Discover Portsmouth Opens March 18th!

Discover Portsmouth, Portsmouth NHThe Welcome Center and Museum Shop will open Saturday, March 18; the exhibition – 400 Years of Portsmouth Furniture – will open Friday April 7.

The building is open now on selected dates for the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail 2017 Tea Talks in February and March.
2017 Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail Schedule

Portsmouth Historical Society Celebrates Centennial Year!

Portsmouth Historical Society was established in 1917 to save the gambrel-roofed home (originally constructed in 1758) from being sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC threatening the city’s preservation efforts. The Society restored the house and opened it to the public as the John Paul Jones House in 1920.

Volunteer Opportunities for the 2017 Season

Portsmouth Historical Society is seeking volunteers to assist visitors in the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center and at the John Paul Jones House. We are also seeking experienced guides for our seasonal walking tour program that begins in May. For more information on our volunteer program contact

It’s Not to Late to Give! 2016 Annual Appeal

Please consider making a gift to our annual appeal and help us continue to bring History, Arts, and Culture to Portsmouth and the greater Seacoast! Individual contributions are critical and make up 50% of our operating expenses.

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