American Independence Museum's Folsom Tavern

American Independence Museum's Folsom Tavern

164 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833 - United States





The American Independence Museum tells the story of New Hampshire’s role in the Revolutionary War. Located in historic Exeter, New Hampshire’s Revolutionary War capital, the museum’s campus includes the Ladd-Gilman House (ca. 1721) and Folsom Tavern (ca. 1775). Highlights from the collection include a Dunlap Broadside, the first official printing of the Declaration of Independence; two working drafts of the Constitution; and original handwritten letters from George Washington.


Come to the American Independence Museum's Folsom Tavern for a pre-season tour of this historic space. Visit will include tour of the 1775 Folsom Tavern with time to explore our hands-on children's exhibit and a FREE pass to come back and tour the Ladd-Gilman House once it opens for the season on May 1, 2020. While in Exeter enjoy The Exeter Literary Festival which is also happening on April 4, 2020 throughout the town.

Please note: The yellow Ladd-Gilman House which houses the majority of the museum collection will not be open for Museum Day Live.

When you visit Folsom Tavern on Museum Day you will receive a FREE pass to visit the Ladd-Gilman House once the 2020 season begins on May 1, 2020!

Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.