To help remember this community's strengths, and as a service to all those at home, with online learning requirements or those with general interest, enjoy Virtual Tours, the Virtual Classroom, artifacts of the week, featured items from the Collections, Horticulture Learning Center materials, the Garden Lessons at Strawbery Banke blog, and more.
Can't make it to Strawbery Banke, or want a sneak preview prior to a visit to the museum? Take a virtual tour and be transported to this historic waterfront neighborhood.
- Self-Guided Tour - Enjoy this virtual tour of Strawbery Banke Museum created by the UNH Geospatial Lab, to explore the neighborhood from home or the sidewalk.
- Listen to the Landscape - Take a virtual tour of Strawbery Banke Museum's gardens and historic landscapes! Use your smartphone or mouse to discover images that illustrate the rich history of this waterfront neighborhood. The voices, sights, and sounds from the past will transport you and help you find your place in the unfolding story of an American landscape.
THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM:
Studying from home or planning a field trip? Be sure to check out the Virtual Classroom where teachers and students find lesson planning materials, primary documents, and interactive exercises. Visit often, explore with your students and enjoy the museum.
- 'Meet' Lucy Stavers and explore Pitt Tavern - Spending a great deal of time with your family while practicing social distancing? Perhaps that means helping prepare meals and lending a hand around the house with chores. Listen to Lucy Stavers share what children's chores were like in 1777 and explore her family home and place of business, Pitt Tavern!
- Puddle Dock Adventures - On your way to school, way, you pass by the docks and are tempted to stay and watch the boats sailing. Do you? Will your decisions lead you to become a governor, like Ichabod Goodwin or will you sail the world like John Wheelwright?
ARTIFACT OF THE WEEK & FROM THE COLLECTIONS:
Strawbery Banke has a collection of more than 300,000 artifacts and over 1 million archaeological artifacts. Explore the museum's online collection from home and learn more about featured items.
- From the Collections: St. John's Church - learn more about a watercolor depicting an 1874 Portsmouth skyline, probably by artist Fidelia Bridges
- Artifact of the Week: Transfer Printed Teacups - Mending ceramics can help archaeologists see the shape and print on a vessel, and figure out how many pieces were actually in a set – it’s a lot like putting together a puzzle!
HORTICULTURE, GARDEN, AND NATURE-RELATED ACTIVITIES:
Gardens and nature have inspired a wide variety of crafts and activities throughout history. Some crafts are meant to make essential garden work more fun, others can be used to create beautiful ornaments and gifts, and all stimulate dialogue and creativity. Complete these activities pre, during or post-visit to the museum.