“It’s Pastel” 11th Annual Juried Show

October 25-November 30, 2019 • 9:30am-5pm 7 days a week.

Awards Ceremony and Opening Night Reception Saturday, October 26th, 2019, 5-7pm. Free admission

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Carl Austin Hyatt: From Portsmouth to Peru: in Search of Anima Mundi

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Discover Portsmouth,
Friday, October 25 – Sunday, December 22.

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New Hampshire Film Festival Headquarters 2019

nhff_1The 2019 New Hampshire Film Festival comes to Portsmouth, NH October 17-20. The festival presents 100 of the best independent films from around the world in four downtown screening venues over the four days.

NHFF made its initial debut in 2001 in Derry, New Hampshire. In 2004, the festival moved to its permanent home in the charming seacoast town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Offering a completely different experience from going to a movie at a movieplex, the screenings take place in downtown Portsmouth historic landmarks: The Music Hall, The Music Hall Loft, 3S Artspace, Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden and NHFF Headquarters, Discover Portsmouth

The NHFF program always maintains a level of quality on par with major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, and SXSW. Yet, NHFF maintains integrity with original premieres and underground indies that start their journey in NH and spiral on into the world. What results is an eclectic mix of features, docs, and shorts that provides all accepted films the prestige of being included in a world-class program.

For the second time, viewers can experience films using Virtual Reality (VR) technology at the New Hampshire Film Festival. During the four-day film festival there will be a Virtual Reality Lounge located at Discover Portsmouth .

Viewing a film in Virtual Reality gives a viewer an immersive experience and a lingering understanding of the problem the film presents. As filmmakers have been experimenting with this new technology, this is the perfect opportunity to get it in front of audience members.

Since 2006, the four day event has begun on the Thursday after Columbus Day each year with the New Hampshire Day and Night Program. New Hampshire has a vibrant filmmaking community, and the New Hampshire Day & Night program is dedicated to presenting films that are filmed on location in NH, or which have filmmakers, producers, or actors from the Granite State.

NHFF & Discover Portsmouth:

Festival Headquarters are located at Discover Portsmouth, a non-profit cultural center that combines a multi-level gallery, conference hall, museum shop, and community showcase on the corner of downtown’s main street.

The New Hampshire Film Festival is truly an event like no other. Festival passes are the best way to experience everything NHFF has to offer, but individual tickets are available for individual screenings as well.

VIP Pass ($225):

Premium and advanced seating at every screening at every venue throughout the weekend, (as long as patrons arrive 15 minutes before scheduled screening time) entrance to all ceremonies and parties including the VIP brunch at the 100 Club. Admission into all panels and workshops.

Weekend Pass ($100):

Entrance to every screening at every venue for all 4 days, entrance to all ceremonies and parties excluding the VIP Brunch at the One Hundred Club. Admission into all panels and workshops. Seating at screenings and entrance to ceremonies, parties, and panels are on a space available basis.

Day Thursday Pass ($25):

NH Day & Night! Entrance to every screening at every venue. Entrance to NH Night welcome and awards ceremony and Flatbread after party. Admission into all panels and workshops throughout the weekend. All entry is on a space available basis. Seating at screening and entrance to ceremonies, panels and party are on a space available basis.

Friday Pass ($40):

Entrance to every screening at every venue. Entrance to opening night ceremonies, and opening night party. Admission into all panels and workshops throughout the weekend. All on a space available basis. Seating at screenings and entrance to ceremonies, panels and party are on a space available basis.

Saturday Pass ($40):

Entrance to every screening at every venue. Entrance to all Saturday parties. Admission into all panels and workshops throughout the weekend. All on a space available basis. Seating at screenings and entrance to panels and parties are on a space available basis.

Sunday Pass ($40):

Entrance to every screening at every venue. Entrance to Closing Night Ceremonies. Admission into all panels and workshops throughout the weekend. All on a space available basis. Seating at screenings and entrance to ceremonies and panels are on a space available basis.

Passes are on sale now on the New Hampshire Film Festival Website: nhfilmfestival.com

Passes available at The Music Hall Box Office and NHFF Film Festival Headquarters at Discover Portsmouth during the weekend of the festival only.

For more information visit New Hampshire Film Festival

Silhouette Portraits at Discover Portsmouth Holiday 2019

Silhouettes

Sunday, December 1 2019

To Benefit the Portsmouth Historical Society

Hand-cut by artist Marcella Comerford, these lovely portraits make WONDERFUL holiday gifts and become family treasures!

All work is done free-hand and even the most wiggly little ones are welcome!

By Appointment at Discover Portsmouth

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29th Annual Gingerbread House Contest & Exhibition Call for Entries

2018 Music Hall Gingerbread

Portsmouth Historical Society is pleased to announce another year of a sweet local tradition. Gather your family, friends and/or co-workers together and craft your own beautiful creation! All levels welcome. Homemade gingerbread creations will be on display daily for the public throughout December at Discover Portsmouth.

