Strawbery Banke Museum Announces Temporary Closure

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (July 29, 2020) – Today the NH Division of Health and Human Services announced an uptick in positive cases of COVID-19. Among them was someone associated with a member of the museum staff. While no one on the Museum staff has tested positive so far, out of an abundance of caution for staff and visitors, the museum intends to self-quarantine for 14 days, as recommended by CDC and NH DHHS guidance.

“All members of the Museum staff wear face coverings at all times. They remain physically distanced from others, do not share offices, must report their temperatures before coming to work and stay home if they find any COVID-19 symptoms. Even so, we believe it is prudent to take this extra precautionary step and self-quarantine the museum for 14 days, at this time,” said Lawrence J. Yerdon, President and CEO of Strawbery Banke Museum.

Strawbery Banke decided in April to delay the seasonal opening until July 1st and has put extra cleaning, sanitizing and distancing measures in place. The museum began offering outdoor guided tours of the 10-acre campus, showcasing historic architecture, gardens and roleplayers portraying life through the centuries in the Puddle Dock neighborhood. All visitors must to agree to COVID-19 health precautions, including wearing face coverings and not visiting if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms, before and during their visits.

Updates to the temporary closure will be reported at Those who have purchased tickets for use in the next 14 days will be rescheduled or have their money refunded.