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Abbot-Spaulding House Museum
The Federal Revival style Abbot-Spaulding House was the home to a succession of prominent Nashua citizens, including Daniel Abbot who is the father of Nashua, George Perham and William Spaulding. In addition to the outstanding architecture of the Federal style home, the furnishings are fine pieces collected by the Spauldings, including glass, china.
Open: April to November by appointment
5 Abbot St, Nashua, NH 03064
https://www.nashuahistoricalsociety.org/abbotmuseum.html (603) 883-0015

Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center
The Center cares for a growing collection of nearly 400 objects, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, decorative arts, and furniture. The collection includes works from the 15thcentury through the 21st century from around the globe. Changing special exhibits are also presented.
Open: Year Round
100 St. Anslem Dr, Manchester, NH 03102
https://www.anselm.edu/arts/chapel-art-center (603) 641-7470

America’s Credit Union Museum
Housed in the building where our country’s first credit union was born, America’s Credit Union Museum offers a one-of-a-kind interactive experience that brings to life a vision as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.
Open: Year Round by Appointment or By Chance or Call for a Guided Tour
418-420 Notre Dame Ave, Manchester, NH 03120
https://www.acumuseum.org (603) 629-1553

America’s Stonehenge
Consisting of trails and a maze of man made chambers and ceremonial places thought to be over 4000 years old.
Open: year round
105 Haverhill Rd, Salem, NH 03079
http://www.stonehengeusa.com (603) 893-8300

Andres Institue of Art & Sculpture Park
Outdoor Sculpture Park. Enjoy a walk along nature trails while admiring sculptures by artists from around the world.
Open: Year Round
98 Route 13, PO Box 226 Brookline, NH 03033
http://andresinstitute.org (603) 673-8441

Aviation Museum of NH
Housed in the original 1937 Art Deco style Terminal Building you’ll find the only museum dedicated to aviation history in the Granite State.
Open: Fri & Sat Year Round
27 Navigaor Rd, Londonderry, NH 03053
https://www.aviationmuseumofnh.org (603) 669-4820

Bear Brook State Park – Museum Complex
The Museum Complex, located a half-mile from the toll booth, has multiple museums housed in buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The buildings have historical significance because of their ties to the CCC. Some of the museums you can visit include the Museum of Family Camping, the New Hampshire Antique Snowmobile Museum, the Richard Diehl Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum, and the Old Allenstown Meeting House. The Bear Brook Camp is still one of the largest and most complete CCC camps still standing, and its age and historical significance earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places.
Open: call park office for hours. CCC Museum re-opening summer 2020
Bear Brook State Park, Rt 28, Allenstown, NH 03275
https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/bear-brook-state-park (603) 485-9874

Canterbury Shaker Village
One of a number of Shaker communities founded in the 19th Century, Canterbury is the most intact surviving community. Guided Tours, Demonstrations, and Special Events are offered. There is also a gift site featuring Shaker style priducts and a cafe.
Open: May to Sept
288 Shaker Rd, Canterbury, NH 03224
http://www.shakers.org (603) 783-9511

Carey House – Milford Histroical Society
Working to preserve the history of Milford, New Hampshire for present and future generations. Portraits of founding fathers, historic signage from local businesses and maps of historical significance decorate the walls. Take a few steps farther into the museum and view the large variety of products manufactured in Milford from the mid-19th century through the present day.
6 Union St, Milford, NH 03055
http://www.milfordhistory.com/about-us/the-carey-house-museum 603-673-3385

Cat Alley
Walking around Manchester, check out Cat Alley, a small open air gallery of cat themed street art. Most of the artists are young graffiti artists, brought in to teach them to respect property and feel pride in their work instead of defacing property – giving them positive ways to channel their creativity.
Dean Avenue just to the right of Lala’s Hungarian Pastries at 836 Elm St. Manchester, NH 03101
no website but check it out at www.atlasobscura.com/places/cat-alley

Conservation Center – Forest Society of New Hampshire
Not an actual museum, but the first Leeds Gold certified building in New Hampshire. The Conservation Center demonstrates the use of renewable natural resources and energy conservation techniques in design and construction. The campus is a great example of the evolution of energy-conscious design since 1980. Open for for self-guided tours, group tours are available with advance reservations.) After your walk through the buildings, you can follow the Les Clark Nature Trail through the floodplain through the pine forest planted in the 1960’s (check out the alignment of the trees), and the silver maple forest.
Open: M-F, 8:30 – 4:30
54 Portsmouth St, Concord, NH 03301
https://forestsociety.org/conservation-center 603-224-9945

Contoocook Railroad Museum
Located in Contoocook Village, the park includes the Contoocook train depot, the world’s oldest surviving covered railroad bridge, a 1907 vintage passenger coach, late 1800’s section house, and the Lewellen Bandstand.
Open: multiple sites, Year Round
896 Main St, Contoocook, NH 03229
https://www.contoocookdepot.org

Currier Museum of Art
Art museum featuring European and American paintings, decorative arts, and sculpture. Changing special exhibits are of particular interest and you can also visit two local home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Open: Year Round
150 Ash St, Manchester, NH 03104
http://currier.org (603) 669-6144

Danbury North Road Schoolhouse Museum/Danbury Historical Society
A circa 1853 one-room Schoolhouse with historical displays.
Open: special events during summer
440 North Road, Danbury, NH 03230
https://www.facebook.com/danbury.historicalsociety (603) 768-3603

Derry Museum of History
The intimate, lower level museum is full of Derry’s heritage, from special exhibits on veterans, war heroes and the dairy industry, to shoe manufacturers, local business, poet and onetime Derry resident Robert Frost, and famed astronaut and Derry native Alan B. Shepard.
Open: Every Sunday afternoon or by appointment
29 W. Broadway, Derry, NH 03038
http://www.derrymuseum.org (603) 434-1247

Fitts Museum
The Fitts Museum building was once known as the Captain Jesse Eaton place. The original one room home (now the kitchen) and a loft above was probably the first dwelling on this site, while the Federal style front section was added around 1820. The Rev. James Hill Fitts purchased the home in 1882 for $745.00 and evidence shows that he and his brother, J. Lane Fitts, established a museum there in 1885. One account states that the museum held a “collection of wood that includes pieces from the old frigate “Constitution” (1799), from an ancient wharf (1631) [and] from the Old South Church in Boston (1720).” These items are still on display in the museum today. Rotating displays also at the Smyth PUblic Library.
Open: 3rd Sat of the Month, May-Oct, 1 to 4 pm or by appt
146 High St, PO Box 340 Candia, NH 03034
http://www.fittsmuseum.org (603) 483-2672

Goffstown Historical Society
The Goffstown Historical Society was organized November 16, 1969, and incorporated on November 19, 1970. The Parker Building, housing the Museum of the Goffstown Historical Society, was used by William Parker in 1804 as a general store and carried on the business until his death in 1839. He was succeeded by his sons, John M. and David A. Parker who continued the mercantile business as the J.M. and D.A. Parker Depot Store until 1872. Goffstown West Village was developing as an economic, political and social center, so the brothers moved the general store easterly to the village area. Parker Brothers’ Store continued in business on Main Street In Goffstown, under the brothers and their descendents until the 1960’s. The Depot Store building, at Parker’s Station, was used for storage and provide housing for the Parker farm workers and to provide accommodations for occasional drovers and loggers traveling on business.
Open: April to December
18 Parker Station Rd, PO Box 284 Goffstown, NH 03045
http://www.goffstownhistoricalsociety.org (603) 325-5653

Hampstead Historical Society
Collection contains artifacts from the beginning of the town in 1749. Includes hand written sermons by the first pastor of the church, a Boston Post Cane given tot he oldest member of the town by the Boston Post Newspaper, and the Wheelwright deed of 1629 that helped set the boundaries for the town of Hampstead.
Open: Every Sat from 1-4PM; if no one there, call phone numbers on front door
67 Main St, Hampstead, NH 03841
http://hampsteadhistoricalsociety.org

Hollis Historical Society
Dedicated to the history of Hollis, buildings include the Always Ready Engine House, The Wheeler House, and the Pine Hill District 3 Schoolhouse. Also available are research books and geneology help.
Open: Community Programs or Membership
20 Main St, PO Box 754 Hollis, NH 03049
http://www.hollishistoricalsociety.org 603-465-3935

Hopkinton Historical Society
Contains historical records and present exhbitions on the history of Hopkinton such as the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Hopkinton and Ratifying the 19th Ammendment * the Notable Women of Hopkinton.
Open: Year Round
300 Main St, Hopkinton, NH 03229
https://www.hopkintonhistory.org (603) 746-3825

Hose House 2, Police & Firefighting Museum
The newly renovated stone and clapboard building is a reminder of a time when turn-of-the-century fire vehicles were pulled by horses and blazes had to be fought without hydrants. One of the museum’s most-prized possessions is a 1902 horse-drawn hose wagon.
Open: contact Historical Society
Main & Bridge St, Salem, NH 03079
https://www.townofsalemnh.org/fire-department-administration/pages/history-of-salem-fire

Kalil House
The Kalil House was recently aquired by the Currier. Wright used the term Usonian Automatic to describe the design of economical Usonian style houses constructed of modular concrete blocks. This house illustrates Wright’s creative use of this inexpensive material. It is one of only seven Usonian Automatic houses to survive.
Open: Tours Thurs-Mon. Reservations made thru Currier Museum
117 Heather St, Manchester, NH 03140
http://www.currier.org

Kimball House/ Atkinson Historical Society
The original 8 room house was built by Reverend Stephan Peaboyd circa 1772. It had a southern exposure and still contains the original gunstock beams and several Christian doors. In the early 1900’s the house was modernized in the Victorian style adding the bay windows, elevating the roof, and adding the two grreat central dormers. Now houses Hhistorical Society exhibits.
Open: Every Wed 2-4;1st Sat of the month 10-2; or by appt
3 Academy Ave, PO Box 863 Atkinson, NH 03811
http://www.atkinsonhistoricalsociety.org (603) 362-9317

Kimball Jenkins Estate
The Kimball Jenkins Estate is home to two exhibition spaces. The mission of each gallery is to offer exhibition opportunities for artists working in the state, region, and beyond, to showcase the work of students and faculty, as well as curate shows to enhance the studio education curriculum of the School of Art
Open: Year Round Tours & Events, check calendar. Galleries are also used as classrooms, call first to confirm they are open
266 N Main St, Concord, NH 03301
https://www.kimballjenkins.com (603) 225-3932