Professional Division Deadline to Register: Monday, November 1, 2019

Portsmouth Historical Society/Discover Portsmouth announces the introduction of a new “Professional Division” for 2019. Entries will be on display daily at Discover Portsmouth with the Professional Division scheduled to open a week early to kick off the exhibit. Due to space constraints, a limited number of entries in the Professional Division will be accepted.
The Professional Division will run Friday, November 29, – December 22, 2019

Community Division Deadline to Register: Saturday, November 25, 2019

This year, Community Division categories include Adult, Multi-generation (formerly “Family”), Teen, Youth, and Business/Nonprofit. Gather your family, friends, and/or co-workers together and craft your own beautiful creation!
The Community Division exhibition will open Friday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 am-8 pm, and run through December 22, from 9:30-5 pm daily. Some specially selected entries will be offered in a raffle.

Please read the Contest Rules before you register.

PROFESSIONAL CONTEST RULES

PROFESSIONAL REGISTER NOW

COMMUNITY CONTEST RULES

COMMUNITY REGISTER NOW

Gingerbread FAQ

The 29th Annual Gingerbread House Contest is a feature of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, the city-wide, month-long celebration anchored by The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum.

Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, the gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland in the first floor gallery surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Judges’ winning selections will be announced at the December 6th Kickoff Party. Visitors to the exhibit can vote for the People’s Choice Awards in five categories: “Best in Show,” “Most Creative Building Materials,” “Most Attention to Detail,” “Most Whimsical” and “Best Professional.”

Come see these magical creations and find holiday gifts in the Museum Shop! According to Robin Albert, Welcome Center Coordinator, who is overseeing the exhibit, “We are gearing up for what has become a wonderful tradition. Both past participants and newcomers are encouraged to enter, so get your family and friends and co-workers together and craft your own beautiful creation!”

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth Kickoff

Friday, December 6, 2019, 5-8pm
The exhibition will open Friday, December 6, from 5-8pm, and run through December 22, from 9:30-5 pm daily. The exhibition will also be open until 6pm on Friday, December 13 and Friday, December 20.

Take a house home!

Some of our most beautiful entries will be raffled off and available to the winners to take home for the holidays. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Portsmouth Historical Society.

Free Family Programs

Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14
10am – 12:30pm
Join us this holiday season and create your very own festive winter decoration. Families and children of all ages are welcome. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Thank you to our event sponsors

Devine Millimet             Strawbery Banke

Bangor Savings Bank

The Music Hall

Walmart Portsmouth

2019 Walking Tours of Historic Portsmouth NH

Walking tour Sandy WalentMay Through October

“About an hour and a half of walking with an experienced, knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic guide brought to life the history and details of the place that you would otherwise miss. It was fascinating.” — Louis L., via TripAdvisor

Learn why Portsmouth is the hub of the New Hampshire Seacoast! Our downtown is filled with hidden treasures. Our knowledgeable walking tour guides will introduce you to the city’s rich past and lively present – a unique mix of architecture, specialty shops, and bustling streets nestled in a village-like setting. This 90-minute guided walking tour is sure to bring the history of Portsmouth alive! [Read more…]

Visit Our Museum Shop!

Discover Portsmouth Museum Shop

Shop Portsmouth – support our community!

 
The shop is open 7 days a week from 9:30AM-5:00PM.​

Featured New Items

FOR MEMBERS: LIMITED TIME OFFER
(order through July 20)

H.M.S. Harlow Old Portsmouth Doors Tea Towel
Member price
$18.00

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Historic Quilt Featured in Folk Art Exhibition, now available as a puzzle!
$26.95
member price
$24.25

Exclusive: Hand-Made Suffragette Mug
English Fine Bone China mug
by Alison Gardiner
$25
member price
$22.50

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Sets of 20 notecards and envelopes, 5 of 4 images each (images below), by Gertrude Fiske. Card design by Pomegranate Communications.

By the Pond   Saunterers

Zinnias   Thunder

  1. Gertrude Fiske. By the Pond, 1920. Oil on canvas, Private Collection. Photographed by Jeremy Fogg.
  2. Gertrude Fiske. Saunterers, 1912. Oil on canvas, Private Collection. Photographed by Jeremy Fogg.
  3. Gertude Fiske. Zinnias, ca.1920. Oil on canvas; 40 ¼ in. x 30 ¼ in. Photo by Jeremy Fogg.
  4. Gertrude Fiske. Thunder. Oil on canvas, Private Collection. Photographed by Jeremy Fogg.

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Our Museum shop is stocked with the perfect gifts:

  • Books about Portsmouth history – Portsmouth’s best titles!
  • Super cool stuff for kids
  • Keepsakes for your visitors
  • Unique jewelry and apparel from local artists and craftsmen

For more information call 603-436-8433