Discover Portsmouth Exhibits, Programs & Events

Discover our Museum Shop this Holiday Season!

Don’t forget! Friday is #plaidfridayseacoast! We will be open from 10am to 5pm. Start your holiday shopping here with an array of gifts from local artists and craftspeople.10676165_807711069270911_3954285198302241166_n10349154_800897976618887_6857859032828768558_n

What a Year! Portsmouth Historical Society Launches 2014 Annual Appeal


Discover Portsmouth continues its upward trajectory thanks to support from people like you. With your help, we:

  • Produced a new map exhibit at the John Paul Jones House Museum
  • Launched new walking tours with a team of well-trained guides
  • Created the Eleanor Williams Hooker Tea Talks Winter lectures on Black History with standing-room-only crowds
  • Won national acclaim for “Bold & Brash”- the largest Bellamy exhibit in history AND a new biography of John Haley Bellamy by Jim Craig
  • Revamped the museum shop with merchandise from talented local craftspeople
  • Installed new trees and shrubs, $20,000 of in-kind services by Piscataqua Landscaping!
  • Began a new September tradition in the garden of the John Paul Jones House

We thank you for your support.

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Holiday Concerts featuring the Aeterna Trio and the Piscataqua River Brass

at3Discover Thursdays will present two holiday concerts at Discover Portsmouth featuring glorious music. The Aeterna Trio, headed by Andy Happel, will perform at the center on Thursday, December 4 and the Piscataqua River Brass will perform on Thursday, December 11. Both concerts are at 7pm. Tickets are $12 per person, $10 for Portsmouth Historical Society members. For reservations please call (603) 436-8433. [Read more…]

Jane Chapin exhibit to raise funds for Special Operations Warrior Foundation & Pease Greeters

chapin2A new exhibit at Discover Portsmouth features the art of Jane Chapin. The Land of the Free exhibit will raise funds and awareness of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Pease Greeters. [Read more…]

2014 Vintage Christmas Gingerbread House Contest!

PrintHomemade gingerbread creations will be on display daily for the public throughout December during Vintage Christmas. Get your family and friends together and craft your own beautiful creation!

Entries must be registered no later than Saturday, November 29, 2014 and, delivered to Discover Portsmouth between 1 – 5 pm Monday, December 2nd.

To register, send an email with your name, address, daytime and evening phone, email address and category (Family, Youth Group, Adult or Business/NPO) to Karin Scott at [Read more…]

Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Exhibition “It’s Pastel!”, Oct 25- Nov 30

PSNH_logoThis is a major juried exhibit with works by pastel artists from New Hampshire and numerous other states, sponsored by the Pastel Society of New Hampshire. Opening reception October 56, 4-6 p.m. There will be refreshments and an awards ceremony. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Robert Carsten, will be the Juror of Awards for this show. Call 603-436-8433 or visit for more information.

Where: Discover Portsmouth
When: Oct 26- Nov 30
Hours: 10AM-5PM
Admission: Free

Image: “Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” by Susan Parmenter

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Discover Portsmouth Center

We are dedicated to increasing public understanding and enthusiasm for local history. Our trustees, staff, sponsors, and members believe strongly that the uniqueness of Portsmouth is defined by the city’s past. Our mission is to provide a central location where, in cooperation with other groups, we can introduce, interpret, and stimulate the study of Portsmouth history.