Lawrence L Lee Scouting Museum
The northeast’s largest display of Scouting memorabilia. The L. L. Lee Scouting Museum is staffed by a volunteer group of dedicated Scouters who collectively comprise hundreds of years of Scouting. The museum contains colorful and historic exhibits such as Scouts on Stamps from Making to the present, the Joseph Moyer World Jamboree collection, a complete display of Max Silber buckles, original paintings of Boy’s Life covers, and a flag carried to the moon by America’s first astronaut and New Hampshire Scout Alan Shepard. It is recommended you call before you visit to assure store & museum are open.
Open: Year Round subject to staffing. Most Wed & Sat 10-4 August thru June. Add Thurs noon-6 mid-June to early-Aug.
395 Blondin Rd, Manchester, NH 03109
https://scoutingmuseum.nhscouting.org (603) 867-2501

Little Nature Museum
The mission of The Nature Discovery Center is to develop awareness and appreciation of the natural world and the environment through the Museum’s hands-on and interactive collections, trails, and educational programs. The collections include rocks, minerals, fossils, sea life, insects, mounted birds and mammals, and plants. There are also interpretive exhibits, hands-on activities (with prizes for children), and interpretive trails to enjoy.
Open: Mid-May thru end Oct: Fri & Sun noon to 5; Sat 10:30 to 5. Closed Nov to mid-May
18 Highlawn Rd, Warner, NH 03278
https://ndcnh.org (603) 746-6121

Manchester Historic Association
This organization seeks to preserve the history of Manchester. It offers the Millyard Museum housed in one of the Amoskeag Manufacturing company mills along with a Research Library. The group also organizes special events and tours open to the public.
Open: Year Round
200 Bedford St, Manchester, NH 03101
https://www.manchesterhistoric.org (603) 622-7531

McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center
Science museum that honors Alan B. Shepard, first American to travel into space and Sharon Christa McAuliffe the first teacher in space who died in the Challenger disaster. The museum has two floors of exhibits on astronomy, aviation, earth & space science. There are also 2 special exhbits each year, several outdoor exhibits, and a planetarium.
Open: Year Round – hours vary
2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301
https://www.starhop.com (603) 271-7827

Millyard Museum
Museum tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here
Open: year round
200 Bedford St, Manchester, NH 03101
http://www.millyardmuseum.org (603) 622-7531

Morrison House/Londonderry Historical Society
Morrison House is a beautiful example of an 18th century farmhouse as it would have appeared in the mid-19th century. The house serves as a museum for Londonderry artifacts such as early muskets, the running horse weathervane from the Robie House and a fragment of silk from Ocean Born Mary’s wedding dress. Londonderry was a center for the production of flax and linen and there is a display of related items such as a flax wheel, hetchels and a loom. Country furnishings, early hearth iron and even children’s items complete this pre-Civil War rural farmhouse. To further enhance the Morrison House restoration we have added the Parmenter Barn, Clark Blacksmith Shop, and most recently, the Litchfield Carriage Shed.
Open: Special Events & Activities May to October. email for more info about tours
140 Pillsbury Road, PO Box 135, Londonderry, NH 03053
http://www.londonderryhistory.org (603) 432-2005

Mount Vernon Historic Society
The museum, library, office and storage space are located in the upstairs of the Town Hall on Main Street. Note that the Amherst and Milford historical museums are also open at the same time – you can make a Souhegan Valley sweep! While in town also stop by the old fashioned General Store.
Open: 2nd Sat May thru Oct 1 to 4 pm
1 S Main St, PO Box 15 Mount Vernon, NH 03057
http://www.montvernonnh.us/index.php/188-organizations/historical-society/130-mont-vernon-historical-society

New Hampshire Historical Society
Extensive collection of objects and archives related to New Hampshire’s history. Exhibits range from Native American artifacts to colonial furniture and memorabilia from NH’s First in the Nation Primary. Also included is the original 1818 wooden eagle that stood atop the State House.
Open: Year Round
30 Park St, Concord, NH 03301
https://www.nhhistory.org (603) 228-6688

NH State House Visitor Center
Come see original civil war battle flags in our hall of flags, or memorabilia from our First in the Nation Primary. Be guided through the halls and legislative chambers of NH’s seat of Government.
Open: Year Round
107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03303
https://gencourt.state.nh.us/nh_visitorcenter/default.htm (603) 271-2154

North East Motor Sports Museum
The museum is all about New England motorsports with race cars and motorcycles from all disciplines, all with a New England background, on display. You’ll see stunning photography and unique New England racing artifacts. Race win, championship trophies and driver helmets are on display. There’s even a wonderful Soap Box Derby display, slot car track and iRacing Simulator.
Open: Fri, Sat, Sun during summer, every Sat in winter 10-4
422 NH 106 Loudon, NH 03307
https://www.nemsmuseum.com 603-783-0183

Nottingham Square Schoolhouse
DAR owns, operates, and maintains this schoolhouse and gives tours. On the National Register of Historic Places. The two-story wood frame building was built in 1850 as the first schoolhouse in the town, a purpose it served until 1920. Museum is on the top floor of the building owned by the DAR.
Open: By appt
Ledgefarm Rd, PO Box 241 Nottingham, NH 03290
https://www.dar.org/national-society/historic-sites-and-properties/nottingham-square-schoolhouse

Old Town Hall Museum/Salem Historical Society
Preserving and presenting the History of Salem
Open: Mondays 2-5 Apr ist thru Nov 15th except holidays plus monthly evening presentations
310 Main St, Salem, NH 03079
find them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Salem-NH-Historical-Society-1442394192449458/ (603) 890-2280

Patuccoway Grange Museum
View the extensive array of artifacts on display. Generous people wishing to preserve the past and honor their families’ memories have donated many items.
Open: By appt
Rt 152 next to Fire Station, Nottingham, NH 03290
https://www.nottingham-nh.gov/nottingham-historical-society/pages/museums Town #: (603) 942-5627

Raymond Historical Society
The Raymond Depot was built in 1893. We house 4 rolling stock, a Whitcomb Engine 1932, Caboose 1932, Refrigerator Box Car 1953 and a Push Car 1944. On this same site we have a B&M track side Building , Observation Building , tools museum and a one room school house.
Open: N/A – call for hours
1 Depot Rd, PO Box 94 Raymond, NH 03077
http://www.raymondhistoricalsociety.org (603) 895-2866

Robert Frost Farm
Historic Farmhouse where poet Robert Frost lived for about 10 years. This property is thought to be the inspiration for some of his most beloved poems. Take a guided tour of the house or follow the self guided nature and poerty trail through the property.
Open: May to October
122 Rockingham Road, Derry, NH 03038
https://www.robertfrostfarm.org (603) 432-3091

SEE Science Center
A small Science museum where anyone can learn the excitement of STEM through intereactive exhibits. SEE is 30,000 square feet containing 90 exhibits and exciting demonstrations.
Open: Year Round
200 Bedford St, Manchester, NH 03101
https://see-sciencecenter.org (603) 669-0400

Taylor Swamill
The Taylor Sawmill is situated on the 71-acre Ballard State Forest in Derry, New Hampshire. Robert Taylor, for whom the mill is named, bought the property in 1799 and began operating an “up and down” sawmill similar to the current one about 1805. We are not sure of exactly when this mill stopped running.
Open: late May thru mid October
242 Island Pond Road, Derry, NH 03038
https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/historic-sites/taylor-mill-historic-site 603-431-6774

The “Wigwam” & Chapel Museums – Amherst Historical Society
Built in 1839 as a Methodist chapel, it earned it’s nickname, “The Wigwam,” in 1879 when the Methodist Society remodeled the building and raised the roof. Inside you can see the ceiling painted by itinerate Italians that is reminiscent of designs seen in Italy. The Congregational Church built the Chapel (aka the Annex) in 1858 to hold their winter services, as the smaller building was much easier to heat. visitors will find a wide array of historical memorabilia relating to Amherst including maps, photos, scrapbooks, clothing and furniture.
Open: 2n Sat each month – May to Oct or by appt
corner of Middle and Cross Street, PO Box 717 Amherst, NH 03031
http://www.hsanh.org Susan Fischer (603) 582-7912

The Pierce Manse
Tour the only house ever owned by the 14th President of the US, Franklin Pierce. The home is owned an operated by the volunteer Pierce Brigade whose mission is to preserve the home and legacy of NH’s only President.
Open: June to October
14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, PO Box 425 Concord, NH 03301
http://www.piercemanse.org (603) 225-4555

Van Dame School Museum
The Dame School is a historic meeting house, school, and now local historical museum. The single story wood-frame Greek Revival structure was built in 1840 as a church; according to local legend, timbers from a 1740 church were used in its construction. Its main facade has a simple entrance topped by a transom window, and flanked by a pair of windows. The building is topped by a three-stage tower, whose second stage houses a belfry, and whose spire is topped by a weathervane in the shape of a quill pen.
Open: Thurs 9-11
139 Stage Rd, Nottingham, NH 03290
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NottinghamHistoricalSociety (603) 942-5627

Weare Historical Society Museum
Visit us at the Stone Memorial Building in Weare Center. The home of Weare Historical Society, it houses Weare artifacts and memorabilia along with items for sale, including 1888 and 1892 maps, reprints of Weare’s histories, and several other publications.
Open: March thru October
6 N Stark Hwy, PO Box 33 Weare, NH 03281
http://www.wearehistoricalsociety.org

Zimmerman House
The Zimmerman House is a historic house located at 223 Heather Street. Built in 1951, it is the first of two houses in New Hampshire designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and one of a modest number of Prairie School designs in the northeastern United States.
Open: Tours Thurs-Mon. Reservation made thru Currier Museum
223 Heather St, Manchester, NH 03140
http://www.currier.org

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Albacore Park
Go aboard and explore this research submarine. Look thru the periscope, explore the control and engine rooms, see what crew quarters look like. Thre is also a small Naval Museum and gift shop.
Open: Mar – Dec
569 Submarine Way, Portsmouth, NH 03801
http://www.ussalbacore.org (603) 436-3680

American Independence Museum
Learn about the Society of Cinncinati and learn what went in to creating an Independent America. See original source documents found in NH’s Revolutionary War Capitol.
Open: May-Nov
1 Governors Lane, Exeter, NH 03833
https://www.independencemuseum.org (603) 772-2622

