Historical Attractions in MANCHESTER with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Manchester, New Hampshire!)

Manchester is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Granite State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Manchester’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Manchester when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • The Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center

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    (1 miles) Manchester

    The center houses an impressive interactive exhibit hall that allows visitors to explore the Merrimack River. The exhibits focus on the Merrimack River watershed, historical use of the Amoskeag area, ...

  • The Robert Frost Farm

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    (12 miles) Derry

    The Robert Frost Farm was home to Robert Frost and his family from 1900-1911. Frost, one of the nation's most acclaimed poets whose writings are said to be the epitome of New England, attributed many ...

  • McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

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    (16 miles) Concord

    Take a journey to the stars: where the sky is no limit, it is just the beginning! Kids can participate in a rocket-making workshop, make a comet, land the space shuttle, try the amateur satellite ...

  • Americas Stonehenge

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    (16 miles) Salem

    Explore the mysteries of America's Stonehenge, and try and work out how it was built! Most likely the oldest man-made structure in the USA!

  • America's Stonehenge

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    (16 miles) Salem

    A mysterious historical attraction - possibly the oldest man-made attraction in the entire country - our very own Stonehenge! Right in New Hampshire.

  • Canterbury Shaker Village

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    (25 miles) Canterbury

    A National Historic Landmark museum with 25 original Shaker buildings and 694 acres of nature trails to explore. Families will find hands-on activities scattered throughout the Village ranging from ...

  • Strawbery Banke Museum

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    (36 miles) Portsmouth

    Visitors to Strawbery Banke have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked in this typical American neighborhood throughout four centuries of history. Through its ...

  • Phillips House

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    (43 miles) Salem

    Experience a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family with this historic 1821 house in Salem.

  • The House of the Seven Gables

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    (44 miles) Salem

    Uncover 359 years of Salem's history at this collection of historic buildings, and museum. A great family historical experience in Massachusetts!

  • Maritime Gloucester

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    (48 miles) Gloucester

    Features include an aquarium with touch tanks and maritime exhibit gallery with interactive stations plus summer classes and programs aimed at families. Plus go sailing or lobstering!

  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium

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    (49 miles) Boston

    Walk though the world of 1937, quite literally, as you step into a one-of-a-kind, three-story, painted-glass globe. Once inside, watch a sound and light presentation, experience the unique acoustics ...

  • The Fort at No 4 Museum

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    (52 miles) Charlestown

    Travel back in time to Charlestown, New Hampshire in the 1740's and have an unforgettable experience in an authentically reconstructed fortified settlement.

  • 19th Century Willowbrook Village

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    (55 miles) Newfield

    Take a trip back in time to experience 19th century America, with over 10,000 artifacts depicting the crafts and trades, as well as a fascinating 1894 carousel! History can be fun at this unique ...

  • Billings Farm and Museum

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    (69 miles) Woodstock

    The farm dates back to 1871, when native Vermonter, Frederick Billings, set out to build a farm and forestry operation that would serve future generations as a model of wise stewardship. His farm ...

  • Old Sturbridge Village

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    (70 miles) Sturbridge

    A fascinating 1830s New England living history museum - one of the largest in the country! With 59 antique buildings, costumed historians, and a working farm, kids can enjoy year round fun at this ...

  • Dr Seuss National Memorial

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    (84 miles) Springfield

    In the centre of Springfield there is a park called The Quadrangle which contains sculptures of some of your favourite Dr.Seuss characters - great for photo opportunities

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  • Currier Museum of Art

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    Manchester

    The Currier features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O'Keeffe, Wyeth, and LeWitt with exhibitions, tours, and programs ...

  • The Millyard Museum

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    (1 miles) Manchester

    The Museum features the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. The story starts with the ...

  • Scouting Museum

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    (2 miles) Manchester

    The Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum/Max I Silber Scouting Library represents an exciting, unique, and colorful repository for an exceedingly large collection of Boy Scout memorabilia and an ...

  • Museum of New Hampshire History

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    (15 miles) Concord

    The New Hampshire Historical Society serves thousands of children and adults each year through its Museum of New Hampshire History, research library, educational programs, and award-winning ...

  • American Textile History Museum

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    (25 miles) Lowell

    This is not your run-of-the-mill museum. From spinning wheels to airplanes and power looms to baseballs, history really comes alive here. Enjoy family-friendly interactive centers for hands-on fiber ...

  • American Independence Museum

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    (26 miles) Exeter

    Discover the stories behind America's revolutionary past and how they relate to your experiences today by visiting the American Independence Museum. Located in historic Exeter, New Hampshire, the ...

  • Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum

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    (28 miles) Warner

    Exhibits of Native American objects, special events,and programming. 2.5 acre Medicine Woods Nature Trail. Tipi and Northeast Woodlands lodge frame on grounds. Shop for souvenirs in our giftshop.

  • Children's Museum of New Hampshire

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    (32 miles) Dover

    Two floors of interactive exhibits and hands-on learning at this New Hampshire children's museum, dedicated to a child's development! Perfect for under 12s

  • The Discovery Museums

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    (37 miles) Acton

    Two museums in one! In the Children's Discovery Museum, the younger children learn while they play. At the Science Discovery Museum, children and adults of all ages explore hands-on scientific ...

  • National Heritage Museum

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    (41 miles) Lexington

    We present history by telling stories that are rich in content, use compelling narrative, and are supported by dynamic displays and interactive hands-on activities.

  • The Wright Museum

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    (43 miles) Wolfeboro

    The Wright Museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to celebrating Americans' sacrifices and achievements during WWII.

  • Klickety Klack Railroad

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    (43 miles) Wolfeboro Falls

    An incredible hands-on experience within this museum and hobby shop for those families and kids who just love trains!

  • Witch Dungeon Museum

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    (43 miles) Salem

    Experience a live re-enactment of the Salem Witch Trial! Go back in time to 1692 to hear real transcripts from the actual trials, before touring the dungeon!

  • Salem Witch Museum

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    (43 miles) Salem

    Step back in time to 1692, to a time when the Witch Trails of Salem were in full force. Fascinating for the older kids, this museum gives the family a dramatic history lesson with life-size figures, ...

  • Witch History Museum

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    (43 miles) Salem

    Explore the untold stories of 1692 with live presentations and real life scenes depicting the stories of the trials in Old Salem village.

  • Peabody Essex Museum

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    (43 miles) Salem

    Spend the day surrounded by art and culture in this popular Salem museum, with exhibits, programs and activities!

  • Salem Wax Museum

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    (44 miles) Salem

    This compelling museum is composed of eerily life-like London made wax figures that depict Salems vivid history from its founding in 1626 through the terrifying Hysteria of 1692. Come face to face ...

  • The New England Pirate Museum

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    (44 miles) Salem

    Relive the swashbuckling adventures of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard, with a walking tour and authentic pirate treasures!

  • New Hampshire Boat Museum

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    (44 miles) Wolfeboro Falls

    The Museum features many of the finest examples of vintage mahogany and antique boats on a rotating basis, including; Garwood, Chris-Craft, Century, Dodge, Penn Yan, Lyman and Hacker. There are ...