Top Choice Museum in Portsmouth

Strawbery Banke Museum

Spread across a 10-acre site, the Strawbery Banke Museum is an eclectic blend of period homes that date back to the 1690s. Costumed guides recount tales that took place among the 40 buildings (10 furnished). Strawbe…
Historic Site in Portsmouth

Wentworth Gardner House

This 1760 structure is one of the finest Georgian houses in the US. Elizabeth and Mark Hunking Wentworth were among Portsmouth's wealthiest and most prominent citizens, so no expense was spared in building this home…
Park in Portsmouth

Prescott Park

Overlooking the Piscataqua River, this small, grassy park makes a pleasant setting for a picnic. More importantly, it's the leafy backdrop to the Prescott Park Arts Festival, which means free music, dance, theater a…
Historic Site in Portsmouth

John Paul Jones House

This former boardinghouse is where America's first great naval commander resided in Portsmouth. Jones, who uttered, 'I have not yet begun to fight!' during a particularly bloody engagement with the British, is belie…
Square in Portsmouth

Market Square

The heart of Portsmouth is this picturesque square, set neatly beneath the soaring white spire of the North Church. Within a few steps of the square are open-air cafes, colorful storefronts, and tiny galleries where…
Historic Site in Portsmouth

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

This 42-room place south of the town center was home to New Hampshire's first royal governor and served as the colony's government center from 1741 to 1766. The lilacs on its grounds are descendants of the first lil…
Historic Site in Portsmouth

Moffatt-Ladd House

Originally built by an influential ship captain for his son, the Georgian Moffatt-Ladd House was later the home of General William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The 18th-century chestnut tree…
Museum in Portsmouth

USS Albacore

Like a fish out of water, this 205ft-long submarine is now a beached museum on a grassy lawn. Launched from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1953, the Albacore was once the world's fastest submarine.
Park in Portsmouth

Albacore Park

Just north of the old town center, this park serves as a maritime museum and host to the USS Albacore, a 205ft-long US Navy submarine, now open to the public. The Albacore was launched from the Portsmouth Naval Ship…
Historic Site in Portsmouth

Tobias Lear House

The Tobias Lear House, next door to the Wentworth Gardner House, is a hip-roofed colonial residence that was home to the family of George Washington’s private secretary. Admission is included with your ticket to Wen…