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Museum Store Manager -2014 site archive

Position FILLED

Discover Portsmouth is seeking a friendly, customer service oriented, museum shop manager who loves Portsmouth. Candidates must be dependable, detail oriented, and organized. They must be strong users of point of sale software systems to produce sales and inventory reports, as well as being familiar with retail management. Work schedule is 9:30 – 5:30, 4 days per week and must include one weekend day. Occasional evening and event hours as needed. To apply please submit resume and cover letter to info@portsmouthhistory.org.

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Title:                Museum Store Manager

Status:             Part-time (30 hrs/week)

Reports to:      Executive Director


Responsibilities (Retail Function)

  • Perform daily opening, closing, and reporting procedures. Sell store merchandise, event tickets and memberships through the museum store POS system.
  • Research store merchandise, consignment opportunities, coordinate store displays and special promotions.
  • Coordinate and manage relationships with consigners and wholesale vendors. Receive and price store inventory, prepare orders for store merchandise.
  • Keep merchandise in stock, organized, and create attractive displays.
  • Reconcile weekly sales, prepare bank deposits.
  • Make target membership and sales goals as set by the Executive Director.
  • Process online, telephone, and mail orders for store merchandise.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with books and other store inventory to answer inquiries and encourage sales.
  • Be available to work evening or additional weekend hours for special events
  • Prepare monthly participation reports, including museum visitor statistics; event and program attendance data and store sales
  • Train, schedule, and supervise store personnel
  • Coordinate the store’s annual inventory and the production of final reports

Responsibilities (Visitor Center Function)

  • Greet visitors in a friendly and professional manner
  • Direct visitors to desired cultural resources in Portsmouth and area
  • Gather information on current events that are happening daily and weekly in Portsmouth, especially among our partner organizations: the historic houses, the theatres, the galleries, the lighthouses, walking trails, museums, and gardens, and other tour offerings.
  • Update the chalk board every day with all current events related to cultural Portsmouth
  • Direct visitors to other services as necessary, including where to dine, walk dogs, park cars, etc. Note: We work in collaboration with the Chamber’s kiosk and the Chamber’s visitor center
  • Keep the front desk, visitor center, and restrooms presentable to the public. This includes daily light housekeeping—dusting and vacuuming, straightening and organizing gift shop, checking restroom for problems, leaks, stocking paper, towels, toilet paper, emptying trash, etc.
  • Maintain order of front desk and visitor center area daily, including stocking brochures, rack cards, maps, and various copied directions and frequently asked questions. Ensure up to date brochures are available and out of date material is recycled.
  • Answer phone for general inquiries and transfer calls to staff when appropriate.
  • Track visitors and encourage sign in of guest book
  • Enter guest book information in the computer
  • Other administrative side jobs as assigned.
  • Ensure the exterior grounds are free of trash and debris every morning and throughout the day.
  • Empty trash and recycling to the street on Mondays
  • Understand basic familiarity with exhibit in the Academy building and at our John Paul Jones House
  • Direct the volunteers assigned during shift to assist with the above responsibilities as appropriate
  • Work at internal and external events if assigned. Duties may include registration, sign in, refreshments, set up of chairs, tables, decorations, clean up, etc.
  • Be point of contact for vendors/contractors for all facility matters within the shop.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Retail management experience with point of sale software
  • Highest level of customer service: friendly, proactive, prompt, professional
  • Familiarity with cultural resources in the Portsmouth area
  • Familiarity with geography to be able to give directions to visitors and residents
  • Ability to lift 25lbs.
  • Advanced computer skills: Microsoft Office, data base entry, report generation, etc.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in any field, or equivalent life experience

Work Schedule
Work day is 7.5 hours, 4 days a week, including one weekend day. The schedule is 9:30am-5:30pm. The store manager should arrive 30 minutes before we open at 10am to prepare the center, put out the flags, update chalkboard, unlock the doors, stock shelves, check restrooms, set up theater, etc.  Lunch of 30 minutes is unpaid and should be taken when a volunteer or other staff is present.

Job description is subject to change.

POSTED 12/2014

Portsmouth Marine Society books 20% OFF!

To celebrate the end of yet another wonderful season we are offering 20% off all Portsmouth Marine Society publications in our Museum shop!! Offer good in store only from now until December 23nd. Some restrictions apply.

Discover our Museum Shop this Holiday Season!

Open through Tuesday, December 23rd – our Museum shop has a unique selection of goods that reflect on our mission to tell Portsmouth stories and stimulate interest of Portsmouth’s history. Whether you are looking for locally made gifts for the whole family or the latest book by a bestselling Portsmouth author we have what you need!

We feature notecards, magnets, and more by local photographers and artists, as well as locally printed Portsmouth themed t-shirts and bags. We carry a wide variety of locally made goods including pottery, jewelry, hats, scarves, mittens and even handmade kitchen utensils and cutting boards made from New Hampshire’s fallen trees. We also have a large selection of Maine Made wooden toys for kids and adults!

Our shop also has a selection of books and items inspired local places and historical figures including Strawbery Banke, the Isles of Shoals, Celia Thaxter, John Haley Bellamy, Thomas Bailey Aldrich and more!

Don’t forget members receive a 10% discount in the Museum Shop!

The shop is open 7 days a week. 

