SAIL ON THE GUNDALOW PISCATAQUA
For local maritime history, be sure to visit the Gundalow Company, nearby at 60 Marcy Street.
Sail on the river aboard the gundalow Piscataqua, built on the grounds of Strawbery Banke in 2011. The Piscataqua, which carries 42 passengers, sails three times a day, seven days a week. A two-hour sail is a great way to experience Portsmouth's working waterfront from a traditional vessel unique to the Piscataqua Region since 1650. (For schedule and tickets, click here.)
Strawbery Banke shows the development of life and commerce on shore; the gundalow, originally designed to carry goods from the harbor, does the same for the river and the environmental history of the Great Bay watershed.
Strawbery Banke and the Gundalow Company offer reciprocal ticket discounts: get $5 off each ticket when purchasing tickets for both.
For more information on programs, sailing schedules and the rich history of the gundalow, click here.
Combined field trips to Strawbery Banke Museum and on the Piscataqua.
Educators at Strawbery Banke and the Gundalow Company -- docked on the river, just across the park from Strawbery Banke -- work together so that school groups can make one consolidated trip to Portsmouth and enjoy two field trip experiences. Click here for more details.
The two organizations also present a Summer Camp, "All Hands on Deck."
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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.