Information for Group Tours

Welcome to Discover Portsmouth at the Portsmouth Historical Society in downtown Portsmouth, NH. If you are planning to bring a tour group to visit, please call ahead to let us know. Advance notice will enable us to provide the best service. (603) 436-8433 or

Bus Parking

Portsmouth’s Parking Department has introduced a new phone line to guide residents and visitors with various questions and parking needs. Drivers are encouraged to dial 603- 766-7000 for parking support. Press “0”.

  • Buses can often drop visitors off in the Bridge Street parking lot, across the street from Discover Portsmouth
  • Buses can park at the Community Connect Church parking lot on lower Market Street. For GPS purposes, the church address is 200 Chase Drive, Portsmouth, NH.

For our visitors: At Discover Portsmouth

Many of these offerings are available free of charge. Donations are greatly appreciated, as we are a nonprofit organization.

  • History of Portsmouth video – a 12 minute film documenting our 400 year history. The theater seats up to 24. The film can be run on demand.
  • Gallery – changing exhibitions in our two level gallery. Elevator is available.
  • Museum Shop – Books on local history and gifts, cards, and souvenirs; many by local artists.
  • Public Rest Rooms
  • Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Portsmouth – In advance, special tours may be arranged. Tours are $10 for seniors over 65 and $12 for other adults.
  • Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail tour – In advance, special tours may be arranged. Basic tour price is $20.
  • Seacoast African American Cultural Center, located in the Discover Portsmouth building – the SAACC often has exhibits open to the public with advance notice.
  • Around the corner from Discover Portsmouth, you’ll find the Portsmouth African Burying Ground. Outdoors and open year round.

For our visitors: At the John Paul Jones House Museum

The John Paul Jones House is our historic museum and is open for tours from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. The museum is located directly across the street from Discover Portsmouth. more information…

Have a little more time?

A quick stroll down Congress Street will allow visitors to get a coffee and a pastry at one of the nearby cafes, while enjoying some interesting shops and historic buildings.