A springboard for the imagination in a first-ever exhibition of original art by dozens of beloved New England children’s book illustrators. May 6 to September 25, 2022, daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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John Paul  Jones House

John Paul Jones House

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Historical Walking Tours

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Welcome Center

Exhibitions and  Events

Imagine That! The Power of Picture Books

Portsmouth Historical Society has assembled a collection of extraordinary illustrations for children’s picture books by a “who’s who” of New England illustrators, from Maxfield Parrish and N.C. Wyeth, to Robert McCloskey (Make Way for Ducklings), Hans and Margret Rey (Curious George), and Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel); to contemporary artists Chris Van Dusen, Mo Willems, Tomie dePaola, and Ashley Bryan. In all, more than one hundred illustrations, including new reflections on diversity and inclusion, offer a springboard for children and adults to explore the imaginative world of picture books and reading together. Accompanying the exhibition are creative reading, craft and play areas, and an impressive “Journey Box” initiative that takes picture books, reading, and book-making to local schools, libraries, and underserved families.

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This Saturday: Meet Curious George

This Saturday: Meet Curious George

Saturday, May 21 10am - 12pmJoin us this Saturday morning for a very special story time with Curious George himself! Hear a story, explore the exhibition, and meet George! Free with the price of admission (and kids are always free)!A Brief History of the John Paul...

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The Caterpillarmobile Stopped By!

The Caterpillarmobile Stopped By!

Rachel Eskridge, associate registrar at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, made quite the entrance in the company car. She was here helping to install the works of art by Eric Carle and Ashley Bryan on loan from the ECMPBA for Imagine That!The exhibition opens...

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Big Changes in the Gallery

Big Changes in the Gallery

Will and Alex from Spokeshave Design installing our sculptural mobile in the center of the Academy Gallery. The space is being truly transformed for our upcoming exhibition, Imagine That! The Power of Picture Books, opening May 6. Stay tuned for more!

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Become a Member today!  Support the Portsmouth Historical Society’s exhibitions, programs, policy of free/discounted admission, third grade history program, walking tours, publications and so much more by joining as a member! Membership benefits include exclusive invitations to member only events, discounts in the museum shop, free/discounted admission to programs, lectures, and tours, and advance notice of the Society’s activities.
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We could not be what we are or accomplish what we do without our volunteers. Join us in pursuing our mission to preserve and promote the arts, history, and culture of Portsmouth and the Seacoast.

We are looking for people who have a few hours to spare, whether it’s once a season or once a week—from high-schoolers looking to fulfill their volunteering requirements, to retirees eager to be active in the community.

About Us

“This place should be your first stop when visiting Portsmouth. There is information, free brochures, and maps about everywhere in town. The walls are covered with signs about historic places, and the shop sells wonderful, locally-made items. There is also a free movie about the history of Portsmouth to watch, and dozens of books about Portsmouth’s history for sale. There are rotating art exhibitions here as well, which are really well-curated!”

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