Museums In The
Lake Winnipesaukee Area


Museums in the Lake Winnipesaukee area of New Hampshire are a fun and entertaining way to learn about history and art as well as every day life in the past. Some are more interesting than others depending on what aspect you're into.

This past year, I traveled to a number of these places with my daughter's class. I found many of them fascinating because I learned how every day life was in that particular era.

Some of them have a hands on approach which really gives you an idea of what it was like back then.

Others get you involved in trying experiments or playing games to learn about how things have evolved.

And then there are historical places where you just look at things and see how they differ from what they are today.

Because there are so many different tastes, I've included a list of various types of exhibits including history, art and science around the Lake Winnipesaukee area of New Hampshire.

Some are a little further and when I come across additional ones, I'll add them in the future. So have fun checking these places out!



Lake Winnipesaukee Museum

Lake Winnipesaukee Museum

503 Endicott St., Route 3
Laconia, NH
603-366-5950

This property is a historic landmark. It show how culture changed the way Americans spend their summer vacations on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

Open year round:
Tues - Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm


Wright Museum

Wright Museum
77 Center St.
Wolfeboro, NH
603-569-1212

The featured exhibits focuses on WWII. You'll find a home front gallery and theater, a visitor's center and a military section that has exhibits on all branches of the military service. There is so much to see and learn.

Open: May - Oct
Mon - Sat 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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NH Boat Museum

NH Boat Museum
395 Center Street
Wolfeboro, NH
603-569-4554

Learn about the lakes region's boating and how it played in the growth of the Lake Winnipesaukee area of New Hampshire. You'll find United States maritime history with a focus on the lakes region. It features many examples of vintage mahogany and antique boats.

Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day:
Mon - Sat 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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Historic Belknap Mill

Historic Belknap Mill
25 Beacon St. East
Laconia, NH
603-524-8813

The Belknap Mill is the only building left that represents the Industrial Revolution. Come and visit the industrial knitting museum and check out the gift shop.

Open all year:
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Rd.
Canterbury, NH
603-783-9511

Canterbury Shaker Village showcases how the Shakers lived in the past. It features original Shaker buildings, guided tours, crafts, demonstrations and more.

Open Daily May - Oct: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Nov - Open on Fri, Sat, Sun: 10:00am - 4:00pm

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Wolfeboro Historical Society

Wolfeboro Historical Society
337 S. Main St.
Wolfeboro, NH
603-569-4997

The Wolfeboro Historical Society features three historic buildings in downtown Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee. These include the Clark House, Firehouse and Schoolhouse.

Open Jul and Aug:
Wed - Sat: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun: 10:00am - 2:00pm


Tuftonboro Historical Society

Tuftonboro Historical Society
Route 109
Melvin Village
603-544-7225

The Tuftonboro Historical Society features local history on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Open Jul-Aug:
Mon - Fri: 2:00pm - 4:00pm


The New Hampshire Historical Society
30 Park Street
Concord, NH
603-228-6688

Currently there are three exhibitions open for viewing, "Discovering New Hampshire," "White Mountains in the Parlor: The Art of Bringing Nature Indoors," and "Making the World Safe for Democracy: Posters of the Great War in New Hampshire." Please visit our website at www.nhhistory.org for a complete listing of upcoming public programs and events, including lectures, guided tours, and workshops.

Open all year:
Tues - Sat: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Admission: $7/adults, Society members, Children 18 and under, active military personnel with ID are free.



Christa McAuliffe Planetarium

Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
3 Institute Dr.
Concord, NH
603-271-7827


The planetarium is a memorial for Christa McAuliffe, America's first private citizen in space. You can view shows about space while seated in the domed theater. Hands on exhibits as well as special programs and sky watches are available.

Open:
Mon - Wed: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Thurs: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat - Sun: 11:30am - 5:00pm

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Strawbery Banke

Strawbery Banke
68 Marcy St.
Portsmouth, NH
603-433-1100

Visitors have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked throughout the centuries in New Hampshire.

The actual community has been preserved so the visitor can get a feel for what it was like. Strawbery Banke holds many events. Beginning in May you can take self-guided tours, 4th of July celebration, Ghosts on the Banke Halloween celebration and the guided Holiday House tours with a candlelight stroll.


Open:
May - Oct: Mon - Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Nov - Apr: (Guided tours only)
Thurs - Sat: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Closed 1st two weekends in Dec. and Jan.

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Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum

Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum
Kearsarge Mountain
Warner, NH
603-456-3244

Come and see exhibits on native American culture and history. You'll find a gift shop, guided tours and different programs.


Open: May - Nov
Mon - Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Nov and Dec open Sat and Sun only

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The Fort at No. 4

The Fort at No.4 Living History Museum
267- Springfield Rd. (rte 11)
Charlestown, NH
603-826-5700


Experience Charlestown, New Hampshire in the 1740s. This is an authentic reconstruction settlement. You'll find hearth cooking demonstrations, military drills, children's games and more.


Open: Jun -Oct
Wed - Sun: 10:00am - 4:30:pm

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New England Ski Museum

New England Ski Museum
Exit 34B, I-93/Franconia Notch Parking
Franconia, NH
603-823-7177


Whether you're up enjoying the New Hampshire mountains in the warm months or skiing for the day, stop in to see the ski museum. It features antique ski equipment and vintage ski films.


Open Daily:
Memorial Day - March: 10:00am - 5:00pm

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See Science Center

See Science Center
200 Bedford St.
Manchester, NH
603-669-0400


Enjoy a hands on science center with about 100 exhibits where visitors can do the actual experiment. This is a fun time for the whole family.


Open Daily:
Mon - Fri: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat - Sun: 10:00am - 5:00pm

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The Children's Museum

The Children's Museum
6 Washington St.
Dover, NH
603-436-3853


A fun time for children of all ages. Enjoy the hands on exhibits in art and science. You'll find a dinosaur dig, music room, submarine play area as well as developmental toys.


Open:
Tues - Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Mount Washington Museum

Mount Washington Museum
At the Summit of Mt. Washington
North Conway, NH
603-356-2137


Learn about the weather on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, which is one of the worst in the world and the reasons why it's so severe. This museum features a weather discover room, geological history , rock strata, continental ice sheets and more.


Open Daily:
May - Mid Oct: 9:00am - 6:00pm (weather permitting)

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Currier Gallery of Art

Currier Gallery of Art
201 Myrtle Way
Manchester, NH
603-669-6144


This art gallery exhibits European and American Art from the 13th century to the present.


Open Daily For Public Tours:
12:30pm - 1:30pm and 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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There are many more places to view our history of the state around the Lake Winnipesaukee area of New Hampshire. Some are small and can be contacted through the various town historical societies.

Other places on my day trips also fit into this category. You can find historical facts at many of these places. If you think I should add some to my list use the contact us form to let me know. Have fun!




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