Archaeologists have conducted some of the most extensive urban archaeology investigations on the East Coast at Strawbery Banke.
This rich resource plus the museum’s collection of over 1,000,000 decorative arts objects, artifacts, documents and photographs, all with specific Portsmouth connections, make it possible to depict life in this neighborhood over the past 300+ years as accurately as possible.
The Strawbery Banke District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
As a living history museum, Strawbery Banke strives to preserve the history of the place and people who lived in this neighborhood. The museum seeks to preserve wherever possible and apply the formal principles of Adaptation, Preservation, Restoration and Reconstruction when assessing rehabilitation at the museum.
Collections are based on Portsmouth and this site. To search the Collections online database, please click here.
Explore 300+ years of history. Tour historic houses on original sites, meet engaging costumed roleplayers, watch traditional crafts demonstrations, and explore heirloom gardens. Open daily from May 1 through October 31.
Liberty Fare Dining's extraordinary dining experience is a whimsical nautical treat for all. Inspired by local maritime history, visitors are invited to step aboard. Enjoy a menu that varies with the season and delightful ice cream treats and bakery goods.
Opening June 1, 2023
In celebration of the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire's 400th anniversary, Strawbery Banke presents "Portsmouth Possessions: Objects that Shaped the City," a new exhibit for the 2023 season. Collections on view include objects featured in the book "A History of Portsmouth NH in 101 Objects," as well as textiles, furniture, portraits, samplers, and objects relating to local industries.
June 20-August 29, 2023, 5:30-7 PM
Enjoy acoustic music amid the summer splendor of Puddle Dock with Strawbery Banke's popular annual concert series. Each Tuesday evening, a variety of local musicians perform on the open-air stage.