The Portsmouth Historical Society preserves the history of Portsmouth, New Hampshire through the arts, a museum, acquisitions, and programs.


The Society administers two facilities in the west end of the heart of downtown, including:
*Discover Portsmouth (Open April 1 through December 23 daily from 9:30am-5pm)—a large historic structure featuring exhibition galleries, a museum shop, a welcome center, and


*The Historic 1758 John Paul Jones House and Garden, a National Historic Landmark (open Memorial Day through Columbus Day) that was saved from demolition in 1917, and houses exhibitions of the Society’s permanent collections including Portsmouth memorabilia, furniture, textiles, and other material culture.


The Portsmouth Historical Society Discover Portsmouth building is available for event rentals.


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Join, renew or give a gift!

Membership provides an opportunity for a deeper connection with Portsmouth’s impressive legacy of History, Arts and Culture.

YOUR membership helps keep the Society’s exhibitions free of charge and accessible to EVERYONE!

  • Free Admission to 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
  • Advanced Notice of all events and programs
  • Member Discounts in our fantastic museum shop
  • Free or Discounted Tickets for our popular historic Portsmouth walking tours

Memberships range from $50 – $600.


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