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.
Saturday, May 15, 2021; 10 AM - 3 PM
Free and open to the public. Enjoy Strawbery Banke Museum in bloom with a self-guided garden tour during "Historic Homes Day" of Hit the Decks. Start a self-guided tour outside of the TYCO Visitors Center, be greeted by Museum staff, and collect a Visitor's Guide including information on the Museum's historical gardens and landscapes. COVID-19 protocols followed. No parking on site due to a private event. Click here for nearby parking options.
Saturday, May 29 - Monday, May 31, 2021; 10 AM - 3 PM
In this 90-minute guided tour, explore four historic houses, meet a costumed roleplayer, and discover how the Puddle Dock Neighborhood evolved in a response to economic, social, political, and cultural challenges and changes.
Saturday, June 19 - Sunday, October 17, 2021; 10 AM - 5 PM daily.
Strawbery Banke Museum reopens for the season offering visitors the chance to explore over 300+ years of history, from Indigenous history to the present day, in the Puddle Dock neighborhood. Tour historic houses on original foundations, meet costumed roleplayers, watch traditional crafts demonstrations and explore heirloom gardens.