John Paul Jones Birthday Celebration 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018 1-4pm

John Paul Jones House Museum & Garden
National Historic Landmark
43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Free admission, house tours, music with Great Bay Sailor, refreshments and family fun including two book signings!

John Paul Jones House Portsmouth NH
Always wondered how you could hang out on the lawn of that gorgeous yellow mansion on the corner of Middle and State Streets in downtown Portsmouth? Always wanted to peek inside the house but haven’t put that on your calendar yet? Now’s your chance. On Sunday July 8 at 1pm, the Portsmouth Historical Society, which runs Discover Portsmouth and which saved the John Paul Jones House in 1917, is hosting its free annual birthday party for the father of the US Navy, who spoke the immortal words, “I have not yet begun to fight!” (John Paul Jones was born 271 years ago, on July 6, 1747) [Read more…]

Closed July 4th!

Discover Portsmouth and the John Paul Jones House will be closed on Wed., July 4th, 2018, so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families. Happy 4th of July to all!

Normal hours are:
Discover Portsmouth
Operated by Portsmouth Historical Society.
Galleries, Museum Shop, Welcome Center, Walking Tours Daily & Event Rentals
Open Daily 9:30am ~ 5pm
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH

John Paul Jones House
Museum & Garden

Open Daily 11am ~ 5pm
43 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH

Don’t Miss!

Overlooked and Undervalued: Three Hundred Years of Women’s Art from the Seacoast

at the John Paul Jones House
Monday, May 28 – Monday, October 8, 2018
& Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018
Daily 11-5



Gertrude Fiske: American Master

With Companion Exhibitions
Seacoast Masters Today
Sisters of the Brush and Palette

Discover Portsmouth 2018
Friday, April 6 – Sunday, September 30, 2018
Curated by Lainey McCartney

Gertrude Fiske Lecture: Discovery and Conservation of a Forgotten Fiske Masterpiece

A lecture by Jeremy Fogg and Jared Tuveson

Thursday, July 12, 5:30-6:30 pm
Discover Portsmouth

Gertrude Fiske painting

Jeremy G. Fogg, painting conservator, and Jared Tuveson, frame conservator, will present a lecture detailing the process of finding a forgotten Fiske masterpiece and bringing it back to its original splendor for the exhibition, “Gertrude Fiske: American Master.” The Brethren, 1923, was award winning when first exhibited and praised by critics as a masterpiece. Now join us as we endeavor to learn more about the conservation process that has allowed the public to enjoy this masterpiece once again. [Read more…]

Gertrude Fiske: American Master Symposium I

Study for Study-Fiske

Gertrude Fiske, 1930. Photo, Paul Juley 1880-1975).

Please join us for a symposium organized by the Portsmouth Historical Society.

Gertrude Fiske: Her Art and Her World.

Saturday, June 16, 9am-3pm, coffee, refreshments, and lunch provided.

[Read more…]

Free Family Fun with Watercolors!

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 9:30am-noon
Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle St., Portsmouth NH

Paint and play with watercolors!

Children will have the opportunity to test different water color techniques using tape, salt, droppers, pens, and paint brushes. Best for ages 3.5 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Stop by Discover Portsmouth anytime between 9:30am and noon.

Phone: 603-436-8433 for more information.

Art Round Town, Meet the Artists

Seacoast Masters Today

Join us for Art Round Town Friday, June 1 from 5:00 to 8:00pm as we celebrate the artists in our Balcony Gallery; Amy Brnger, Donna Harkins, Sydney Bella Sparrow, Pamela duLong Williams

A portion of all purchases in our Balcony Gallery supports the mission and educational programs of the Portsmouth Historical Society.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A Photographic Portrait – Book Signing

Phillip Case Cohen

Join us for a book signing on Friday, June 1 in our Museum Shop at Discover Portsmouth.

CohenPhilip Case Cohen will be on site from 5:30 to 7:30pm signing copies of his new book, “Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A Photographic Portrait”

Call to reserve yours today! 603-436-8433.

May is Membership Month!

Portsmouth Historical Society Membership Month

Join a community that cares about the history, arts and culture of the Portsmouth region.

By becoming a member you will:

Keep all our exhibitions free
Bring History to all of Portsmouth’s 3rd grade
Preserve the character of Portsmouth’s West End

Join or Renew your Membership Today!

Everyone who joins or renews during the month of May will be entered into a drawing for a private Curator’s Tour through our beautiful art galleries at Discover Portsmouth. Guests will enjoy an insider’s view of our nationally-acclaimed exhibition Gertrude Fiske: American Master for up to eight people. Date and time TBD by both parties.

Gertrude Fiske curator Lainey McCartney Interviewed on NHPR

Lainey McCartney
Listen to Lainey McCartney discuss Gertrude Fiske with Virginia Prescott in the latest episode of NHPR’s Word of Mouth! Lainey’s segment runs from minutes 35 through 41.

NHPR Word-of-mouth

Portsmouth Historical Society 100th Annual Meeting

Discover Portsmouth

Thursday May 3, 2018 5-6:30pm

at Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle St. Portsmouth NH

With galleries open from 5-6:30pm, Portsmouth Historical Society will hold a brief business meeting for members from 5:30-6pm and welcome all those who have been a part of the organization. The meeting will include a review of FY2017, voting on bylaws changes, welcoming new board members and officers, and hearing about plans for the future.
​Sign up ​now as a member during May Membership Month and jo​in us ​on May 3 ​for refreshments and tour the galleries at Discover Portsmouth featuring Gertrude Fiske: American Master. Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 603-436-8433.

Become a Member