Discounts, promos, and special events all across Portsmouth!

Hit the Decks is happening all across Portsmouth!

Friday and Sunday

Free admission to our exhibitions “Twilight of American Impressionism” and “Don Gorvett: Working Waterfronts” when you mention the Portsmouth Chamber or Hit the Decks!

Our own Portsmouth swag on sale for Hit the Decks!

10% off these snappy sweatshirts, available only at the Discover Portsmouth Museum Shop!

Saturday: Lunch on the lawn!

Bring your picnic lunch to the John Paul Jones Historic House garden.

Women of Portsmouth Walking Tour
May 19th

Guide Lauren Gianino leads this tour only once a month! Hear the untold stories of female trailblazers and history-makers in Portsmouth!

Your chance for May is coming up on Wednesday, May 19!

Book now before it’s sold out!

May is Membership Month

Join or Renew Now!

Join or Renew in May
New and renewed members are entered into a raffle for a FREE private walking tour for up to eight people! 👣

Level-up or become a monthly Sustaining Member* 
If you level-up ☝ your membership, or become a monthly sustaining member, you’re also entered in a raffle for a $100 gift certificate to the Discover Portsmouth Museum Shop!

*Monthly sustaining members receive the additional benefit of NARM, the North American Reciprocal Museum Association, where you get benefits from over 1,100 participating institutions across the US, Canada, Mexico, and beyond!

Land Acknowledgement Adopted Unanimously by Portsmouth Historical Society Board

“The Portsmouth Historical Society is committed to acknowledging and honoring all parts of the human history tied to this land. According to their oral traditions, Abenaki people have lived in the place now called New Hampshire for more than 12,000 years, before the beginning of Tribal memory. The land that comprises the City of Portsmouth has therefore long been the homeland of the Abenaki people, who today still maintain cultural and spiritual connections to this area. The Abenaki are part of a larger group of Indigenous peoples called Wabanaki, or ‘People of the Dawn,’ whose communities are connected by a common language family.”

This Land Acknowledgement is based on the text prepared in consultation with the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective and the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People. It was adopted by the Portsmouth Historical Society’s Board on April 26, 2021.

Now at the Seacoast African American Cultural Center

Fashion Forward: Africana Style

As a colorful showcase for spring, our neighbors at SAACC explore the world of Black fashion in an exciting new exhibit—Fashion Forward: Africana Style—that imagines connections between African American design aesthetics and Africa from past to present. Reserve your ticket today!

History. Arts. Culture.