John Paul Jones House Museum & Garden

1758 National Historic Landmark

Open one day only – Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017
11-5​ Free admission

John Paul Jones House 2016     Portsmouth Historical Society     Portsmouth Historical Society
​***Last chance to see the exhibition, The Odd & the Elegant***

“It is a great pleasure to open the doors of the John Paul Jones House for Veterans Day,” said Gerry Ward, curator. “Once again, our visitors will have access to this grand Georgian mansion, built in 1758 and filled with collections pertaining to four centuries of Portsmouth’s history. In addition to the several galleries devoted to John Paul Jones, the Russo-Japanese Peace Treaty signed in Portsmouth in 1905, Portsmouth’s maritime history, and local paintings and decorative arts, we are again featuring a special exhibition of amazing objects ‘discovered’ in storage, treasures that rarely see the light of day.”

Portsmouth Peace Treaty Exhibit

The Portsmouth Peace Treaty exhibit features images of the Russo-Japanese War and the peace process that ended that war, artifacts from the time and a timeline showing the relationship among the formal diplomacy, back-channel diplomacy and local events that led to the Treaty signing at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on September 5, 1905. Artifacts include a pen used to sign the Treaty, the chair in which the Japanese diplomat, Baron Komura sat, and copies of photos and documents form the Russian archives.

The Odd & the Elegant Exhibition

An historical society is many things to many people. Portsmouth Historical Society, founded a century ago, is home to an amazing collection of art and artifacts assembled since the John Paul Jones House opened its doors to the public in 1920. Principally given by many generous donors, these three-dimensional artifacts complement the Society’s rich holdings of manuscripts, photographs, and other documents on deposit at the Portsmouth Athenaeum. This exhibition includes more than 100 carefully selected objects from the Society’s collection that illustrate the wide-ranging, eclectic nature of this institution’s holdings. Widely varied in date and material, these objects represent one community’s attempt over time to preserve the tangible goods that represent its history.