John Paul Jones House

Photograph by Ralph Morang
John Paul Jones, colonial America’s first sea warrior, was a tenant of the Widow Purcell in this house in 1781 while he supervised the building of the Navy’s ship America nearby. Though he loved Portsmouth, he left New Hampshire in 1782 never to return. His house is now the museum of Portsmouth men, women and children, where their stories live.

Visit the House

The John Paul Jones House is located at 43 Middle Street in Portsmouth, at the corner of Middle and State Streets. (Parking is easier on State Street.) The House is a pleasant walk from Market Square, the heart of historic Portsmouth.

John Paul Jones House
43 Middle Street
Portsmouth NH 03801
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Hours & Prices

The John Paul Jones House is open for the season beginning Saturday, May 23, 2020, 7 days a week, 11am-5pm through Columbus Day.
Also open Veterans Day.
We celebrate John Paul Jones Birthday the second Sunday of July – join us!
Admission – $7
Portsmouth residents/AAA/Seniors/Retired Military – $5
Children 12 and under – Free

Active military personnel and their families- Free

Free admission for members of the Portsmouth Historical Society
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Group Rates Available *Please note tours are self-guided, and the last tour begins at 4:30PM

The Portsmouth Passport

When you purchase a full admission ticket, ask for a “passport” entitling you to $1.00 off the admission price at all other Portsmouth Historic House Associate member sites. Please allow forty-five minutes to one hour for tours at each house.

Group Tours

Group tours are welcomed although advance reservations are requested. A maximum of 60 people can be accommodated at one time.

Contact the Curator/Manager to make your reservation by phone (603-436-8420).

About National Historic Landmarks

A National Historic Landmark is a building, site, structure, or object that is officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding degree of historical significance. Out of over 85,000 places that have been listed on the country’s National Register of Historic Places only about 2,500 are recognized as National Historic Landmarks. There are eight sites in Portsmouth: the USS Albacore, Richard Jackson House, John Paul Jones House, Governor John Langdon House, Warner House, Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, and Wentworth-Gardner House.