Children’s Museum of NH
Hands on learning environment geared for children ages 1 thru 12.
Open: Year Round
6 Washington St, Dover, NH 03820
https://www.childrens-museum.org (603) 742-2002

Church on the Plains
The deconsecrated First Universalist Church, known locally as the Church on the Plains, is a historic church building on Main Street in Kingston, New Hampshire. Built in 1879 to a design by the regionally prominent architect C. Willis Damon, it is a fine local example of Stick/Eastlake architecture.
Open: contact Kinston Improvement & Historical Society
151 Main St, PO Box 663 Kingston, NH 03848
https://www.churchontheplains.org (603) 642-5507

Colonel Paul Wentworth House
The circa 1701 Colonel Paul Wentworth House as an educational and cultural center for Rollinsford and the lower Salmon Falls region. One of New Hampshire’s oldest surviving colonial structures, the Wentworth House hosts living history events, exhibits, hearth-cooked dinners, demonstrations, and other special activities throughout the year.
Open: June to midOctober plus Speical Events. Private Tours by Appointment
47 Water St, Rollingsford, NH 03869
https://www.paulwentworthhouse.org (603) 742-4747

Fort Constitution Historic Site
The State of New Hampshire gave the United States the neck of land on which Fort William and Mary and a lighthouse were situated. The fort was repaired, renamed Fort Constitution and garrisoned with a company of United States artillery. Renovations, which included a wall twice as high as that of the colonial fort and new brick buildings, were completed in 1808. It is the ruins of this fort that are seen today.
Open: Memorial Day to Columbus Day
25 Wentworth Road, New Castle, NH 03854
https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/historic-sites/fort-constitution-historic-site (603) 271-3556

Fort Stark Historic Site
Fort Stark Historic Site is located on a peninsula historically called Jerry’s Point on the southeast corner of New Castle Island. It overlooks the Piscataqua River, Little Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Fort Stark was named in honor of John Stark, commander of N.H. forces at the Battle of Bennington (1777). An unmarked walking trail traverses the ten-acre fort site. (Use caution)
Open: Memorial Day to Columbus Day
211 Wild Rose Lane, New Castle , NH 03854
https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/historic-sites/fort-stark-state-historic-site.aspx (603) 271-3556

Fremont Historical Museum
The Museum houses over 50 fascinating exhibits dating between 1734 and 2001 — including wreckage from the B-52 Stratofortress Plane that crashed into Fremont’s Spruce Swamp on August 10, 1959- the first B-52 plane crash in American history without casualties; the historic Spaulding & Frost Barrel Cooperage that operated between 1874 &1999 – the oldest white pine Cooperage in the United States; the historic 1800 Twin-Porch Meeting House – one of only two unique twin-porch meeting houses in the United States; plus numerous other exhibits.
Open: select Saturdays May-Oct, 10-2pm OR by appt
295 Mian St, PO Box 120 Fremont, NH 03044
https://www.fremont.nh.gov/historical-society/pages/fremont-historical-museum (603) 895-2226

Fuller Gardens
One of the last Fromal Working Estate Grdens of the 20th Century. The formal rose gardens designed in the Colonial Revival style were commissioned during the late 1920s by Massachusetts Governor Alvan T. Fuller and designed by the Olmstead Firm as an ornament to his summer estate. The Japanese garden is usually in bloom in May and English the perennial plantings provide a continuous array of color and interest from spring until fall. A DAHLIA display garden also is full of color all season. The gardens are lined within large sculpted hedges, and the rose beds are framed in an array of superbly kept turf paths.
Open: Mid May-early Oct
10 Willow Street, North Hampton, NH 03862
https://www.fullergardens.org (603) 964-5414

Gilma Garrison House
The Gilman Garrison House is a historic house museum. Built in 1709, it is a rare surviving example of a First Period garrison house, built with a number of clearly defense-related features. The museum exhibits regional history through the lives of generations of Gilmans and other residents. His installation includes view ports that reveal the fascinating architectural evolution of the garrison house.
Open: Fri & Sat June – Oct
12 Water St, Exeter, NH 03833
https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/gilman-garrison-house/ (603) 436-3205

Governor John Langdon House
John Langdon was a merchant, shipbuilder, Revolutionary War leader, signer of the United States Constitution, and three-term governor of New Hampshire. At the end of the nineteenth century, his descendants purchased the house and restored it to its eighteenth-century appearance. They added a substantial wing designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White to house modern necessities. The house tells the story of the early colony of New Hampshire, Portsmouth’s mercantile boom, and the Colonial Revival movement.
Open: June-midOct
143 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/governor-john-langdon-house/ (603) 436-3205

Great Bay Discovery Center
Take a hike thru Forests, salt marshes, and mudflats. Being part of the North American flyway there are plenty of opportunities to spot birds and other wildlife. Enjoy the wildlife garden next to Stratham’s Chapman’s Landing. Picnic, hike, and harvest oysters on this historic peninsula extending into the narrows of Great Bay. Enjoy a kayak paddle – don’t forget to check the tides. Inside the visitor center, you’ll find interpretive exhibits about the estuary, salt marsh farming, plankton, tides, and research on the Bay. At the Discovery Tank, children have the chance to touch estuary animals such as horseshoe crabs, oysters, mudsnails, and more!
Open: Grounds open year round dawn to dusk. Discovery Center May thru Sept Wed-Sun 10 to 4; Oct Sat & Sun only 10 to 4; closed Nov to Apr.
89 Depot Rd, Greenland, NH 03840
https://www.greatbay.org (603) 778-0015

Gundalow Company
Gundalows were the equivalent of today’s tractor-trailer rigs. Take a sail up the Piscataqua on a Gundalow – a flat bottomed sailboat.
Open: Memorial Day thru October
60 Marcy St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
https://www.gundalow.org (603) 433-9505

Hampton Historical Society & Tuck Museum
The Tuck Museum of Hampton History physically, it consists of a number of buildings, monuments, and artifacts
Open: Year Round
40 Park Ave. Hampton, NH 03842
http://www.hamptonhistoricalsociety.org/tuck.htm (603) 929-0781

Jackson House
A National Historic Landmark, Jackson House is the oldest surviving wood-frame house in New Hampshire.
Open: June-Oct
76 Northwest St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/jackson-house/ (603) 436-3205

James House
The James house is a living museum of architectural and social hhistory of early New England. The James House is recognized as a true “first period” colonial. The house built for Benjamin James in 1723, near the salt meadows of Hampton, New Hampshire, is regarded as perhaps the earliest surviving example of the two-room deep, center-chimney colonial in New Hampshire. All of its original framing remains intact.
Open: Tours available from 1 to 4 on scheduled day May to Oct
186 Towle Farm Rd, PO Box 234 Hampton, NH 03842
http://www.jameshousemuseum.org (603) 926-3851

John Paul Jones House
This 1758 colonial, gambrel-roofed house was the home of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones while in Portsmouth during the war, and now features a collection of furniture, toys, guns, canes and a historic garden.
Open: Memorial Day- mid-October
43 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-8420

Kingston Historical Museum
All of the Museum buildings — including the Firehouse, the Grace Daley Carriage Barn and Breezeway, the Cobbler Shop, and the Tramp House — are located adjacent to the Town Hall on Main Street
Open: June thru October
3 Depot Rd Kingston, NH 03848
https://www.kingstonnh.org/historical-museum-committee (603) 542-5508

Marshall House Museum/Newton Historical Society
The Newton Historical Society owns two original Hayford Carriages, which are stored at one of their two museums, the Marshall House Museum. Another large industry in Newton was the Ice Industry. There were two major ice companies operating in Newton over the years. The largest was the Boston Ice Co.
Open: speical events. Call for hours & openings
22 South Main St, PO Box 289 Newton, NH 03858
http://www.newtonhistoricalsociety.org/index.html (603) 382-0949

Moffat-Ladd House & Gardens
National Historic Landmark open to the public since 1912. Learn about the architecture and furnishings of this historic home lived in by the same family for over 150 years. Visit the gardens which include a English Damask rose planted in 1768 and a Horse Chestnut tree planted in 1776.
Open: June-Oct
154 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
http://moffattladd.org (603) 430-7968

Museum of Art at UNH
Collection includes paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, works on paper and African Art.
Open: Sept to May
30 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824
https://cola.unh.edu/museum-art (603) 862-3712

Museum of Durham History
The museum is located upstairs at the courthouse, on the corner of Route 108 and Main Streets. Look for the old brick building with the curved door, a rarity even when first built. It houses a growing collection of objects related to Durham, as well as archives of local and genealogical interest. Museum also offers a “Walking Tour” brochure at nominal cost.
Open: Free & open to the public by appt only. Also hosts scheduled programs and lectures.
8 Newmarket Rd, Durham, NH 03824
https://www.ci.durham.nh.us/community/durham-historic-association (603) 868-5571

Newington Old Town Hall
City Offices in an historic Old Town Hall. Part of the Newington Historic District. This area includes the town common, laid out in 1640, a cluster of civic buildings, and several private residences, as well as remnants of the state’s oldest town forest. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Newington’s Old Parsonage (1710), one of the oldest buildings in New Hampshire
336 Nimble Rd, Newington, NH 03801
Town of Newington website: https://www.newington.nh.us (603) 436-7640

Plaistow Historical Society
Pictures & Memorabilia of Plaistow History
Open: Thursdays 10-2 or by appt
127 Main St, Plaistow, NH 03865
https://plaistowhistorical.org (603) 382-1675

Portsmouth Anthenaeum
The Portsmouth Athenæum is an independent membership library, gallery and museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States. It preserves material relevant to local history, and sponsors exhibitions, concerts and lectures for its proprietors, scholars and the general public.
Open: Year Round
9 Market Square, PO Box 366 Portsmouth, NH 03801
https://portsmouthathenaeum.org (603) 431-2538

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire consists of 24 sites and promotes awareness and appreciation of African American history and life. Black Heritage Trail will connect the stories of New Hampshire’s African heritage by documenting and marking visible many of the historic sites that testify to this rich history.
Open: Outdoor Tour – Year Round
10 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
http://blackheritagetrailnh.org (603) 380-1231

Rochester Museum of Fine Arts
The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts is a community art initiative dedicated to the accessibility of contemporary works made by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists.
Open: Year Round
150 Wakefield St at Community Center, Rochester, NH 03867
http://www.rochestermfa.org (603) 295-1713

