke Museum
Written 4 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

NHjo
Saco, ME12,219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We took a 'self-guided' tour at Strawbery Banke -- you can stroll through the Museum grounds in late February but none of the houses and other structures are open unless it's a special event. We always enjoy looking at the historic architecture, especially the Goodwin House, the Daniel Webster House, and the supposedly haunted Chase House. The Museum's chicken coop had about 20-30 beautiful robust hens flocking about.
Written 2 March 2024
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NHjo, Thank you for sharing your experience at Strawbery Banke Museum and we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed strolling through the grounds. We hope you'll join us again when the historic houses are open for the season (spring through fall)! - Strawbery Banke Museum
Written 4 June 2024
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Gary W
Wakefield, MA353 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We had attended the Candle Light Stroll about 7 years ago and really enjoyed it. Unable to return over the past years I was finally excited to attend this year. In the past the houses were filled with actors who discussed in character the house and interwove the history of the time frame they were portraying.

When we attended this year it was a mass of confusion for us. First we went to the table and checked in with our ticket. That was it. We were given no further information just there is the door. We went out as others did to a mass of confusion. We had not list of houses etc to follow and no idea where or how many houses were part of the program. I went back in and asked for a program and a map(silly me, I was used to Chrismas by Candle Light in Sturbridge). The woman in charge said we don't have any you just stroll! Seriously ? Is it me. It's dark, I have not been there in years and I am supposed to just "stroll"? As we walked around and entered the houses I noticed the lack of character actors and the lack of attention to detail. First we went to the Shapiro house. In the past " Mrs. Shapiro" was actually sitting at a table and making potato Latkes. Not here there was a table of fake food and Mr. Shapiro who asked us were we came from and then proceeded to tell us how my city was full of tall buildings. Should I ask what this had to do with Hanukkah?

We then visited the other houses as we stumbled from house to house never knowing if we were missing something. One of the places on the "stroll" was a walk to a trellis type thing. Again really? In one house the in and out door was the same. The " daughter was getting ready for a ball." As she stood on the steps and spoke to the visitors I noticed her high top sneakers. Did they have sneakers in the 1800s and would one wear the to a ball? In the house with the tin lanterns the re-enactor was talking to some of his friends dressed in street clothes about people they new in common completely ignoring the guests, not to mention wrecking the vibe they were supposed to be going for. I could go on and on but I think my point is made!

I forgot to mention we were not able to park in the lot but had to find parking elsewhere any where? Tell me that was not difficult in Portsmouth during Christmas Season. We parked in a dirt lot that we later found out was for the facilities people at Strawberry Bank . Even more annoying was that we were boxed in and one of the facilities employees had to direct us out!

This was a HUGE disappointment and frankly I spent the whole time making improvements in my mind in both the logistics and the quality of the "performers" in the houses. This was poorly done and a shadow of what it had been 7 years ago! I had gone thinking to have a even better experience only to have a much lesser one. Never again. I have been spoiled by Christmas by Candle Light at OSV. Perhaps the SB should take a page from their book on quality holiday experiences.
Written 21 December 2023
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Hi GaryW18, Thank you for sharing your detailed feedback about your visit to Candlelight Stroll. We are sorry to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations, especially considering your fond memories from your visit seven years ago. We strive to create an immersive and enjoyable experience for all our guests, and it is clear that we fell short during your visit. Your comments regarding the lack of guidance and insufficient information are deeply concerning. We regret that these issues caused confusion and detracted from your overall experience. Regarding the parking situation, we understand the frustration it caused, especially during the busy holiday season. We apologize for the inconvenience and will work on better communication and parking arrangements in the future. We appreciate your feedback on the specific areas where we can improve. We will be reviewing your comments with our team to ensure these issues are addressed promptly for this year's event. - Strawbery Banke Museum
Written 4 June 2024
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Nate080411
Nashua, NH1,014 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We went to the Strawberry Banke holiday stroll this year and it was a very interesting way to see the Museum. I am not naturally someone who would enjoy this type of living museum experience but seeing it at the holiday time really was a much better way. Very festive, great actors in the rooms and an overall delightful feeling. I would recommend this for anyone looking to take a step back in time. It is hard to believe it is walking distance from downtown Portsmouth. For the holiday element in particular, I loved the ice skating performances, those were great.
Written 3 December 2023
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Dear Nate080411, Thank you for sharing your experience at Candlelight Stroll! We appreciate your recommendation and are glad you enjoyed the holiday elements that made the visit special. We always strive to enhance our visitors' experiences and would love to know how to improve further. If you have any specific suggestions on what we could do to earn a higher rating from you, please feel free to share your thoughts by contacting us at info@sbmuseum.org. We hope to welcome you back to the museum soon! - Strawbery Banke Museum
Written 4 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Richard S
Angmering, UK769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
What a great museum, showcasing the gsitory of this important New Hampshire Town. To be able to explore the different buildings and learn the individual histories and how it fits into the wider context of the arra was really interesting. What was really good was how the museum took you through the ages, from pre-settlers right up to the 1950's.

