Best Museums to Visit Around Portsmouth NH
With summer turning to fall, families all around Portsmouth, New Hampshire, are trying to figure out how to enjoy the little time we have left before winter hits. And since you never know which days are going to be nice and warm and which are going to be cool and rainy during this time of the year, a family road trip to somewhere you can be both inside and outside is ideal. But where to go? What to do? What can you find that can for the whole family to enjoy? It can be a tough decision to make. That’s why we decided to try to help out by detailing a few of the best museums to visit around Portsmouth, NH. These stops allow you to head inside for fun and learning if needed, while also having some outdoor activities – or at least a spot for a nice picnic lunch – to take advantage of if the weather is warm. So get out there and enjoy!
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USS Albacore Museum
If you’re a history or military buff that doesn’t want to travel out of Portsmouth, boy, do we have the spot for you. The USS Albacore Museum is a museum and park/visitor center with self-guided audio tours focusing on the history of the submarine. See, the USS Albacore was a research submarine designed by the Navy to test experimental features now used in today’s submarines. And you can walk through it all! This is the perfect place to learn more about a very interesting aspect of our military’s history.
American Independence Museum
If you prefer your history a little older, and don’t mind traveling down the road to Exeter, the American Independence Museum is the place for you. Founded in 1991, the museum is the place to go to learn and celebrate American independence and how it came to be. Sites include the Ladd-Gilman House, Folsom Tavern, new exhibits such as ‘The Currency of Colonial America: The Struggle for Economic Independence’ and more, as well as a collection of thousands of items pertaining to the American Revolution including one of only 26 surviving Dunlap Broadside copies of the Declaration of Independence and early drafts of the U.S. Constitution. There’s also plenty of activities specifically for the kids.
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Speaking of kids, if you’re looking for something just for them, look no further than the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. They have a wide range of children’s activities and exhibits to enjoy, including some programs to engage future inventors and, since we’ve been talking a lot about history, a Dino Detective exhibit that lets kids become paleontologists.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of fun things to do around Portsmouth, NH, including these great museums. No matter what you end up doing with your time, just be sure to make the most of it.