Strawbery Banke Museum offers unique spaces and historical settings for a wide variety of special events from small private gatherings and meetings to weddings and large corporate functions.

Puddle Dock

Puddle Dock was once a large tidal inlet that allowed ships to dock right beside buildings at high tide. Today, Puddle Dock is an expansive lawn within the Museum grounds.

The space can accommodate tents up to 80 x 140 and as many as 3,000 guests for festivals, corporate, family and social events.

MUSIC LIMITATIONS:  Because of the close proximity to the neighborhood, we are not able to host traditional wedding receptions with music / dancing.  Receptions and dinners with soft background music are allowed.

Goodwin Garden

Goodwin Garden is a lovely Victorian garden composed largely of bedding annuals – an example of a mid-to late-19th century landscape.

Accommodates tents up to 30’ x 40’ and up to 100 guests for intimate gatherings and wedding receptions.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich Memorial Garden

Aldrich Garden is our most intimate space with perennial plantings, a hemlock grove, reproduction garden furnishings and brick pathways.

Accommodates 10’ x 10’ tents and up to 50 guests for intimate gatherings and wedding receptions.

TYCO Visitors Center

The TYCO Visitors Center is styled after the many warehouse structures that once populated the Portsmouth waterfront and offers modern conveniences including a media room, lecture hall, and café.

Accommodates up to 90 guests for a cocktail style reception or lecture, and 70 guests for a seated dinner. Amenities include restrooms and kitchenette.

Pitt Tavern

Built in 1766, historic Pitt Tavern was an important gathering place for local citizens during the critical years of the Revolution.

Accommodates up to 50 people (in separate rooms) for receptions, small dinners, birthday parties, and breakout groups. Amenities include restrooms and small service kitchen.

Stoodley’s Tavern Education Center

Home to the family of James Stoodley, who served in the French and Indian Wars, the Tavern was a popular community gathering place in the 1760s.

Accommodates groups of 5 to 45 (in various rooms) for meetings, presentations, retreats and small gatherings. Amenities include restrooms and some kitchen facilities.

Scheduling & Availability

To check event space availability and for more information about booking weddings, receptions, meetings, corporate parties, special events, trade shows or any event you would like to make special, please contact: 

Wendy McCoole

The museum is also available for photo and film shoots. Contact Stephanie Seacord, Director of Marketing,