This is a great day out!
Written 17 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
207RichardS, Thank you for your kind words about Strawbery Banke! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed exploring the historic houses at the museum and learning about their individual histories. We hope you'll return for another visit soon! - Strawbery Banke Museum
Written 4 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alan4B
Horsham, PA381 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The museum does an interesting job of showing the history of the historic neighborhood from the time of the revolution to the 20th century. Different buildings were shown at different time periods. Represented the multi-ethnic and multicultural nature of this neighborhood. The docents in each house were real informative. Liked that they did not have long prepared speeches. This way we were able to talk to them and ask questions about what interested us and just walk though homes that did not. The Shapiro house where a Ukrainian Jewish family lived around the beginning of the 20th century and the WWII era “grocery store” had particularly interesting guides on our trip. We ended up spending about 2 hours walking around.
Written 13 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Alan4B, Thank you for sharing your experience! We're delighted to hear that you found our interpreters informative and enjoyed exploring at your own pace. We hope you'll return soon. - Strawbery Banke Museum
Written 4 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Minnesota42
Osseo, MN225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Finding the parking lot was a bit tricky with the narrow streets in the area. Parking in the lot is free. This small town historical village type museum was so well done. The houses range in age from the late 1600’s on and have been restored to various years throughout that time, up to and including the 1950’s. There are a few actors scattered throughout that did a great job representing the years that their characters were cast in. There are employees in most of the houses to give more information about the history of the home or business. The short walk to the harbor from the museum will lead you to a quint park of the city with little shops and eateries.
Written 27 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Minnesota42, Thank you for your feedback! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Strawbery Banke Museum. We apologize for any inconvenience with parking and appreciate your patience. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future! - Strawbery Banke Museum
Written 4 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Harmonicaharold
Philadelphia, PA1,415 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
After receiving a very warm recommendation, we changed our roadtrip and were a bit disappointed. We expected a little more interaction. If the tavern would sell beer, that would be great or if the restaurant or cafe would be open, we would have stayed the day to explore more. On the very hot summer day, we just wanted to leave. Parking is free at the main entrance.
Written 21 August 2023
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Harold J, Thank you for sharing your feedback about your visit to Strawbery Banke Museum. We appreciate your decision to adjust your road trip plans but are sorry to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations. Your suggestions will be shared with our management team as we continually seek to improve offerings. If you have any further suggestions, please contact us at info@sbmuseum.org. We value your input and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. - Strawbery Banke Museum
Written 4 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

hibz31519
Tarpon Springs, FL71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Worth a visit...many (unairconditioned) houses to visit...enjoyed seeing how people lived long ago. several houses had "actors" that were very good at helping us understand what life was like in the 1800's. Water was available and there is a small restaurant. Veterans get in FREE!
Written 6 August 2023
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hibz31519, Thank you for sharing your experience! We're glad you found your visit to Strawbery Banke worthwhile and enjoyed exploring the Museum's historic houses. We hope to welcome you back soon. - Strawbery Banke Museum
Written 4 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Terri H
Phoenix, AZ249 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I had a lovely time here. So much history and very educational. Loved learning and exploring all the houses. It was a little warm /humid the day I went. I recommend going when it’s a bit cooler out as most of the houses do not have air conditioning. I would definitely recommend going here if you visit Portsmouth. It was a wonderful experience.
Written 12 July 2023
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terrihK9755MZ, Thank you for sharing your experience. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed exploring the history and educational offerings at Strawbery Banke and look forward to welcoming you back soon! - Strawbery Banke Museum
Written 4 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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