John Paul Jones, colonial America’s first sea warrior, was a tenant of the Widow Purcell in this house in 1781 while he supervised the building of the Navy’s ship America nearby. Though he loved Portsmouth, he left New Hampshire in 1782 never to return. His house is now the museum of Portsmouth men, women and children, where their stories live.
Visit the House
The John Paul Jones House is located at 43 Middle Street in Portsmouth, at the corner of Middle and State Streets. (Parking is easier on State Street.) The House is a pleasant walk from Market Square, the heart of historic Portsmouth.
John Paul Jones House
43 Middle Street
Portsmouth NH 03801
Hours & Prices
May 1st – Nov 3 and Nov 8-10
Open 7 Days a Week 11am – 5pm
Free admission for members of the Portsmouth Historical Society
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Admission – $6
Portsmouth residents – $5
AAA – $5
Children 12 and under – Free
Active military personnel and their families- Free
Group Rates Available *Please note tours are self-guided, and the last tour begins at 4:30PM
The Portsmouth Passport
When you purchase a full admission ticket, ask for a “passport” entitling you to $1.00 off the admission price at all other Portsmouth Historic House Associate member sites. Please allow forty-five minutes to one hour for tours at each house.
Group tours are welcomed although reservations are requested. A maximum of 60 people can be accommodated at one time. Tours may be guided or self-directed; $5 per person for groups of fewer than 20 and $4 per person for groups of more than 20.
Contact the Curator/Manager to make your reservation by phone (603-436-8420).