Museums

Visit a Museum Online

New England Aquarium
Tune in to the Aquarium’s Facebook page every weekday at 11 a.m. for live broadcasts with our aquarists, educators, scientists, and special guests, including leaders in ocean conservation from around the world. The aquarium also features daily webcams and at-home activities!


American Independence Museum Concerts, Ghosts, and More!

Concerts on the Lawn
Join the American Independence Museum on the lawn of Folsom Tavern for a socially distanced concert series this October. As part of the re-imagined American Independence Festival, this concert series invites you to enjoy the talents of excellent local musicians who are not only wonderful performers, but also stewards of musical culture, history, and traditional folkways.  For the health and safety of guests, performers, and museum staff– reservations and masks are required.  The last concert is October 17 at 3pm. Get your tickets here.

Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery Tours
Celebrate the waning light and autumn season on Saturday, October 24. Your colonial tour guide will meet you at the Winter Street Cemetery, where you will see the final resting place and the graves of many of Exeter’s famous and infamous revolutionary residents, hear their stories and learn about this historic cemetery. Tours every 30 minutes from 3-5:30 pm. The 3:00 and 3:30 pm tour are designed for younger visitors.


Museum of Fine Arts Reopening
The MFA is reopening on Saturday, September 26. The museum is open five days a week: Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm. Visit mfa.org for information about health, safety, and what’s on view.
All visitors will be required to reserve a timed-entry ticket for admission, including institutional pass holders. A library pass will not be accepted for admission into the Museum. Patrons can use the promo code provided for the library to reserve discounted admission tickets ahead of the reservation date.

Each promo code use provides up to two people with $10 admission per person (discounted from the regular general admission charge of $25 per person and the regular special exhibition charge of $30 per person).
Single and Double Passes will no longer be date-specific to ensure flexibility in selecting an available date and timeslot. Institutions receive the same allotment of promo code uses for the year as in the past (360 for Single and 720 for Double).
To reserve discounted tickets online, patrons must visit mfa.org/tickets, select the date and type of ticket, and enter the promo code on the top right corner of the next page, which will activate the reduced admission rate. Patrons receive an e-mail with their admission ticket(s) and need to present their ticket(s) when they arrive at the Museum, preferably on a phone or device, but tickets printed on paper are accepted. A physical library pass will not be used for admission.


Fall Events at American Independence Museum
Interested in going to a museum this fall? Check out any of the following links to learn more and/or register for any of the events. Note: Masks are required at all of the events being held in-person.

NEW! Folsom Tavern & Grounds Tour
The Culper Spy Ring
Virtual Museum Tours
Lunch & Learn – Open Question: Does Truth Matter? (Zoom)


Boston Children’s Museum 

31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations About Race, Racism, and Resistance
Acknowledging racism with children as early and often as possible can help counter racial bias, which research suggests can present in kids as young as three. Check out this list of children’s books here to support conversations about race, racism, and resistance. 

Family Yoga Activity: Express Your Feelings
At this time, the museum knows that our young children need comfort and a safe place to express their feelings more than ever. Yoga is an excellent way to explore our feelings in times when we are unable to find the right words to make them known. Try out this fun Feelings Yoga activity here with your kids — it may benefit you, too, as we are all dealing with complicated emotions right now.

Live From the Living Room Challenge 
Join the #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge and share a short and funny video to make someone laugh. Tell a joke, pull a (harmless) prank on your sibling, train your dog to chase his tail — get creative! Let’s work together to make the world smile. Share your video with #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge to be featured on the page! The top ten videos will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Healthy Habits: Feelings Masks Activity
Feelings are complicated, and it can be difficult for kids to find the right words to express them. Facial expressions are so helpful for communicating our emotions, but when wearing a face mask, this isn’t always easy! In today’s video, Health and Wellness Educator Saki demonstrates a fun activity for kids to express emotions while get accustomed to wearing masks. Watch here.

Music and Movement with the Laurie Berkner Band
Take a music and movement break every morning at 10:00am with the Laurie Berkner Band! Laurie is hosting daily Berkner Breaks on her Facebook page featuring original music and dance. An added bonus: each of her livestreams benefits a different charitable organization.