Rundlet-May House
Merchant James Rundlet built his home on a terraced rise and filled it with the finest furnishings available. His home was equipped with the latest technologies. The kitchen boasts both a Rumford roaster and a Rumford range. There is an early coal-fired central heating system and an indoor well. The gardens retain their original layout with plantings that were popular during the Colonial Revival period.
Open: June-Oct
364 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/rundlet-may-house/ (603) 436-3205

Rye Historical Society
Through special exhibits, regular programs and museum hours to Society aims to engage people in the vital aspects of Rye’s history so that current issues may be better understood and future plans respect the natural and human history of the town.
Open: Saturday 10-noon and by request
10 Old Parish Rd, PO Box 583 Rye, NH 03870
https://www.ryenhhistoricalsociety.org (603) 997-6742

Sandown Historical Society
Bringing the past to the present for the future. you will see exhibits on the local history of the town of Sandown, enjoy displays about the Boston & Maine Railroad’s line through town, and climb aboard railroad equipment that train crews would have used to clear snow and to inspect the tracks.
Open: Saturday 10-2 May thru Oct or by appt
6 Depot Rd, PO Box 300 Sandown, NH 03873
http://sandownnhdepot.org (603) 887-6100

Seacoast African American Cultural Center
With concerts, educational programs, exhibits from notable artists, an active book group, and valuable collections of African artifacts, the Seacoast African American Cultural Center (SAACC) has become the hub of activity to showcase the contributions of individuals of African descent in the seacoast community.
Open: Apr thru midDecember
10 Middle St, PO Box 4444, Portsmouth 03802 Portsmouth, NH 03801
https://www.saacc-nh.org (603) 430-6027

Seacoast Science Center
Science Center featuring fish and marine mammals along with touch tanks and a Discovery Dock for kids. Get your hands wet! Explore, discover & connect with nature.
Open: Year Round reduced hours in winter
570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870
https://www.seacoastsciencecenter.org (603) 436-8043

Stone School Museum
The Stone School is a historic school building. Built in 1841-42, it served the town as a school until 1966, and is a distinctive example of the town’s stone architecture. It is now the Stone School Museum, a local history museum.
Open: Summer Sundays during Farmer’s Markets 9-12:30
1 Granite St, New Market, NH 03857
http://www.newmarketnhhistoricalsociety.org (603) 659-7420

Stratham Historical Society
Dedicated to the study of the prehistoric and the historic past of Stratham, New Hampshire, and of communities and cultures related to that history. I
Open: Year Round
158 Portsmouth Ave, PO Box 39 Stratham, NH 03885
https://www.strathamnh.gov/historical-society (603) 778-0434

Strawbery Banke
Outdorr living history museum of 32 houses and 10 gardens. Engaging costumed roleplayers share the experiences of those who lived and worked in the historic waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock.
Open: May -Oct plus Christmas Stroll in Dec
14 Hancock St, PO Box 300 Portsmouth, NH 03801
http://www.strawberybanke.org (603) 433-1100

Summersworth Historical Museum
The museum has two full floors of artifacts, there is sure to be something to peak every visitors interests. To top it all off, admission to the museum is free, and the entire building is handicap accessible.
Open: Sundays 12:30 t0 3:30
157 Main St, Somersworth, NH 03878
http://summersworthmuseum.weebly.com (603) 507-2402

Tobias Lear House
Historic House (1740), on the National Register of Historic places. It was long is a state of disrepair but now in the process of being converted into a two bedroom Inn. Lear served as the personal secretary to President George Washington, who visited the home during his 1789 New England tour.
Open: rarely open to the public – special events only
51 Hunking St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 661-4117

Vaugh Cottage Museum & Library
Free but involves a ferry ride to Star Island. Artifacts often displayed include the pottery and works of Celia Thaxter, photographs of the islands throughout time, maps, and ephemera from the original Oceanic Hotel. The library contains a small collection of books both historical and contemporary, and provides a quiet space for people to relax.
Open: Summer Only
Stone Cottage Morton Benedict House, 30 Middle Street, Portsmouth 03801 Star Isalnd,Isle of Shoals, NH
https://starisland.org/faq/vaughn-thaxter-memorial-cottage/ Business Office: (603) 430-6272

Warner House
Warner House was the Governor’s Mansion when Portsmouth was the State Capitol. It is the oldest Urban Brick House in northern New England and home to sic generations of family.
Open: June-Oct
150 Daniel St, PO Box 895, Portsmouth, 03802 Portsmouth, NH 03801
https://www.warnerhouse.org (603) 436-5909

Wentworth By The Sea
One of NH’s Grand Dame Historic Hotels, now owned and operated by Marriott. This Grand Dame by the Sea was originally built in 1874. The Wentworth’s claim to history is its role in the 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth that ended the Russo-Japanese War, when the hotel housed the
Russian, Japanese and American delegations.
Open: Year Round
588 Wentworth Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03854
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/psmww-wentworth-by-the-sea-a-marriott-hotel-and-spa/ (603) 432-7322

Wentworth Gardner House
Located in the historic South End neighborhood of Portsmouth, NH, the Wentworth-Gardner house overlooks the back channel of the Piscataqua River. The museum consists of two structures that date from the mid-18th century: the Wentworth-Gardner House and the historic Warehouse.
Open: late May – Columbus Day
50 Mechanic St PO Box 563, Portsmouth 03802 Portsmouth, NH 03801
https://www.wentworth-gardner.org (603) 436-4406

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion
Wentworth–Coolidge Mansion is a 40-room clapboard house which was built as the home, offices and working farm of colonial Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire.
Open: Grounds Daily Year Round. Mansion Tours May thru October
375 Little Harbor Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801
https://wentworthcoolidge.org/visit/ (603) 436-6607

Woodman Museum
The Woodman, founded in 1916, is a traditional early 20th-century style natural science, history, and art museum with exhibits for all ages. The campus is home to four buildings, which include the Woodman House (1818), the Hale House (1813), the William Damm Garrison (1675) and the Keefe House (1825).
Open: April-midDec
182 Central Ave, PO Box 1916, Dover 03821 Dover, NH 03820
https://woodmanmuseum.org (603) 742-1038

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LAKES REGION

Allard House and Works Barn Museum/Freedon Historical Society
The Works Barn houses a collection of farm tools, machinery and vehicles in use before electricity or gasoline engines. In the Allard House you can see Freedom memorabilia, mostly items donated by local residents. The furnishings generally reflect the late nineteenth century, when most of the village houses were built. Here you will find an Estey parlor organ, period costumes, a tiny doll house, a surveyor’s compass, photographs, books, and many other unique items.
Open: Memorial Day thru Labor Day Wed & Sat 10-noon; or by appt
28 Old Portland Rd, PO Box 548 Freedom, NH 03836
https://freedomhistoricalsociety.org/contact/ John Shipman (Pres), 603-539-5799

American Classic Arcade Museum
Preserves the history of coin operated video games from the early 20th Centruy to the mid Century Penny Arcades of our childhood up to the industry crrash in the late 1980’s.
Open: year round
579 Endicott Street North, PO Box 5533, Weirs Beach 03247 Laconia, NH 03246
https://www.classicarcademuseum.org (603) 393-7903

Ashland Railroad Museum
The museum was originally built circa 1869 as a passenger station by the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad. The museum is one of the best preserved late 19th century railroad stations in New Hampshire, and houses a growing collection of railroad artifacts, pictures, and documents.
Open: July & August
132 Depot Street, Ashland, NH 03217
https://www.oldashlandnh.org

Barnstormers Theater
Take in a show at the oldest ongoing professional summer theatre in the United States. It was founded in 1931 by Francis Cleveland, the son of twenty-second president Grover Cleveland.
Open: Late May thru end of August
104 Main St, Tamworth, NH 03886
https://www.barnstormerstheatre.org (603) 323-8500

Belknap Mill Museum
Built in 1823 as a textile mill, the Belknap Mill has served as an art and history center. The museum offers a permanent exhibit on industrial history, and changing exhibits on art and history.
Open: Year Round
25 Beacon St E, Laconia, NH 03246
https://www.belknapmill.org/ (603) 524-8813

Castle In The Clouds
Castle in the Clouds is a 16-room mansion and 5,500-acre mountaintop estate in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. It overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains from a rocky outcropping of Lee Mountain formerly known as “The Crow’s Nest”.
Open: late May-Dec
455 Old Mountain Road, PO Box 687 Moultonborough, NH 03254
https://www.castleintheclouds.org (603) 476-2512

Clark House
The Clark House was donated to the Town of Wolfeboro by Greenleaf Clark. Three Generations of the Clark Family lived in the house for over 100 years from 1817-1917.
Open: Wed thru Sat, July 1 to early Sept
233 S. Main St, PO Box 1066 Wolfeboro, NH 03894
http://www.wolfeborohistoricalsociety.org (603) 569-4997

Daniel Webster Birth Place
The Daniel Webster Birthplace is associated with the birth and early childhood years of Daniel Webster, one of our country’s most respected orators and statesmen. While the site affords a view of the early years of Daniel Webster, it also provides a glimpse of 1700s farm life in the infant years of the United States.
Open: end of May thru end of September plus Columbus Day weekend
131 North Road, Franklin, NH 03235
https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/historic-sites/daniel-webster-birthplace (603) 934-5057

Elisha Marston House/Sanwich Historical Organization
Located in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire, the mission of the Sandwich Historical Society is to collect and preserve the material culture and historical record of the town of Sandwich, and to use these resources in service to the public through educational experiences and outreach to the community.
Open: late June to late Sept. Wed-Sat in July & Aug, Thurs-Sat in June & Sept. Winter by appt
4 Maple St, PO Box 244 Sandwich, NH 03227
http://www.sandwichhistorical.org (603) 284-6269

Farmington Historical Society
We have a large, diverse collection of thousands of documents, photos, and artifacts that span many eras and disciplines in North American history and encompass treasures of local, regional, and national value.
Open: 1st Fri of the month during Society Meetings plus Hay Day and by appt
107 Spruce Drive, Farmington, NH 03835
http://www.farmingtonnhhistory.org/p/museum.html (603) 755-2525

Grant Hall Museum of Ossipee History
Se a civil war uniform, the fishing boat used by President Grover Cleveland, and many local artifacts.
Open: most Sundays 9-1 July & Aug
52 NH 16B, PO Box 177 Ossipee, NH 03864
https://historicalsocietyofossipee.org/grant-hall-museum (603) 539-6784

