Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth is home to forty historic buildings, including six that were moved to the site in order to preserve them. Visitors can explore four centuries of American life through exhibitions (including late 17th century homes), stop for ice cream at Jefferson House, and tour several gardens. In the Jones House Family Discovery Center, children can learn letters by making a Colonial sampler, try a cooper's tools, learn the basics of shipbuilding, and learn to cook using supplies from the Colonial days. The museum also hosts the New Hampshire Fall Festival, a traditional country fair with demonstrations, farm animal exhibits, and crafts, which will take place on October 12th, 2013.
To learn more about the museum, visit the website: http://www.strawberybanke.org.
Derry Museum of History features many Native American artifacts, like a dugout canoe, as well as colonial documents and photographs. For more information: call (603) 490-3054, or visit: http://www.derrymuseum.org/.
The American Independence Museum teaches visitors about the Revolutionary War and the people who worked to establish our country. There are exhibits on George Washington, the military, colonial furniture, and early drafts of the constitution. The annual American Independence Festival, which takes place on July 20th, 2013, will include food, music, fireworks, activities for children, arts and crafts, and talks with historic role-players. For more information, go to: http://www.independencemuseum.org/index.htm.
Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College has exhibitions on art and artifacts including American, Ancient Egyptian, northern African, and Native American art, as well as a temporary exhibition on Japanese art that will be open until July 28th, 2013. There are also family days for children 6-12 where families can explore the museum, attend performances and create art projects together. For more information, visit: http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/.
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire offers children's exhibits, including Dino Detective, where children can become paleontologists and unearth dinosaur fossils. Children can also examine slides under a microscope and make fossil rubbings. Every year, the museum also has summer camps for children of all ages that allow them to learn about dinosaurs, art around the world, and other science topics. For more information, visit: http://www.childrens-museum.org/cmnh2010/default.aspx.
Mariposa Museum and Cultural Center in Peterborough is an interactive museum that allows families to look at galleries of artifacts from different cultures. There are also hands-on costume and puppet studios on the second floor, and a musical instrument collection on the third floor. For more information, visit the website: http://www.mariposamuseum.org/about.html.
At James House, you can see firsthand the fascinating work of the early colonial builders and craftsmen. You can also see ongoing preservation projects and plans for the future. The house is only open on specific days, so check the calendar before your visit. For more information on the James House, go to: http://www.jameshousemuseum.org/.
Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum provides opportunities to learn about Native American philosophy and culture through lectures, hands-on activities, and workshops throughout the year. There are also daily tours of the collection. For more information, visit: http://www.indianmuseum.org/.