It’s the kick off to summer museum season! Here in New Hampshire there just may be too many seasonal museums to choose from. Which museums are your favorite to visit? These are my top choices!
1. American Independence Museum, Exeter, New Hampshire
Founded in 1991, the American Independence Museum is a place where all can learn and celebrate what it took to create the freedoms that we as Americans continue to enjoy hundreds of years later.
On May 5th the museum opens with a weekend full of festivities, including children’s games coinciding with Exeter’s Kids’ Fest and free admission on Saturday for all New Hampshire residents. Check it out at: https://independencemuseum.org/
2. Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Strawbery Banke is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life.
The 32 historic houses are are staffed and open for touring starting in May. You will also find eight heritage gardens, preservation programs, hands-on activities, stories told by costumed role-players and changing exhibits. Plan your visit at: http://www.strawberybanke.org/
3. Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, New Hampshire
May 6th marks the reopening of the idyllic Shaker Village with Maypole dancing, food, crafts and the beloved Heifer Parade. Canterbury Shaker Village is an internationally-known non-profit museum founded in 1969, dedicated to preserving the heritage and 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers.
The village has 25 restored original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. Visit http://www.shakers.org/ for more details.
4. Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, Meriden, New Hampshire
This quirky Sunapee region museum kicks off the season with an opening reception on April 29th. There will be an artist talk with Dartmouth studio art lecturer Gerald Auten. Check it out at: http://www.aidronduckworthmuseum.org/events/.
5. Wright Museum of World War II, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
The museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions and enduring legacy of WWII-era Americans.
On exhibit May 1 to June 25, 2017: Saturday Evening Post Covers 1941-1946: The Art of Mead Schaeffer, Norman Rockwell and Friends. Learn more at: http://wrightmuseum.org/index.html
*Find these events and more at: http://www.nhmagazine.com/May-2017/Opening-Dates-for-Summer-Museum-Season/
Happy museum season!