Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth New Hampshire 03801
Strawbery Banke Museum’s nearly 10-acre campus, including the historic buildings and historical gardens, is open daily, 10 AM – 5 PM through October 31, 2022.
Tickets are valid for TWO consecutive days. Click here to plan a visit.
Here’s a virtual walk around the 10 acre site: http://strawbery-banke.csrcdev.com
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Enjoy acoustic music amid the summer splendor of Puddle Dock with Strawbery Banke’s popular annual outdoor concert series. Each Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7 PM, a variety of local musicians perform on the open-air stage.
Food and Beverage:
Food and beverage, including beer and wine, are available for purchase. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic dinner. Alcoholic beverages, excluding beer and wine sold through Strawbery Banke’s approved vendor, may not be brought onto the property.
Remember to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as the Museum has limited outdoor patio furniture and picnic tables.
Save the Date!
Vintage & Vine – A Wine Festival in Historic Style (now in its 34th year!)
Saturday, September 10, 2022. Rain or shine
Vintage & Vine, the fine wine and food festival is the main annual fundraiser for Strawbery Banke Museum. The event is championed by the Board of Trustees and takes place when the museum is at its finest, burnished to perfection by the season and the 00thousands of visitors who’ve put Strawbery Banke at the top of the TripAdvisor list of ‘things to do.’
Presenting innovative bites from grills at “center-stage” while dozens of the greater Seacoast’s best chefs and caterers present their best “grazing” specialties. The mini wine auction adds to the excitement of the evening – and the funds raised for Strawbery Banke educational programs and preservation efforts.
Exhibit: “Water has a Memory: Preserving Strawbery Banke and Portsmouth from Sea Level Rise”
Featured exhibit in the Rowland Gallery in the Carter Collections Center
Strawbery Banke Museum’s historic houses are being damaged by the impact of sea level rise. Right now. The “Water has a Memory” exhibit, in partnership with the City of Portsmouth, invites visitors to learn how history is impacting the present and future, understand the problems, and learn proactive ways to adopt local, regional, national, and international initiatives to address sea level rise.
Open daily May 1 – October 31, 2022, in the Rowland Gallery. The exhibit is included with general museum admission.
Whether you’re interested in the history of the Puddle Dock neighborhood, the historic houses, or the museum’s gardens and historic landscapes, click on the link below for a virtual tour that will transport you to this historic waterfront neighborhood.
Link for Virtual tour: https://www.strawberybanke.org/virtual-tour.cfm
Video Overview of Strawbery Banke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uAe5CGgk8I&feature=em-upload_owner
Strawbery Banke has a virtual classroom: https://strawberybankemuseum.wordpress.com
Programs for Homeschoolers and Remote Learners: https://strawberybankemuseum.wordpress.com/history-at-home/?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_4_3_2020_7_59_COPY_01)&mc_cid=9f038c2719&mc_eid=72c611c719#Homedays
The Historic Houses :
Strawbery Banke is unique among outdoor history museums in presenting a complete neighborhood’s evolution over 300+ years, with most of the 37 historic buildings on their original foundations. These structures link visitors to the people who lived on the Portsmouth waterfront from 1695 to 1954.
Strawbery Banke Museum began as a “save our history” effort by the citizens of Portsmouth. In the late 1950s, Puddle Dock, an area of dilapidated homes near the Piscataqua River was targeted for urban renewal. All the “substandard” homes in Puddle Dock — some of which dated back to the 1600s — were to to torn down and replaced with modern buildings. That was until city librarian Dorothy Vaughn addressed the Portsmouth Rotary Club one day in 1957.
That day Vaughn “laid it on the line” for the Rotary Club, telling them that every time one of the old houses was torn or an antique piece of Portsmouth furniture shipped out of town, the city was losing its past. The Rotary Club was galvanized into action, and while Puddle Dock did undergo urban renewal, much of it has been saved as a historic museum.
Link to the Historic Houses: http://www.strawberybanke.org/houses/historic-houses.cfm
Link to the website: https://www.strawberybanke.org
Image Credits: strawberybanke.org unless otherwise noted