GAME ON! In the Pursuit of Play in Puddle Dock

The 2015-16 exhibit, Game On! In the Pursuit of Play in Puddle Dock covers another aspect of daily life in the Portsmouth waterfront neighborhood from 1695 to 1954.

Visitors may remember card game settings in Pitt Tavern, playing card décor on the Thomas Bailey Aldrich House Christmas tree and a half-played game of Parcheesi in the Shapley-Drisco House Fifties living room.

This exhibit showcases games and game artifacts – including an ivory scrimshaw cribbage board – from the Strawbery Banke and other museum collections. Oral histories, photos and diaries give depth to the exhibit’s examination of the games played, specific sites used and the personalities who created distinctive elements of common play. Game On! explores the lighter side of life in the Puddle Dock neighborhood, from a model eighteenth century gameroom set for whist, to electronic Wii representative of 21st century past-times.

The exhibit opened at the same time that Seacoast residents voted to ensure that Portsmouth, New Hampshire had its own square on the Classic Monopoly board game that debuted in September 2015.

Funded in part by grants from Diversions Puzzle and Games in Portsmouth. and G. Willikers Toy Shop both in Portsmouth.