Live From the Living Room Challenge 
Join the #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge and share a short and funny video to make someone laugh. Tell a joke, pull a (harmless) prank on your sibling, train your dog to chase his tail — get creative! Let’s work together to make the world smile. Share your video with #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge to be featured on the page! The top ten videos will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Daily Activity Break with Boston Children’s Museum
Check out some of the featured activities and programs:
Guess My Superfood 
A superfood is a type of food that is packed with nutrients. 🥕We are learning about some of these delicious, nutritious foods today with the game “Guess My Superfood!” Can you guess the superfood Laura is describing? Click here to play the game.


McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Super Stellar Fridays:
Join David McDonald for Super Stellar Friday to learn how to enhance your enjoyment of the stars by understanding the patterns in the sky, the colors of the stars, their distances, terms that describe their brightness, and learn how big and massive they are compared to the sun. Experience how to become a planet hunter – knowing just where to look each season. The night sky will never be the same after your involvement in Understanding the Night Sky. Virtual Super Stellar Fridays are FREE, but registration is required. Click here to register!

Virtual Fish Tank
While we are temporarily closed, we will continue to fulfill our mission in new and fun ways! Our staff is working hard developing online learning modules, at-home STEM activities, and virtual exhibits.
Follow along with their BLOG for distance learning resources. 
Check back soon on the website’s EXHIBITS PAGE as they create our online exhibits. 


MFA Stories: Podcasting Women


Strawberry Banke

The Strawberry Banke Museum is NOW open!
Please read Strawbery Banke Museum’s COVID-19 precautions prior to purchasing tickets. For COVID-19 precautions, additional tour information, and to purchase tickets please click here. Please note that, advanced ticket purchase for guided tours is strongly encouraged as dates/times may sell out in advance. Each guided tour is limited to 10 participants. Each person needs a separate ticket (including children under 5, who are admitted free). A self-guided tour option is available at the door only. 

The re-imagined visitor experience at Strawbery Banke Museum allows visitors to experience four outdoor sites exploring the resiliency of the historic waterfront neighborhood throughout time. This daily, public program invites guests to experience their own recoveries from COVID-19 restrictions by recognizing the parallels between everyday life in the present and the past. 

Elements, A Historical Parlor Game
Try playing this fun, fast and educational game with your family… In a time before television and other electronic amusements, parlor games were extremely popular. Gentlemen and ladies of the 1800s would play these games at parties in — of course! — the parlor (hence the name). These games used objects people had on-hand such as thimbles and handkerchiefs, and required that players used their brains and imaginations. While we might think of this as an era of elegance and etiquette, some of these games could get quite rowdy! 
Today these games are perfect to play outside, especially now that the warm weather has arrived. Today, we recommend The Elements. While indoors, people played using a handkerchief tied or pinned up into a ball, but if you bring this game outside you can use a handkerchief or any type of ball that is soft and easy to catch. Click here for the game instructions.   

What you can do with a SBM membership:
Present a Strawbery Banke Museum membership card and be treated to exclusive discounts observed by participating museums, including Coggeshall Farm, Mystic SeaportOld Stone House Museum and Historic Village, and more! Strawbery Banke Museum reciprocal privileges are extended to all levels of membership. Click here to learn more.

People of the Dawnland (Members Only)
Join Anne Jennison, Abenaki storyteller, and Alexandra Martin, Museum Archaeologist, to hear how archaeological evidence and Tribal oral histories provide us with information about the original inhabitants of the Piscataqua region. In 2019, the museum opened the People of the Dawnland exhibit in the Jones House Discovery Center, which explores the history and culture of past and present Indigenous people of New Hampshire. Free and open to Strawbery Banke Members. Preregistration required. Learn more and register here!
Zoom has a capacity of 100 attendees for this event. This virtual program will be recorded and sent to museum members in future member emails/e-newsletters. 


Seacoast Science Center 

News and Notes from SSC
From the museum: With safety always top-of-mind, we would like to remind you to review our safety guidelines prior to planning your visit and that we require that all visitors register for their visit to Seacoast Science Center. In addition, we ask that you please follow all NH Safer at Home guidelines in reference to out-of-State visitors or travel.  Admission is limited to less than 50% capacity per 2-hour time slot. You may choose to visit our facility on the weekends from 10am-12pm, 12-2pm, or 2-4pm. To schedule your visit, click here.

