The John Paul Jones House

Built in 1758, the John Paul Jones Historic House Museum is a registered national historic landmark.

Open Seasonally, Memorial Day Weekend–Columbus Day

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

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


The house known today as the John Paul Jones house was built in 1758 for Gregory Purcell, a sea captain and merchant. When built, the house was considered to be at the edge of downtown and was amongst only a handful of stately three story homes in the city. The house changed hands several times during the nineteenth century. Owners include, Woodbury Langdon, Henry and Alexander Ladd, who rented the home to Senator John F. Parrott, and Samuel Lord. The Portsmouth Historical Society has operated the house as a museum since 1920. The house has been known as the John Paul Jones House for several generations. Jones (1747-92), the celebrated naval hero of the American Revolution, spent time in Portsmouth in 1777 and again in 1781-82. He is believed to have rented a room in this house during 1777, when the widow of Gregory Purcell was operating a boarding house here.


Join, renew, or give as a gift!

Membership provides an opportunity for a deeper connection with Portsmouth’s impressive legacy of history, arts, and culture.

  • Free Admission to the Academy Galleries and the John Paul Jones House Museum & Garden
  • Discounted Admission to signature events, programs and lectures
  • Special Invitations to members-only events including exhibition opening galas
  • Member Discounts in our fantastic museum shop
  • Free or Discounted Tickets for our popular historic Portsmouth walking tours

Sustaining members making a monthly gift will receive the additional benefit of free or discounted admission to more than 1,100 museums in North America through the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM)

Make a Gift to Our Annual Fund

The Portsmouth Historical Society is able to work towards its goals thanks to the support of generous individual donors. We welcome all levels of donation; one-time gifts, monthly donations, the establishment of a matching gifts program, gifts of stock, and bequests.

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For more information, call (603) 570-2492.