Harold S Gilman Museum
A collection of guns, furniture, dolls, buttons, toys and a unique collection of family papers and photographs that he and his wife Pearl had amassed over their 50 year marriage for the establishment of a Museum in the Town of Alton.
Open: by appointment
123 Main St, Alton, NH 03809
https://www.alton.nh.gov/government/harold-s-gilman-museum (603) 875-2161

Laconia Historical & Museum Society
The Society places special emphasis on the three Laconia Piscataqua plantations from which the city took its name, as well as the three major and distinct population centers, downtown Laconia, Lakeport, and The Weirs. The Society strives to meet this goal through its collection of archival materials, artifacts of daily life, and fine and decorative arts.
Open: currently accessible thru programs & special exhibits
695 Main St, PO Box 1126, Laconia, 03247 Laconia, NH 03246
http://www.laconiahistory.org (603) 527-1278

Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Museum
The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Lake Winnipesaukee and the towns that circle its shores.
Open: midJune – Columbus Day
503 Endicott St, N PO Box 5386, Weirs, NH 03247 Laconia, NH 03246
http://lwhs.us/museum.htm (603) 366-5950

Lane Tavern
The exact date of its construction is unknown, but records related to its operation date before 1808. Charles Lane bought the tavern in 1825, and the Lane name has remained part of its heritage. It was once a stop on the Coach Road.The building now serves as the headquarters of the Sanbornton Historical Society, as well being available for rent for special events. Society collects historic materials related to the Town of Sanbornton
Open: Special Event. Tours available during Old Home Days
Sanbornton Square, PO Box 204 Sanbornton, NH 03269
https://lanetavern.org (603) 286-7227

Loon Center
Markus Wildlife Walking Trails are open year round dawn to dusk. Our interpretive exhibits, presentations, and nature trails on our 200 acre wildlife sanctuary (including over 5,000 feet of pristine shoreline on Lake Winnipesaukee), give over 10,000 yearly visitors an introduction to the natural environment of New Hampshire and promote a greater understanding of loons and the natural world.
Open: July1-Columbus Day Daily 9 to 5; mid-May to June 30th Mon thru Sat 9 to 5; Columbus Day o mid-May Thurs thru Sat 9 to 5
183 Lees Mill Rd, PO Box 604 Moultonborough, NH 03254
https://loon.org (603) 476-5666

Madison Historical Society
Preserving and presenting the history of the Town of Madison thru special exhibits, programs, and displays.
Open: Memorial Day thru Labor Day, Tuesday 2 to 4
19 E Madison Rd, PO Box 505 Madison, NH 03849
http://www.madisonnhhistoricalsociety.org (603) 367-4640

Mary Baker Eddy House
Living in this house, Mary Baker Eddy’s prospects brightened, if only in limited ways. She reconnected with her son and her health improved somewhat. She also began to write down her thoughts on the spiritual meaning of the Bible. The tour is paired with a visit to the Mary Baker Eddy House in North Groton, MA
Open: May 1 to Oct 3: Thurs thru Sat 10-4; Sunday 1-4 by appt. 48 hours advance notice suggested
58 Stinson Lake Rd, Rumney, NH 03266
https://www.longyear.org/visit/historic-houses/rumney-nh/ To arrange Tours call: 800.277.8943, ext. 100 and leave a message

Meredith Historical Society
The former Oak Hill Free Will Baptist Church, aka the Pottle Meetinghouse, is one of the oldest buildings still standing in the town. It was acquired by the Meredith Historical Society in 1950. After years of use as its headquarters, the building was converted in 1998 into a historical museum displaying decades-old farming equipment used during the seasonal cycle of farming in early New Hampshire.
Open: Main St:Memorial Day to Columbus Day; Farm: mid June to Columbus Day
45 Main St, Meredith, NH 03253
https://www.mhsweb.org (603) 279-1190

NH Boat Museum
Visitors can enjoy seeing a variety of boats on display within the Museum. The main exhibit changes annually. Visitors can also experience the thrill of riding in a replica vintage boat in NHBM’s very own 1928-style Hacker Craft mahogany triple cockpit, the Millie B.
Open: Memorial Day-Columbus Day
399 Center St, PO Box 1195 Wolfeboro, NH 03896
https://www.nhbm.org (603) 569-4554

NH Farm Museum
Three centuries of New Hampshire rural life are presented in the historic farmhouse.
Open: Year Round – Hours Vary
1305 White Mountain Hwy, Milton, NH 03851
https://nhfarmmuseum.org (603)652-7840

Old Country Store & Museum
The store is among the oldest in the country and also one of the oldest surviving businesses of any kind. It has been the scene of town meetings in the early 1800’s, and again in the 1900’s; the library; post office for over 100 years; and a stage stop.
Open: Year Round 7 Days a Week
1011 Whittier Hwy, PO Box 186 Moultonborough, NH 03254
http://www.nhcountrystore.com (603) 476-5750

Pepi Hermann Crystal
Both a gallery & Museum. Pepi Herrmann has been creating hand cut crystal masterpieces since 1974. As one of only a handful of master crystal cutters in the United States, he has devoted his career to reviving the lost art of Brilliant cut crystal.
Open: Year Round
3 Waterford Pl, Gilford, NH 03249
http://www.handcut.com (603) 528-1020

Prescott Farm
Prescott Farm features 160 acres of designated wildlife viewing area, heritage and vegetable gardens, and 3+ miles of nature trails, along with our Natural Playscape. A variety of educational programs are offered.
Open: Year Round
928 White Oaks Rd, Laconia, NH 03246
https://prescottfarm.org (603) 366-5695

Quimby Barn Transportation Museum
Display include the “Sandwich Coach,” a Concord Coach No. XVI, a nine passenger, city-style, wooden boot, mail coach. There is also a Mail Wagon and a Hearse along with other wagons and coaches.
Open: Saturdays during Summer 10AM-2PM
16 Maple St, PO Box 244 Sandwich, NH 03227
http://www.sandwichhistorical.org/transportation-museum.html (603) 284-6269

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
Located in Historic Tamworth Village where father & son “country doctors” practiced for a combined 99 years. The museum encompass the Remick homestead including two homes, three barns, outbuildings, and farm – nearly 100 acres to explore.
Open: Year Round but call first Dec-April for available programs
58 Cleveland Hill Rd, Tamworth, NH 03886
http://www.remickmuseum.org/index.php (603) 323-7591

Squam Lake Natural Science Center
Live animal exhibits, natural trail, informal public gardens, and Squam Lake cruises.
Open: May 1 – Nov 1
23 Science Center Road, PO Box 173 Holderness, NH 03245
https://www.nhnature.org (603) 968-7194

The Libby Museum
The oldest Natural History Museum in NH. The museum houses a collection of birds, furred animals, skeletons and exotic artifacts dedicated to Dr. Libby’s love of the natural world.
Open: June – Oct. Hours may vary – currently under renovation
755 N Main St, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
http://thelibbymuseum.squarespace.com (603) 569-1035

Thompson Ames Historical Society
The Society owns or lease three historic buildings in Gilford: Mt. Belknap Grange/John J Morrill Store (1857); The Union Meeting House (1834); and the Benjamin Rowe House (1838).
Open: requests for tours welcomed or whenever the flag is flying
8 Belknap Mountain Rd, Gilford, NH 03249
http://www.gilfordhistoricalsociety.org (603) 527-9009

Tuftonboro Histroical Society
Open: Julu & Aug Wed & Fri 2-4 and Sat 10-1 plus Speical Programs
449 Gov Wentworth Hwy, Rt 109, Melvin Village Tuftonboro, NH 03850
https://www.facebook.com/tuftonborohistoricalsociety/ (603) 520-0395

Wakefield Heritage Park Railroad Museum
The 1912 Union Train Station, freight house, and blacksmith shop on Chapel Street (within walking distance of the station) are all owned and maintained by the Wakefield Heritage Commission. Displays currently include an original wood Bangor and Aroostook snowplow last used by the Wolfeboro Railroad, ice cutting tools, railroad tools, a 1909 Boston and Maine Railroad model layout of the villages of Wakefield, and much more.
Open: end of June thru MidOctober
2 High St, Wakefield, NH 03872
http://www.historicwakefieldnh.com/heritage-park-.html (603) 998-0860

Whipple House Museum
The Whipple House is the 1837 brick home which was the birthplace and childhood home of George Hoyt Whipple winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine. Near by also find The Pauline E. Glidden Toy Museum displays antique toys, dolls, children’s books, and local history.
Open: July thru September
14 Pleasant St, Ashland, NH 03217
see https://whipple.org/photos/georgehoytbirthplace.html | https://www.eventcrazy.com/Ashland-NH/attractions/details/7369-Whipple-House-and-Glidden-Toy-Museum (603) 968-7716

Wright Museum of WWII
Unique to traditional WWII museums, the over 14,000 items in the collection are representative of both the home front and the battle field. These irreplaceable items, together with fully operational military vehicles, introduce visitors to a seminal period in American history.
Open: May – Oct
77 Center St, PO Box 1212 Wolfeboro, NH 03894
https://www.wrightmuseum.org (603) 569-1212

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DARTMOUTH / LAKE SUNAPEE REGION

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum
The mission of the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum is to preserve and make available to the public the artwork and writings of Aidron Duckworth (1920-2001), as well as to promote the appreciation, practice, and teaching of art in and around New Hampshire and surrounding communities.
Open: end of April to end of October
21 Bean Rd, Plainfield, NH 03770
http://www.aidronduckworthmuseum.org (603) 469-3444

Andover Historical Society Museum-Potter Place Railroad Station
The Potter Place Railroad Station, built in 1874, houses a significant portion of the Society’s historical collection. This station is an extremely well-preserved example of Victorian station design and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located on the Northern Railroad (later the Boston and Maine Railroad) line that ran from Boston to White River Junction in Vermont and on to Montreal. This station preserves intact the station master’s office and recreates the feeling of a busy railroad depot of the early to mid-20th century.
Open: Summer Weekends Memorial Day to Columbus Day
105-106 Depot St, PO Box 167 Andover, NH 03216
http://andoverhistory.org (603) 735-5628

