Emerging Renewed -- An Interpretive Tour of the Historic Waterfront Neighborhood of Strawbery Banke
July 1 - October 31, 2020. 10 am - 3:30 pm.
Daily tours beginning on the hour and half-hour with the last guided tour at 3:30 pm.
Prior to purchasing tickets, please read Strawbery Banke Museum's COVID-19 precautions. **The historic homes will remain closed to the public, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, with guided and self-guided tours focusing on the exteriors of houses, the historic landscapes, and gardens.**
The re-imagined visitor experience at Strawbery Banke Museum allows visitors to experience four outdoor sites exploring the resiliency of the historic waterfront neighborhood throughout time. This daily, public program invites guests to experience their own recoveries from COVID-19 restrictions by recognizing the parallels between everyday life in the present and the past.
Participants in small group tours (10 individuals or fewer) meet costumed roleplayers across the museum grounds, discover architectural and landscape details, as well as discuss the history of the site from Indigenous use in the 1600s through Urban Renewal and historic preservation efforts in 1958 that created the museum.
Please note, the historic homes will remain closed to the public with guided tours focusing on the exteriors of houses and the historic landscapes and gardens. Guided tours are offered on the hour and half-hour, the last 90-min tour starts at 3:30 pm. Tour is recommended for ages 10+.
- The Sherburne House Garden (1695) - Learn about the colonial settlement of New Hampshire, the disruption of Native American culture, and the diverse, interconnected community including enslaved Africans.
- The Rider-Wood House (1830) - Hear how the widow Mary Rider met the challenges of running her household and business at the time of rapid cultural change while raising the children of her distant sister in England.
- The Shapiro House (1919) - Listen to the story of a Jewish Ukrainian family who had fled persecution to prosper in Portsmouth. By the summer of 1919, the Spanish Flu pandemic restrictions were easing and the Shapiros were beginning to have hope and feel relief.
- Abbott Store & Victory Garden (1943) - Explore how the Puddle Dock neighborhood adjusted resourcefully to the shortages and rationing of life on the home front during the global crisis of WWII.
Ticket cost and information: Advanced ticket purchase for guided tours is strongly encouraged as some dates and times may sell out in advance. Each guided tour is limited to 10 participants. Each person needs a separate ticket (including children under 5 who are admitted free).
- Strawbery Banke Members: Free*
- Non-Member Adults: $15
- Non-Member Children (ages 5 - 17): $10
- Non-Member Children (under 5): Free, but ticket required**
- Military, Military families, & Veterans: Free***
Prior to purchasing tickets, please read Strawbery Banke Museum's COVID-19 precautions.
*Museum members who need assistance in reserving tickets(s), please contact the membership office at 603.422.7508
**No promo code needed to purchase the free child (under 5) ticket. All children must have their own tickets and be accompanied by an adult.
***Military, military family, and veterans receive complimentary tickets through the Blue Star Museum initiative. A promo code is needed to waive ticketing fees, which can be obtained by calling 603.433.1100. Upon arrival, please present pre-purchased tickets and a valid ID card.
Strawbery Banke Museum and Fezziwig's Food & Fountain present picnic luncheons in Aldrich Garden. End your tour of Strawbery Banke with a pre-ordered picnic lunch.
All meals are delivered to the Aldrich Garden by Fezziwig's Food & Fountain and are packaged individually for groups.
For more information, or to pre-order click here.
Strawbery Banke Museum's COVID-19 precautions:
The museum has taken extra precautions in terms of cleaning, sanitizing, and ensuring the proper space for physical distancing. We ask our staff members the following questions each day and ask you, too, before you encounter other visitors:
- Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Are you experiencing any respiratory symptoms, including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath?
- Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
- Are you experiencing any new muscle aches or chills?
- Have you had any new changes in your sense of taste or smell?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please do not put other guests and our employees at risk and come back another day when you feel better. We can reissue your ticket for another date or make a refund. If you have experienced any of the above common COVID-19 symptoms before visiting the museum, please remain at home.
We ask you to follow these guidelines for your safety and the safety of other visitors and staff:
- Please keep a safe distance of at least 6 feet from other people at all times while visiting the museum.
- Practice frequent hand hygiene/washing.
- We require that guests wear a cloth face covering over mouth and nose. If you don't have your own mask we can supply one, at no cost.
Enjoy your visit!