American Lives: Timeline of American History
Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Start a week-long celebration of American heritage by meeting the widest range of historic interpretation presented anywhere. Dozens of costumed re-enactors and living history performers, presenting American history from 1602 to 1945, join the museum's roleplayers for interactions all day long across the campus.  The event is included with regular daily admission. For admission tickets, please click here

Guest reenactors and history performers include (program):


1940’s Style Swing Dance 
Wednesday, July 3rd, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Jump, jive and swing to the music of the Beantown Swing Orchestra at a 1940s-style swing dance. Dance Lessons (free instruction with a ticket to the dance) start at 6:00 pm and the band boogies from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.  Then watch the Portsmouth fireworks display from the vantage point of Strawbery Banke. Members $10. Non-Members $20. For tickets, click here.


Old-Fashioned Field Day and Naturalization Ceremony: Thursday, July 4th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Ceremony at 11:00 pm

Admission free all day thanks to support from Wilcox Industries!

Naturalization Ceremony, 11:00 am

Celebrate America by welcoming new citizens at the US Naturalization Ceremony. A Museum favorite, come feel reinvigorated by the joy and patriotism shared by those who make their own special day on their new nation’s birthday.

Old-Fashioned Field Day, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Learn games played throughout the centuries as part of Strawbery Banke’s Old Fashioned Field Day. Visitors are invited to play a round of croquet, test their skill at marbles, have fun with hula hoops, and collect ribbons at 10 different games all over the museum grounds.

Patriotic parade around the museum grounds at 2 pm. Kids are invited to decorate their bikes, wagons, or hats from 10:00 am until the parade starts. Bike parade presented with assistance from:


The Museum is open daily, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. During a visit families enjoy:

  • Furnished houses representing 300+ years of history
  • Costumed role-players
  • Victorian Fairy Houses
  • Guided garden tours
  • Demonstrations of weaving, colonial hearth-cooking, basket weaving, and more.
  • Enjoy refreshments at Figtree Café at Strawbery Banke, and a delightful shopping experience for adults and kids at Pickwick’s at the Banke.

As a Blue Star Museum, Strawbery Banke admits active duty military and their families FREE. Strawbery Banke also admits veterans free.

Additional support from Appledore Medical Group, BAE, Eastern BankExeter Hospital, and Fidelity as well as annual sponsors R.M. Davis and Proulx Oil & Gas. Marshall Rental provides in-kind support.