AVA Gallery & Art Center
AVA Gallery and Art Center is supported in part by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Offers classes and exhibits.
Open: Tues – Sat Year Round or by appt
11 Bank St, Lebanon, NH 03766
https://avagallery.org (603) 448-3117

Canaan Historical Museum
The Museum has the bells from the Canaan High.and Canaan Center School, the bench from the Canaan Railroad station, the movie projectors, used in the Town Hall Theatre, a century-old accordion owned by Hiram Blaisdell and a display of science equipment purchased in the 1850s at a cost of $850.00.
Open: July – October
496 Canaan St Canaan , NH 03741
http://www.canaannh.org/boards/museum_curators/index.html (603) 523-7364

Claremont History Museum
The Claremont NH History Museum houses the Society’s library collection, a children’s room, a natural history collection, colonial kitchen, military uniforms, and several important paintings by Scott Leighton
Open: mid June to mid September
26 Mulberry St, Claremont, NH 03743
http://www.claremonthistoricalsociety.org/index.html (603) 543-1400

Enfield Shaker Village Museum
Discover the History, Culture, and Legacy of the Shaker Community as you tour the Great Stone Dwelling and take a Village Walking Tour.
Open: May – Dec 22
447 NH Rt 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
https://shakermuseum.org (603) 632-4346

Fells Historic Estate & Gardens
Explore the early 20th-century summer estate of diplomat and statesman John Milton Hay. Discover the extensive formal & informal gardens.
Open: House open Memorial Day – Columbus Day; Grounds open Year Round
456 Rt 103A, PO Box 276 Newbury, NH 03255
https://thefells.org (603) 763-4789

Fort at No. 4 Living History Museum
Open Air Museum. The Fort at Number 4 was a fortification protecting Plantation Number 4, the northernmost British settlement along the Connecticut River in New Hampshire until after the French and Indian War. Number 4 was one of 32 towns established on the same day through the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Open: May thru 1st weekend in November
267 Springfield Rd, Rt 11 PO Box 1336 Charlestown, NH 03603
http://www.fortat4.org (603) 826-5700

Historic Newport Walking Tour
Surrounded by foothills, our Main Street boasts one of the largest Town Commons in the state, our Town Hall/Opera House, built in 1886, the “Little Red Schoolhouse” preserved just as it was in 1885, two of the eight remaining historic railroad covered bridges in North America, a 1994 replica of the Corbin Covered Bridge built c. 1835 and destroyed by arson in 1993, three original Revere bells, a view from the Pinnacle, and the Pollards Mill swimming hole.
Open: Year Round – stop in at Town Hall
15 Sunapee St, Newport, NH 03773
https://www.newportnh.gov/about-newport/pages/historic-walking-tour (603) 863-1877

Hood Museum of Art
Dating back to 1772, the museum is owned and operated by Dartmouth College. The current building, designed by Charles Willard Moore and Chad Floyd, opened in the fall of 1985. In 2019, the Hood Museum expansion increased gallery space by a third and made improvements to the original Charles Wilard Moore gallery. The museum houses both permanent collections and visiting exhibitions. While visiting the Hood Museum, be sure to visit the Epic of American Civilization murals at the Baker Library on the Dartmouth campus and the public art on view throughout the campus.
Open: Year Round
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755
https://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu (603) 646-2808

Little Red Schoolhouse
The Little Red School House, or the District No. 7 Schoolhouse is a one-room schoolhouse on New Hampshire Route 10, south of downtown Newport, New Hampshire. Built in 1835, it is one of the state’s few surviving pre-1850 district schoolhouses, and one of the least-altered of that group. It is currently owned by the Daughters of The American Revolution.
Open: Sat in July & Aug 1 to 4 pm
Rt 10 South of Town, Newport, NH 03773
https://www.dar.org/national-society/historic-sites-and-properties/little-red-schoolhouse

Lockehaven Schoolhouse Museum
This 1864 historic building displays collections of school textbooks and registers, town reports, scrapbooks, desk and seats, photographs of former teachers and schools in the surrounding districts.
Open: Sundays, June to Sept 2-4 pm
Lockehaven Rd, Enfield, NH 03748
https://www.eventcrazy.com/Enfield-NH/attractions/details/50453-Lockehaven-Schoolhouse-Museum (603) 632-7740

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
The museum displays artifacts from pre-historic to contemporary Native American cultures. Outdoors is the Medicine Wood Trail and an arboretum.
Open: May 1 to Oct 31 or by appointment
18 Highlawn Rd, Warner, NH 03278
https://www.indianmuseum.org (603) 456-2600

Muster Field Farm Museum
An 18th Century Historic Homestead, restored farm buildings, and bicentennial working farm
Open: Year Round
Harvey Rd, North Sutton, NH 03260
http://www.musterfieldfarm.com (603) 927-4276

New London Historical Society
A collection of buildings and artifacts preserving the history of New London.
Open: Memorial Day to early October
179 Little Sunapee Rd, PO Box 965 New London, NH 03257
http://www.newlondonhistoricalsociety.org (603) 526-6564

Newport Historical Society Museum
Come and enjoy the rich history of our beloved town! Our current displays include a colonial kitchen, a gallery of fine oil paintings by Andre Champollion, a colonial bedroom and two other rooms where exhibits are rotated annually in September.
Open: Sundays 10-2 year round
20 Central St PO Box 413 Newport, NH 03773
http://www.newportnhhistory.org/ (603) 863-1294

NH Telephone Museum
The New Hampshire Telephone Museum houses a tangible history of telecommunications which can be viewed via guided or self-guided tours.
Open: May – Oct
1 Depot St, Warner, NH 03278
https://www.nhtelephonemuseum.org (603) 456-2234

Old Webster Meeting House
The Old Webster Meeting House is an historic meeting house at 1220 Battle Street in Webster, New Hampshire. Built in 1791, and altered in the 1840s, the meeting house is one of a small number of 18th-century meeting houses to survive in northern New England. The property also includes a horse shed and across the street is the Hy-Mar Fire Station.
Open: Special Events & Open House – check for dates
Webster Historical Society, 1215 Battle St, Webster 03303
http://websterhistoricalsociety.org

Saint-Gaudens National Park
This site preserves the home, gardens, and studios of one of America’s foremost sculptor’s, Augustus Saint Gaudens. Original Sculptures and reproductions of his work are on display. An example of his work is the bronze Memorial on the Boston Commons across from the MA State House.
Open: Sat or Memorial Day til Oct 31st
139 Saint Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH 03745
https://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm (603) 675-2175

Salisbury Historical Society
Museum includes a classic Baptist Meeting house. The museum houses a collection of historical objects and displays including an example of a country store and post office
Open: Fall & Winter by Appt / Spring & Summer
Old Turnpike Rd, PO Box 263 Salisbury, NH 03268
https://www.salisburyhistoricalsociety.org (603) 642-2134

Springfield Historical Society
Historical research is available through this website, at the museum, or via contact with the president: Janet Booker
Open: Sat 2-4 July & Aug; and May “our Town” Tours
43 Four Corners Rd, Springfield, NH 03284
http://www.historicalspringfieldnh.org/index.php 603-496-5462

Upton Chandler, Main Street House Museum, & Lower Warner Meeting House/Warner Historical Society
HIstoric Buildings open for tours select days and hours. Owned and operated by the Warner Historic Society.
Open: Main St Tues 1-4, often Mon & Wed but call ahead; Upton Chandler Tues 1-4, Sat 10-1
15 West Main St, PO Box 189 Warner, NH 03278
https://www.warnerhistorical.org (603) 456-2437

Washington Historical Society & Museum
Museum, Barn and District #5 School, an 1849 one room schoolhouse in East Washington, New Hampshire.
Open: Saturdays July & August appointments year round
100 Half Moon Pond Rd, PO Box 90 Washington, NH 03280
http://wanhhs.weebly.com (603)478-5650

Webster Cottage Museum
1780 farmhouse, originally built for the Reverend Sylvanus Ripley and his wife, Abigail, daughter of Dartmouth College founder and first president Reverend Eleazar Wheelock. Maintained by Hanover Historical Society. Daniel Webster lived here as a student; some furnishings were once his.
Open: Memorial Day to mid October
32 N Main St, Hanover, NH 03755
https://home.dartmouth.edu/  (603) 643-6529

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MONADNOCK REGION

Amos J. Blake House – Fitzwilliam Historic Society
The Amos J. Blake house, built in 1837, was designed to be a store with living quarters attached. The Blake family purchased the house in 1865, and Amos, a community leader and state legislator, set up the front rooms to use as his law office. The house remained in the Blake family until 1966. (The house is also said to be haunted.)
Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day plus Special Events (Strawberry Festival & Antiques Show)
66 Rt 119, PO Box 87 Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
https://www.fitzhistoric.org

Ball Mansion
The headquarters of the Historical Society of Cheshire County are located at the “Ball Mansion,” an 1870 Italianate structure located at 246 Main Street in Keene. The Ball Mansion features exhibit galleries, meeting space, a research library and archives, public restrooms, and free parking.
Open: T/Th/Fr 9-4; 1st & 3rd Sat 9-noon
246 Main St, PO Box 803 Keene, NH 03431
https://hsccnh.org/plan-a-visit/historical-society-of-cheshire-county-group-visits/our-buildings/ball-mansion/ (603) 352-1895

Barrett House aka Forest Hall
The mansion sits on more than seventy acres that include perennial and annual gardens and a Gothic Revival summer house that crowns the hillside overlooking the expansive grounds. Learn about the multiple generations that resided at Barrett House, their lifestyles, and the impressive country estate that represents a vanished way of life from a time when New Ipswich was an active mill town.
Open: June 1 to Oct 15
79 Main St, New Ipswich, NH 03071
https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/barrett-house/ (617) 994-6675

Bruder House
The Historical Society of Cheshire County acquired the Bruder House, a brick dwelling built in 1839 that is located adjacent to the Wyman Tavern. The building will become a welcome center and educational venue for the Historical Society.
Open: Under Renovation, not yet open
349 Main St PO Box 803 Keene, NH 03431
https://hsccnh.org/plan-a-visit/historical-society-of-cheshire-county-group-visits/our-buildings/bruder-house/ (603) 352-1895

Cathedral of the Pines
An open-air complex that was built as a memorial to American war dead. It incorporates a multi-denominational sanctuary, other sacred spaces, and a number of burial grounds. The associated museum has hundreds of artifacts that have been donated to Cathedral of the Pines over the last 60 years.
Open: Year Round
682 Hancock Rd, Harrisville, NH 03450
https://www.cathedralofthepines.org (603) 899-3300

