This museum is operated by the Portsmouth Historical Society and celebrates two historical highlights in the history of Portsmouth. In 1776, John Paul Jones lodged in the house that is now the museum while waiting for Portsmouth shipbuilders to finish Ranger, the ship of the line he and a Portsmouth crew would sail against England. The house is also host to the Centennial exhibit about the Portsmouth Peace Treaty signed here in 1905 and the Nobel Peace Prize President Theodore Roosevelt received for conducting America's first significant act of international diplomacy. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free.
Strawbery Banke Museum (Portsmouth)
Step into 400 years of living in our neighborhood. Strawbery Banke provides the opportunity to see how people lived for four centuries of New England history. Through restored furnished houses, exhibits, historic landscapes and gardens, and costumed role players, Strawbery Banke interprets the living history of generations who settled in Portsmouth from the late 17th century to the mid 20th century. Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth is open May 1 through October 31, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.; and November 1 through April 30, Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 2 p.m. for guided 90-minute walking tours on the hour.
The American Independence Museum (Exeter)
The American Independence Museum celebrates the Revolutionary era in America. In December 1775, Paul Revere warned New Hampshire citizens that "the British were coming" to seize gunpowder stores at Fort William and Mary in New Castle. A group of seacoast residents liberated the powder from its 12 British guards without firing a shot. They then rowed the stores down Great Bay and the Squampscott River to store it in a brick powder house in Exeter, which has been preserved. The museum is open seasonally from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An annual Revolutionary War festival is held in July a week after the Independence Day holiday, in commemoration of the date the Declaration finally reached Exeter from Philadelphia in 1776.
Children's Museum of Portsmouth (Portsmouth)
Explore, create and experience the wonders of science, art and world culture through 19 hands-on exhibits designed to inspire curious young minds. Exhibits include an interactive sound sculpture, walk-in kaleidoscope, dinosaur fossil dig and model lobster boat.
The Fort at No. 4 Living History Museum (Charlestown)
This museum offers a glimpse of what life was like when the Northern Valley was a frontier in the mid-1700s. Sited on the banks of the Connecticut River, the Fort recreates and interprets the first permanent Euro-American settlement in the upper Connecticut River Valley, in 1744. Originally a log enclosure surrounding a number of dwellings at Charlestown's present-day village center, the fort is now represented by a reconstructed log museum at the nearby site of a Contact Period Abenaki village. In addition to its exhibits, the Fort maintains a busy calendar of re-enactments and programs.
The Millyard Museum (Manchester)
The Millyard Museum showcases the time when this New Hampshire was the center of New England's mill industry. The surging Merrimack River once powered the Amokeag Mills that line its shore—its one million square feet of floor space once the largest textile mill in the world. A permanent exhibit in the Manchester Millyard Museum in Millyard No. 3—"Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls"—traces the impact of the Merrimack and the Amokeag Indian tribe the mills honored in their name. A brightly lit cobblestone alley in the museum offers a 19th-century replica of Elm Street, complete with shops.
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair (Sunapee)
New Hampshire also boasts the oldest juried craft fair in America. The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair takes place each summer in Sunapee. Celebrating its 75th year in 2007, the fair incorporates the work of its 300-plus juried members and a variety of media: wood, clay, metal, jewelry, weaving, glass, photography and applied art.
The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough)
The MacDowell Colony is an artists' colony in Peterborough, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. The MacDowell Colony has offered a creative, all-expenses-paid haven for writers, composers, painters and other artists ever since pianist Edward MacDowell established the place in Peterborough in 1907. Over the years, MacDowell's 250 residents have included composers Aaron Copeland and Leonard Bernstein, writers Willa Cather and Mary Higgins Clark and playwright Thornton Wilder, who wrote Our Town while at the Colony.