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Strawbery Banke Museum

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Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03802
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+1 603-433-1102
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Museum houses open in December only for Candlelight Stroll: Saturdays Dec...

Museum houses open in December only for Candlelight Stroll: Saturdays Dec 12 and 19, 5-9 pm and Sundays, December 13 and 20, 4-8 pm. Guided Holiday House Tours offered Dec 26-31, 10 am to 2 pm with last tour starting at 2 pm.

Labrie Family Skate outdoor ice rink at the museum is open daily 9 am to 9 pm (except for occasional private rentals).

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Candlelite Stroll

Wonderful evening. Many historical houses with information being given out by informed "characters" Ice skating, bonfire, authentic decorations, carolers and fiddlers, and hot... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 December 2016
p_leehorton22
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White Mountains, New Hampshire
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

It was freezing cold so not sure if this had an impact but it was not as advertised. Not one christmas carol could be heard, no vintage skaters on the pond. It was not very christmasy, it was rather bleak and depressing. Could never get anyone on the phone to answer questions so I ebbed up spending 250 dollars on... More 

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Stephanie S, Public Relations Manager at Strawbery Banke Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing Candlelight Stroll. Your comments are extremely useful in fine-tuning the event, year to year. We are so sorry you had the experience you described! Yes, the frigid cold, then snow, then temps too warm for ice forced the cancellation of the vintage skaters the last weekend of Stroll. And kept the carolers mostly indoors (though there... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Candlelight stroll is a festive night out. This is a step back in time. each home is from a different era. Actors role play in homes and outside in the areas. If I could suggest 1 idea- display in each home a calender of the month and year. because these homes are different eras I think it helps to know... More 

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White Mountains, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Wonderful evening. Many historical houses with information being given out by informed "characters" Ice skating, bonfire, authentic decorations, carolers and fiddlers, and hot cider with live music. Christmas as it used to be.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Very fun and informative night with lovely characters from years past. I would highly recommend skating on puddle dock pond.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Their candlelight stroll is a great way to get in the holiday mood. This living history museum does the christmas of yesteryear thing with candlelight luminiers, bonfire, wandering carol singers and snacks to be found. A pricy ticket for sure but a good time had by all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

What a fun treat! The place is reminiscent of Sturbridge Village ~ There's an ice skating rink, a couple dressed in authentic costumes were ice dancing! The houses were most interesting. Great fun evening and lots of families were there as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Four of us attended the Sunday evening stroll. The place always looks great but at night, decorated for the holidays and with "interpeters" dressed in period costume and sharing Christmas traditions from colonial times to the mid 20th century it was magical. Horses, coach rides add to the effect. Bon fires and public skating with occasional costumed skaters rounded out... More 

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Orleans, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

although much of the property was closed for the season there was a guided tour of four homes of different periods each

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Attention to detail in these houses is great. All buildings are original and others transferred here. Great stories and engagement opportunities with brilliant volunteers sharing information. Nice cafe for drinks and cake afterwards.

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Rye Beach, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is a step into the early 1600's with all the authentic antiques...the quides are worth their weight in gold and the stories are amazing

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Stephanie S, Public Relations Manager at Strawbery Banke Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! So glad you enjoyed Strawbery Banke and all the stories of the Puddle Dock neighborhood of Portsmouth, from 1695 through 1954! More 

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