Strawbery Banke's traditional craftspeople help visitors "learn by doing." Throughout the museum, there are many opportunities to experience hands-on history - come explore them all.
The Dinsmore Shop holds the workshop of master cooper Ron Raiselis (above) who explains the traditional craft of coopering -- barrel-making -- to visitors.
The Cotton Tenant House South contains a weaving exhibition and demonstration looms that visitors can try. This Traditional Crafts Center also offers a basket-making demonstration.
Cotton Tenant House North contains the Horticulture Learning Center with programs designed to present "Change Over Time: Natural Resources and the Innovations of American Agriculture" using examples for the museum's gardens and collections.
The Discovery Center - "People of the Dawnland" presents Abenaki culture, traditions, and storytelling in one area, while other rooms offer the opportunity for kids of all ages to experience traditional games, crafts, chores, and pastimes.
The Victorian Children's Garden is a one-of-a-kind living history garden that features a Victorian tea garden, plants that tell time, a butterfly & fairy garden, a language of flowers garden, and a two-story naturalistic Victorian treehouse.
In the Wheelwright House, experience the sounds, tastes, and touches of life in 1785. Come inside the home of Captain John Wheelwright the year after he died at sea. Engage all of your senses as you savor the aromatic scents of spices and teas, pick up and touch the dinnerware and furniture, hear the sounds of Puddle Dock as it was in 1785, and see the clothing children wore in the time period - kids can even try on the clothing in this hands-on exhibit!
The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke is a pilot partnership between Piper Boatworks and Strawbery Banke Museum to provide maritime-related demonstrations, exhibits, and programs on current maritime-related topics and skills.