The New Hampshire Historical Society is an independent museum that preserves and showcases the rich history of New Hampshire, so are you ready to learn all about how fascinating this New England state's past is?
One of the long term exhibitions at the museum is Discovering New Hampshire. Kids can gain an understanding of the state's people, places and events through the collection of photographs, objects and documents that you can't see anywhere else.
Have you ever seen an Abenaki dugout canoe, or even wondered what an early snowmobile looks like?
Often the exhibits at the museum change frequently, so you can always go back and visit.
One example of a changing exhibit is Sign of the Times, which explores how signs guide us through daily lives, and even serve as a window to the past. The New Hampshire Historical Society collected signs over the past century, revealing what that tells them about how the region changed over time.
A great way to explore the museum's exhibits and collections is to join one of the free guided gallery tours, which happen twice a month at select times. If your kids are ones to ask a lot of questions, why not visit at a time when there is someone to answer them all!
History really does come to life at the New Hampshire Historical Society, so are you ready to explore just how fascinating the past really is?
Take Interstate 93 to Exit 14. Northbound--turn left at the light at the end of the exit ramp; Southbound--turn right at the light at the end of the exit ramp. Move into the left lane in order to take a left onto North Main Street. Take the next right onto Park Street (a one-way street that goes up the right side of the State House). At the stop sign, continue straight; the New Hampshire Historical Society is the granite building on the right. Metered parking is available on surrounding streets and in downtown Concord's public parking garages.Get directions
Free for members, full-time students with ID and active military & families
Guided gallery tours are offered the second Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and on the third Friday of the month at 12 noon. The tour is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members and included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences.
The New Hampshire Historical Society's building, including the rotunda, exhibition gallery, auditorium, reading room, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking is located behind the building in the Society's lot (entrance off North State Street), and the building's rear entrance is wheelchair accessible via a ramp from the parking lot.