Cheshire Children’s Museum
Children’s museum featuring interactive exhibits, themed play rooms & toddler-friendly areas.
Open: Year Round
Colony Mill Marketplace, Keene, NH 03431
https://www.cheshirechildrensmuseum.org (603) 903-1800

Distant Hill Trails & Garden
Distant Hill is an environmental and horticultural learning center dedicated to inspiring and empowering children and adults to cultivate an intimate connection to the natural world through education and observation. There is a wheelchair and stroller accessible mile long network of trails and many cultivated gardens and much more to see and learn about.
Open: Trails year round, Gardens May-Sept
507 March Hill Rd, Walpole, NH 03608
https://www.distanthill.org (603) 756-4179

Dublin Historical Society
We operate a small museum in an old one-room schoolhouse on Main Street just below the current elementary school.
Open: Sat morning during summer or by appt
8 Church St, Dublin, NH 03444
https://dublinhistory.org (603) 563-8545

Francestown Village Store
Established in 1814, the Francestown Village Store was the 2nd oldest continuously operating general store in the state. The Long Store, built by Peter Clark in 1814, has also been the home of two banks (Francestown Saving Bank-1851~1863 & First National Bank of Francestown-1863~1891), the Post Office, a Harness Maker, Jeweler, the Mt. Crotchet Engine Company No. 1., Vadney’s General Store, and perhaps several others along the way, proudly serving our community for over 200 years.
Open: Year Round
74 Main St, Francestown, NH 03043
http://www.francestownvillagestore.org/ (603) 547-6861

Franklin Pierce Homestead
his substantial two-story frame and clapboard house was the home of Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States, from his infancy until his marriage in 1834.
Open: Memorial Day thru Columbus Day
Rts 9 & 31/301 2nd NH Turnpike, Hillsborough, NH 03244
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/presidents/franklin_pierce_homestead.html (603) 478-3165

Frye’s Measure Mill
Shaer & Colonial Box Makers. Daniel Cragin Mill, known today as the Frye’s Measure Mill, is a historic watermill established in 1858.
Open: Summer Only. Call for Holiday & other hours
12 Frye Mill Road Wilton, NH 03086
http://www.fryesmeasuremill.com/welcome.html (603) 654-6581

Hillsborough Heritage Museum
The Museum collects and preserves exhibits and documents pertinent to the history of Hillsborough and the life and Legacy of Native Son Franklin Pierce, our 14th President.
Open: Year Round
5 Central St, Hillsborough, NH 03244
http://hillsboroughhistory.org (603) 464-3637

Historical Society of Cheshire County
Operates a Cultural Heritage Center from it’s three iconic buildings on Keene’s Main Street. The museum offers changing exhibits such as “The Story of Toy Manufacturing” and also offers Walking Tours.
Open: Year Round
246 Main St, PO Box 803 Keene, NH 03431
https://hsccnh.org (603) 352-1895

Horatio Colony House Museum
Old-time New England home with period decor, artwork & a garden, also featuring workshops & events.
Open: May thru mid-Oct or by appointment
199 Main St, Keene, NH 03431
http://horatiocolonymuseum.org (603) 352-0460

Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
A ‘hands-on’ museum of artifacts from around the world, located in the center of Peterborough in the historic Baptist Church building. We celebrate other cultures with regional exhibitions, performances and programs.
Open: Year Round
26 Main St, Peterborough, NH 03458
http://mariposamuseum.org (603) 924-4555

Melville Academy Museum
Housed in a private school built in 1833, the museum has two goals — to describe the role of private academies in New England in the early 19th century, and to reflect life in 19th century Jaffrey Center and how its people and history are tied to contemporary times in this small town. The first floor offers exhibits, while the second is set up as a schoolroom.
Open: July & August or by appointment
Thorndike Rond Rd & Blackberry Lane, Jaffrey, NH 03457
http://www.jcvis.org/museum/museum.php (603) 532-4992

Monadnock Center for History & Culture
The Monadnock Center for History and Culture preserves and celebrates our region’s past, enriches its present and shapes its future. The Center’s events and exhibits explore and share our region’s rich history. Its programs, concerts and events enrich cultural life and promote thoughtful discussion and connection to the region.
Open: Year Round
19 Grove St, Peterborough, NH 03458
https://monadnockcenter.org (603) 924-3235

Rindge Historical Society
The Rindge Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for cataloging, maintaining and displaying historical town records and artifacts. In 1994 the society purchased the Freeborn Stearns House, c. 1815, near the town center and converted it into a museum to house its collection. Featured artifacts include the discharge papers of Eleazer Blake signed by George Washington, and the hand painted sleigh of William Dean who was mysteriously murdered in Jaffrey.
Open: Wed 10-noon; 1st Sat of the month 10-2; or by appt
24 School St, Rindge, NH 03461
http://www.rindgehistoricalsociety.org (603) 899-2341

Sheridon House/Winchester Historical Society
It is the purpose of the Winchester Historical Society to engage in research relating to the Town of Winchester, New Hampshire, to gather and preserve historical and genealogical data and artifacts, to promote research pertaining to the town’s history
Open: call to schedule a tour
391 Black Ashuelot Rd, PO Box 64 Winchester, NH 03470
http://www.winchesternhhistoricalsociety.net (603) 239-7399

Stonewall Farm
Stonewall Farm is a nonprofit working farm and educational center. Visit the animal barns, take a variety of farm tours, explore the forest & trails, or visit the organic farm store.
Open: Year Round
242 Chesterfield Rd, Keene, NH 03431
https://stonewallfarm.org (603) 357-7278

Swanzey Historic Museum
The Swanzey Historical Museum was founded by loyal admirers of Swanzey in 1987 as a community resource for preserving and celebrating the uniqueness of our town. Just as humans need memory to navigate the day, communities need “memory” to understand where we have been. The mission of the Historical Museum is to collect and preserve the artifacts of culture and nature of Swanzey, that we may discover our place in the continuum of history.
Open: midJune to Columbus Day
720 Swanzey Road, Rt 10, Swanzey, NH 03446
https://town.swanzey.nh.us/ (603) 352-4579

Troy Historical Society
The Historical Society collect, preserves, and display historic materials pertinent to the Town of Troy, New Hampshire.
Open: 1st & 3rd Sat year round except July & Sept when its the 2nd & 4th Sat
Kimball Hall, 1-5 Depot St, Troy, NH 03465
https://www.troy-nh.us/

Westmoreland Historical Society
The purpose of this Society shall be to preserve and maintain the Park Hill Meeting House and the Corner School House as significant historic landmarks and to promote the use of these buildings for community activities and as museums. The Society seeks to preserve the history of Westmoreland through the acquisition of books, papers, maps, and artifacts
Open: small membership fee to attend special events
Rt 63 @ Park Hill Common, PO Box 105 Westmoreland, NH 03467
http://www.westmorelandhistoricalsociety.org (603) 209-2355

Wilton Town Hall Theater
The Wilton Town Hall Theater, built in 1886. It was first used as a play house for traveling shows and vaudeville. One can still see the original stage that actors used in the late 1800’s. It was then converted in 1912 to a silent film house. Its popularity boomed as sound was introduced, and World War II hit, as it was the only local theater to provide current news reels.
Open: Year Round
Main St Wilton, NH 03086
http://www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com | https://www.wiltonnh.gov

nearby find Andy’s Summer Playhouse in an old Town Meeting Hall [The original Paul Revere and Sons bell damaged in the fire was recast by Henry N. Hooper & Sons of Boston and placed in the new building, where it remains today in the bell tower.], The first Unitarian Congregational Church [The Unitarian Congregational Church in Wilton Center was dedicated in 1861. It replaced the 1775 Meetinghouse destroyed by a fire in 1859. The church also includes a parish house – the historic “Red House” right across the road. On town there are also 2 Stone Arch bridges, a boxed pony truss an covered bridge, and an Historic Train Station.
Wilton, NH 03086
https://www.wiltonnh.gov/visitors/historic_attractions

Wyman Tavern
One of the Historical Society of Cheshire County’s three museum buildings. The Wyman Tavern is a historic house, former tavern, and now a local history museum. Built in 1762 by Isaac Wyman, it also served as the muster ground for militia at the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War.
Open: June thru Labor Day, Thurs – Sat 11 to 4. May – mid-Nov by appt
339 Main St, PO Box 803 Keene, NH 03431
https://hsccnh.org/plan-a-visit/historical-society-of-cheshire-county-group-visits/our-buildings/wyman-tavern/ (603) 352-1895

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WHITE MOUNTAINS REGION

Bethlehem Heritage Museum
The Society has completely restored a former Bethlehem restaurant into the Bethlehem Visitor Center. New Hampshire artifacts, photos and history and an ever-changing display of local history and lore. Return to the glory days of Bethlehem
Open: Year Round
2182 Main St, Bethlehem, NH 03574
https://bethlehemheritagenh.org (603) 869-3330

Campton Historical Society
our mission is to serve as an educational resource through public presentations and lectures, printed information, exhibits, and special events.
Open: mid-April to mid-December
529 Rt 175, PO Box 160 Campton, NH 03223
http://www.camptonhistorical.org (603) 536-5140

Clark’s Trading Post
Family Attraction with Trained Bears, Train Rides, and several museum buildings.
Open: mid-May thru mid-October
110 Daniel Webster Hwy Lincoln, NH 03251
https://clarksbears.com (603) 745-8913

Conway Historical Society
Society operates the Eastman Lord House Museum: The Eastman Lord House is the 1818 “Federal” home of William Kimball and Rhoda (Messer) Eastman. Mr. Eastman made his fortune through the establishment of several mills in Conway Village. It also has exhibits at the Salyards Center for the Arts.
Open: call or email for info
100 Main St, PO Box 1949 Conway, NH 03818
http://conwayhistoricalsociety.org (603) 447-5551

Franconia Heritage Museum
The Franconia Heritage Museum is located in an 1878 New England Farm House with attached barn and sheds. Permanent displays in the furnished 1878 New England farm house and attached buildings include old farm equipment, Old Man of the Mountain, Iron Furnace, Dow Clock, china and more.
Open: Sat 1 to 4 pm Memorial Day to Columbus Day
533 Main St, PO Box 169 Franconia, NH 03580
http://www.franconianh.org/heritage-museum.html (603) 823-5000

Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum
The architecturally unique building, contains displays on area and railroad history. The GHS continually works to expand museum exhibits about the railroads, tourism, the forest products industry and it’s residents.
Open: Memorial Day thru Columbus Day
25 Railroad St, Gorham, NH 03581
https://gorhamnewhampshire.com/Railroad_Museum.html (603) 466-5338

Jackson Historical Society & Museum of White Mountain Art
Our new home in Jackson is in the old Town Hall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Society has restoreed this historic building and created The Museum of White Mountain Art at Jackson. Visit our historic displays, use our archives for your research, enjoy our 19th century collection of White Mountain art.
Open: Sat & Sun 10 to 3
23 Black Mountain Rd, PO Box 8 Jackson, NH 03846
https://www.jacksonhistory.org/ (603) 383-4060

Jefferson Historical Museum
What was once the St. John’s United Methodist Church (built in 1868), now resides the Jefferson Historical Museum (since 1979). The exhibits encapsulate historical life in north country with all sorts of artifacts.
Open: Summer Only
Route 2, PO Box 143 Jefferson, NH 03583
https://jhsnh.org (603) 586-7021

Lisbon Historic & Railroad Station Museum
Preserving and Sharing the Heritage of Lisbon, Landaff & Lyman New Hampshire. The Society has begun to make available online images of photographs and other items in the Society’s collections. These can be seen on an affiliated website recently established for the purpose of sharing a wide range of images relating to the history of the White Mountains region.
Open: May thru Oct/call first, or year round by chance
25 Central St, Lisbon, NH 93585
http://lisbonareahistory.org (603) 838-2200

Margaret & HA Rey Center
Visit the Curious George Cottage, the former summer home of Margret and H.A. Rey, to read Curious George books, walk the Curious George Nature Trail, stroll through the Mary Bierbrier Community Gardens, relax and take in the view of Mt. Tecumseh, and learn about how the Curious George Cottage is going green!
Open: Wed thru Sat 10-3
13 Noon Peak Rd, PO Box 286 Waterville Valley, NH 03215
http://thereycenter.org/ (603) 236-3308

Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway, also known as the Cog, is the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway. The railway is still in operation,
Open: seasonal – see also Snowcoach
3168 Base Stations Road, Bretton Woods, NH 03589
https://www.thecog.com (603) 278-5404

Mount Washington Hotel
One of New Hampshire’s surviving Grand Hotels. Now an Omni Resort. A favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities. Tour the lobby and public spaces and enjoy the views..
Open: year round
310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods, NH 03589
https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/bretton-woods-mount-washington (603) 278-1000

Mountain View Grand
Founded as a humble Inn (1865) the historic hotel has grown over the years providing accomodations for numerous dignitaries. The lobby and public areas are adorned with numerous historic phtograohs and you may even be able to join a tour of the hotel to learn more. The hotel also offers spectacular views of The Presidential Range.
Open: Year Round
101 Mountain View Road, Whitefield, NH 03598
https://www.mountainviewgrand.com 855.837.2100

Mt Washington Observatory & Weather Discovery Center
The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is an interactive science museum that brings the wonder of the atmosphere right to your fingertips! Explore the science of weather and climate through fun, interactive exhibits like our air cannon, sail boat pond and wind room.
Open: Year Round Hours Vary
2779 Whhite Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH 03860
https://www.mountwashington.org/visit-us/weather-discovery-center/ (603) 356-2137

Mt. Washington Valley’s Children’s Museum
A pretend store, treehouse & other settings for imaginative play, plus learning exhibits.
Open: Year Round
2936 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH 03860
https://www.mwvchildrensmuseum.org (603) 356-2992

Museum of the White Mountains
Plymouth State University museum with exhibits on regional history, culture & environmental legacy.
Open: Year Round
34 Highland St, 17 High St MSC73 Plymouth, NH 03264
https://www.plymouth.edu/mwm/ (603) 535-3210

New England Ski Museum
Welcome to the New England Ski Museum. Our mission is to collect, conserve, and exhibit elements of ski history for research, education and inspiration. Our permanent exhibition is From the First Tracks to the Fall Line: eight thousand years of skiing. It presents a timeline of the development of skiing from its prehistoric roots up until the advent of the shaped ski in the 1990s, and includes local aspects of ski history with national implications such as several important ‘firsts’ at Cannon Mountain, and the career of area native Bode Miller.
Open: Memorial Day – end of ski season at Cannon
2628 White Mountain Highway, North Conway NH 03860
135 Tramway Dr, Franconia, NH 03580
http://newenglandskimuseum.org (603) 823-7177

NH Snowmobile Museum
Open: Open House 4th Sunday of the month throughout the year or by appt
157 Deerfield Rd PO Box 10112, Concord, NH 03301 Allentown, NH 03275
http://www.facebook.com/nhsnowmobilemuseum | http://www.nhsnowmobilemuseum.com (603) 722-7069

Presby Transportation Museum
Museum will be home to a collection of antique tractors that are both restored and in the original condition. This museum will showcase equipment that was used in New Hampshire’s, North Country and will highlight the rich agricultural history of the region. This museum is currently under construction in Whitefield, New Hampshire .
154 Airport Rd, Whitefield, NH 03598
http://presbytransportationmuseum.com (603) 837-3826

Rumney Historical Society
to preserve, maintain, and display all materials which accurately reflect upon the history of Rumney – past, present, and future and to make such artifacts readily available to all interested persons.
Open: Memorial Day thru Labor Day on Saturdays 10-2. Also hosts Speical Events
20 Buffalo Rd, PO Box 495 Rumney, NH 03366
http://rumneynh.org/Historical/index.shtml (603) 786-2617

Sugar Hill Historical Museum
The museum includes information of this scenic hillside town from 1780 to the present. Our campus consists of two barns, one main building, and the Reid-Burpee house adjacent to the Carriage Barn. Collection includes tools, carriages, sleighs, folk style paintings and much more. When the museum is open, the fire truck magically appears on the front lawn.
Open: Memorial Day thru Columbus Day
Main St, Sugar Hill, NH 03586
http://www.sugarhillnh.org/library-and-museum/sugar-hill-historical-museum/ (603) 823-5336

The Frost Place
The Frost Place is a museum and nonprofit educational center for poetry located at Robert Frost’s former home
Open: Memorial Day til Fall
158 Ridge Rd, Franconia, NH 03580
https://frostplace.org (603) 823-5510

The Rocks Estate
Beyond the neat rows of Christmas trees lined by perfect stone walls lies a world of history, wildlife, and experiential learning. The property is open to visitors year-round, presenting both structured and self-guided tours
Open: Year Round
4 Christmas Lane, Bethlehem, NH 03574
https://therocks.org (603) 444-6228

The Russel Colbath House
The Russell/Colbath House is a historic house on the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, New Hampshire. It is located in the White Mountain National Forest, and is operated as a museum by the United States Forest Service. Built about 1831, it is the only surviving early homestead in the Swift River valley.
Open: Seasonal – when Kancamagus is open
Kancamagus Hwy, Albany, NH 03818
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whitemountain/learning/history-culture (603) 447-5448

Upper Pemigewasset Historical Society
The museum reflects the everyday life of past years with lots of photos, displays of logging, hotels and inns and personal memorabilia of folks who lived in this river valley from the 1890’s to present.
26 Church St, Lincoln, NH 03251
https://www.visitwhitemountains.com/attractions/upper-pemigewasset-historical-museum (603) 745-8159

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GREAT NORTH WOODS

Crane’s Snowmobile Museum
172A Main St, Lancaster, NH 03584
(603) 788-2071

Forest Heritage Park
The museum is housed in the historic 1853 Brown Company House which includes artifacts which trace the history of the Brown Company, as well as memorabilia relevant to Berlin’s past. Stroll through the 1890s replica logging camps and beautifully landscaped grounds. Enjoy the view from Brown Company House, overlooking the mighty Androscoggin River.
961 Main St, Berlin, NH 03570
http://www.upstatenh.com/BusinessProfiles/NHMuseumBerlinNH.html (603) 752-6060

Moffett House Museum
This 14 room Victorian was home and contained the professional offices of the late Dr. Irving Moffett and his wife. The main floor displays artifacts, albums, and numerous memorabilia from the past. Dr. Moffett’s renovated physician’s offices give visitors a time capsule view of an osteopath’s office in the post-World War II era.
Open: Year Round
119 High St, PO Box 52 Berlin, NH 03570
http://www.berlinnhhistoricalsociety.org (603) 752-4590

Pittsburgh Historical Society
The Pittsburg Historical Society was formed in early 1982 and meets at the Town Hall Historical Museum.
Open: Sat 1-3 July & Aug; Also 1-3 Old Home Day & Moose Festival. If flag is flying, we’re open. Business & Presentations 4th Wed of month June thru Sept – all welcome
1526 Main St, Pittsburgh, NH 03592
http://www.pittsburg-nh.com/index.php/about-pittsburg/town-history/43-historic-society (603) 538-6697

Tilloston Center
Not only is the North Country blessed with natural beauty of its lakes, mountains, forests, its also has a rich heritage of people, places, and things that make this region what it is. With the help of the Colebrook Area Historical Society, the Tillotson Center celebrates this heritage with a special museum operated as an annex to the Society’s Town Hall Museum. Perhaps the most exciting parts of the Annex exhibit are the displays of firefighting equipment, including a soda-acid wagon actually used by the Colebrook Fire Department in the 1880’s. Building also houses an art gallery & a theater
Open: Gallery Open Mon & Tues 11 to 4; Thurs & Fri 11 to 4;
14 Carriage Lane, Colebrook, NH 03576
https://www.tillotsoncenter.org (603) 237-8576

Weeks Estate at Weeks State Park
Built in 1912 for John Wingate Weeks, atop Prospect Mountain overlooking the Connecticut River, it is one of the state’s best preserved early 20th-century country estates.
Open: Memorial Day thru Columbus Day
200 Weeks State Park Rd, Lancaster, NH 03548
https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/weeks-state-park (603) 788-4004

Wilder-Holton House Museum
This this two-story timber-frame house is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and to be the oldest surviving house in Coos County.
Open: Call for info – holds flea markets during summer
226 Main St, Lancaster, NH 03584
3rd Party website: http://ctriverbyways.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LM-FINAL-LancasterHistoricalSociety-LONG.pdf (603) 788-3004

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