Visit & Contact Info


Our admission fee grants access to our spring/summer exhibitions and the John Paul Jones House.

$10.00 for adults

Free for

  • Portsmouth Historical Society Members
  • Children under 18
  • Seniors 70 and over
  • Active and retired military

First Fridays are Free for Everyone!

The first Friday of each month will be free admission for all. Plus, we’ll be open until 8pm for Art ‘Round Town!

Gingerbread will still be free of charge

We are committed to keeping the Portsmouth holiday tradition of the Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibition as accessible as possible for everyone. Admission will not be charged after Columbus Day.

Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center & Academy Galleries

Open Seasonally, April–December
7 days a week

10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-8433

Accessibility information

John Paul Jones House Museum

Open Seasonally, Memorial Day Weekend–Indigenous Peoples’ Day
7 days a week

Also open on Veterans Day with free admission for all
November 11th, 11:00 am–5:00 pm

43 Middle St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-8420

Learn more about JPJ

Portsmouth Historical Society Offices

PO Box 728
Portsmouth, NH 03802-0728
(603) 436-8433

Looking for a particular staff member?

See our staff list, here.

Accessibility Information

The Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center and Academy Galleries are equipped with the following universally accessible amenities:

  • Parking at the rear of the building (it’s a small lot; if there’s a problem with the cars parked, please call the front desk at (603)436-8433)
  • Wheelchair ramp at rear of the building, entrance on Islington Street sidewalk
  • Automatic doors at the rear of the building and at the main gallery entrances
  • An elevator to access the second floor
  • Universally accessible restrooms on the ground floor

The public restrooms in Portsmouth Historical Society’s Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center are universally-accessible thanks to a major renovation project that was co-managed by the City of Portsmouth’s Community Development Department and its Department of Public Works, using Federal funding from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This project was also supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the Arts Conservation “Mooseplate” License Plate Program.

The automatic gallery doors were made possible by the generous support of