Strawbery Banke Museum Mission Statement
To promote understanding of the lives of individuals and the value of community through encounters with the history and ongoing preservation of a New England waterfront neighborhood.
Toward that goal, Strawbery Banke Museum:
- Preserves for today's visitors and for future generations, historic buildings, cultural landscapes, objects, and other materials pertinent to its mission.
- Conducts research aimed at placing local developments within the broader context of city, state, and national history.
- Disseminates the results of that research to the public through exhibitions, publications, demonstrations, tours, symposia, workshops, and other educational activities and programs.
We bring history and people together for delight, discovery, and learning.
In doing so, Strawbery Banke Museum will:
- Stand for excellence and entrepreneurship in every aspect of the operation - programs, collections, preservation, and management;
- Champion the primacy of the visitor experience and use innovative and traditional methods to provide life-changing and inspirational learning experiences based on authentic objects, stories and ideas;
- Inspire the Seacoast community with awareness of our collective past, and work together to preserve our cultural and built heritage;
- Serve as a destination where engaging activities connect visitors to our common local, regional and national past; and
- provide life-long learning experiences incorporating the needs of learners and the community.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
2022 Historic House Season
Open daily through October 31, 2022, 10 AM - 5 PM
Tour historic houses on original sites, meet engaging costumed roleplayers, watch traditional crafts demonstrations, explore historical gardens, and experience engaging exhibits like "Water Has a Memory."
Vintage & Vine Online Auction
September 2-25, 2022
Browse, bid on, and buy unique items and experiences in the Vintage & Vine Online Auction. Whether shopping for yourself or getting a head start on the holidays, you'll find something for everyone, including great escapes, health & fitness packages, food & beverage, and so much more.
Registration Now Open
Explore traditional arts and crafts such as basket weaving and woodworking, learn how to write a historical fiction book, solve mysteries using documents, images, and objects, and so much more in Strawbery Banke's Homeschool Programs. Access all onsite and virtual programs for 2022-2023 with a homeschool program subscription.
Ghosts on the Banke - A Family-Friendly Halloween Event
October 28 & 29, 2022, 5:30-8 PM
Trick-or-treat safely outdoors from house to historic house. Meet wayward pirates and a mysterious fortune-teller, listen to ghostly tales, construct a giant spider web, dance to spooky musical tunes, and play games for prizes. Public ticket sales begin on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 10 AM.
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 10 AM-5 PM
Dawnland StoryFest is hosted by Strawbery Banke in connection with the Museum's permanent "People of the Dawnland" exhibit. This daylong event, held in the Visitors Center, features storytelling "concerts" or performances by five experienced Indigenous storytellers as well as a keynote address. Free to attend with a suggested donation of $10.