10-5 Monday – Friday
10-8 Saturdays and Sundays



Holiday Concerts featuring the Aeterna Trio and the Piscataqua River Brass

at3Discover Thursdays will present two holiday concerts at Discover Portsmouth featuring glorious music. The Aeterna Trio, headed by Andy Happel, will perform at the center on Thursday, December 4 and the Piscataqua River Brass will perform on Thursday, December 11. Both concerts are at 7pm. Tickets are $12 per person, $10 for Portsmouth Historical Society members. For reservations please call (603) 436-8433. [Read more…]

John Paul Jones House Extends Season


The John Paul Jones House has extended the season!

The museum will be open until October 31, 2014 followed by the first two weekends of November: 11/1 – 11/2, 11/8 – 11/9 and Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014.

Jane Chapin exhibit to raise funds for Special Operations Warrior Foundation & Pease Greeters

chapin2Open to the public until Tuesday, December 22, a new exhibit at Discover Portsmouth features the art of Jane Chapin. The Land of the Free exhibit will raise funds and awareness of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Pease Greeters. [Read more…]

2014 Vintage Christmas Gingerbread House Contest!

Homemade gingerbread creations are now on display as part of Vintage Christmas now through December 21st. The exhibit is free and open to the public every day from 10am – 5pm with extended hours on Saturdays and Sundays until 8pm.

Over 60 gingerbread houses have been created by local businesses, artists, families and kids!

Get your family and friends together and come see these magical creations.

Hours: 10-5 daily
10-8 Saturdays and Sundays

Cost: FREE!





The NH Film Festival Headquarters at Discover Portsmouth, October 16-19

nhff_1The 2014 New Hampshire Film Festival comes to Portsmouth, NH October 16-19. The festival presents 100 of the best independent films from around the world in four downtown screening venues over the four days.

NHFF is one of the only public platforms in the state of New Hampshire, and in northern New England for residents to screen independent film, and experience international cinema, documentaries and short films. Offering a completely different experience from going to a movie at a movieplex, these screenings take place in downtown Portsmouth historic landmarks: The Music Hall, The Music Hall Loft, The Seacoast Repertory Theater, and the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden with nearly all films represented by a director, producer, or cast member who are available for interactive Q&As after screenings. These Q&As give attendees the opportunity to connect with the most innovative, inspirational, and influential visual artists of the year. [Read more…]

A Night at the Museum at the John Paul Jones House, Sat. Sept. 27, 6-8:30PM

IMG_2358For one night the John Paul Jones House will turn into a world where the people who lived on the Seacoast hundreds of years ago actually come to life and tell their stories. By combining theater and history this unique presentation will offer a first-person account of stories you may have only read. This family-friendly event makes history come alive as it tickles your funny bone. These stories are filled with humor, anecdotes, sarcasm and a bit of an attitude. For years we have studied these characters, and they are fully aware of the fact that they have had to stand, sit or freeze in position for two hundred years merely for our amusement. Some are not very pleased about it!

A Night at the Museum
A night when history literally comes alive……

Imagine walking into a building full of history, artifacts and fascinating stories of
not only the people who lived there but of a time long gone by. Imagine seeing a portrait of John Paul Jones,founder of the American Navy and a hero of the American Revolution dressed in his best military finery. Now let your imagination stir as you visualize the great and decisive battles he must have fought in order to secure our freedom. Now imagine that portrait coming alive and saying to you, “Be quiet, I’m trying to think!”


By combining theater and history, this collaboration takes the real history of Portsmouth out of a dusty old book and into an interactive experience. By engaging people and allowing them to question, poke fun and laugh with the characters, the history of John Paul Jones will no longer be stories just read in a history book, but rather an immediate experience that proves relevant and timely.

Have you ever wondered what life aboard ship might have been like during the Revolutionary War? It wasn’t easy and the clothes were tight fitting! Do you know how Richard Fletcher Dunn lost his leg or why Jones’ first mate, Elijah Hall, hated him? Do you even know who William Preston is? He was wrongly arrested for selling alcohol and he was not happy about it!? Or what about Mary Morrison who ran clear across town in labor so that her baby would be born in the house? How do they feel about being left out of the history books? These and many more stories will delight people of all ages. The characters whose portraits hang on a wall are now standing in the room beside you.

Event: A Night at the Museum at the John Paul Jones House
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 6-8:30PM
Admission: $10 for Portsmouth Historical Society Members/ $12 Adults/ $6 Children under 16
Where: John Paul Jones House Museum, 43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH
Contact: George Hosker-Bouley at wholemoon@verizon.net

Photo credit to Tocky Bailobrzeski

Portsmouth Historic Houses Host Twilight Tour on Friday, August 9, 2019

WGTBTickets good for admission to all 9 houses on evening of tour or during balance of 2014 Season!

For just one evening every year, nine of the Portsmouth Historic Houses open their doors and gardens for the Twilight Tour. This year’s special hours are 5-8 pm on Friday, August 15. To make the evening extra special, each house offers a special entertainment: brief talks on collections, storytelling, short plays and light refreshments. For antique collectors and connoisseurs of 18th and 19th century houses, The Twilight Tour is the perfect complement to the annual Northeast Auctions Marine, China Trade and Sporting Arts Auction, August 16 & 17. Visitors can attend the Auction preview and participate in the Twilight Tour the same night.

Advance tickets: Adults $18, Children: $8
Day-of tickets: Adults $20; Children $10
Available at Discover Portsmouth, Strawbery Banke Museum and all participating historic houses

Each ticket is good for one admission to each of the 9 participating houses on the night of the Twilight Tour and are also valid for the balance of the 2014 season for admission to any houses that visitors don’t get to on the night of the Tour. Proceeds of the tour benefit the member sites of the Portsmouth Historic House Associates. [Read more…]