Strawberry Banke Museum is a 10-acre living history museum. Open year round, it’s best toured between May 1-October 31 when the historic houses are open, but it’s still great for a stroll in the winter months. From December-March visitors can enjoy onsite ice skating too. There’s also an onsite restaurant, Figtree Kitchen Cafe.
Admission is $19.50 for adults, $9 for children 5-17, and under 5 is free. However, it’s completely FREE if all you want to do is walk around (and not go inside the houses). Parking is also free.
There are 37 historic houses, 21 of which are restored and reflect various aspects of community life from 1652-1958. There are also 6 historic gardens and three apple orchards, which are in their original locations or adapted from historical plans. During operating hours, you’ll find costumed role players, craft demonstrations, and interactive site interpretations.
Throughout the site are over a million decorative art objects, artifacts, documents and photographs (all with specific Portsmouth connections).
We visited in January, so we didn’t get to explore much of what the museum has to offer indoors. Houses were closed, gardens weren’t in bloom, but the ice rink was hopping and magical, and it was still a beautiful place to walk around. No matter the season it’s definitely worth the trip if you’re in the area!