Your Learning Connection
If you’ve never taken part in our annual daylong, park-wide species scavenger hunts, then mark your calendars for next year (Sunday, September 12, 2021)! You can check out SSC’s BioBlitz page to learn more about the event and link to the Meet the Experts videos or view the videos on our YouTube channel. Our scientists, experts and naturalists share ways you can investigate birds, mushrooms, mammals, insects in our salt marsh, the intertidal, and the pond and forest habitats. Check out our 2020 Bioblitz! Species Summary document to learn about this year’s discoveries, then head outside to do some blitzing in your environments! 
 You can find all Your Learning Connection lessons, activities, and resources to support at-home learning on our website. Please take good care and help us spread our message of ocean health and ocean conservation with your children, students and friends. You can also check out our new Teacher Learning Connection resources designed specially for teachers and home-school parents. 

Marine Mammal of New England Webinars
Did you miss our History of Marine Mammals in New England or Great White Sharks and Seals in New England Webinar? No worries! You can watch them anytime by finding them on our YouTube Channel (be sure to subscribe!) or by clicking the links below. Special thanks go partner organizations National Marine Life Center, Tufts University, and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy for joining us and sharing their knowledge and expertise!

Facebook Live Fridays
Tune in to the Seacoast Science Center’s Facebook page at 11am every Friday learn about seacoast habitats, animals, and life.Post your questions during the livestream and they will get to as many as they can! Can’t watch live at that time? Facebook Live videos are automatically saved and posted shortly after the session ends so you can watch anytime. 


Children’s Museum of NH 
The museum is still closed however there are online events and activities for children based on various subjects, including: art, STEM, and nature. Click here to discover something new today! 

NH Maker & Food Fest
Saturday, August 29th
Here is how the Virtual Fest will work: 150 Maker Fest kits that people can reserve online in August for free on a first-come, first-served basis, and pick up at the Children’s Museum of NH in Dover prior to the August 29th Fest date. In those kits will be at-home projects, activities, samples, and more provided by the Museum as well as by our participating Makers.
If you can’t reserve and pick-up a Fest kit, don’t worry! There will be plenty of special Maker videos, tutorials, demonstrations, blogs, photos, and more scheduled throughout the day on August 29th, and those online elements will stay up for ONE WEEK for anyone to access and enjoy. The Virtual Fest is free for all to enjoy thanks to the support of our generous sponsors.
The application for Makers who want to participate! All Maker participation is now free, and we are happy to welcome Maker participation from around the globe…one of the perks of going virtual!

Are you a chef who wants to share a demo of how to create their favorite dish? How about an artisan who wants to share how to make a unique piece of jewelry? Have you built a robot? Show us what it can do! Hobbyists, creators, entrepreneurs, youth groups, designers, small businesses, performers, and of course Maker groups are all encouraged to participate! Reach out to Neva Cole: neva@childrens-museum.org with any questions or concerns, and apply here today to participate!


American Independence Museum 

Revolutionary Story Times 
The museum is creating digital story times, activities and lesson plan videos. They continue to serve as an educational resource for students, teachers and parents through our digital platforms. New content is posted weekly to their YouTube channel.


Visit a Museum in Person

While most museums are temporarily closed, the Smyth Public Library offers a variety of museum passes for patron use. Passes are available to be checked out for 2 days at a first-come, first-served basis. Reserves can be made in advance for any passes by calling, emailing or filling out the museum reservation request form at the bottom of the page. 
Check the list below for the museum passes we offer. 

American Independence Museum– Exeter
Free admission for two adults and their children under 18


Aviation Museum of New Hampshire– Londonderry
Free admission for one family.


Currier Museum of Art– Manchester
50% off general admission for 2 adults (children under 12 are free)


Fuller Gardens– North Hampton
Each Pass admits 1 person free; 2 passes per patron.
Open Daily Mid-May thru Mid-October 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


The Libby Museum– Wolfeboro
One Day Family Pass

Natural History
Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30pm
New program at New Hampshire’s only natural history museum presented by Executive Director, Alana Albee. Alana’s presentation features a slideshow on the history of the museum, Dr. Libby’s career as a dentist and naturalist, highlights of the collection, and a bit about the restoration.


McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center– Concord
Free admission to exhibit galleries for 4 people


Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, MA
$10 admission for up to 2 people
Children under 6 free
$10 for ages 7-17 (free after 3pm)


NH Parks Pass
The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation’s Library Pass entitles admission to all day-use parks for two adults and up to four dependents. It is not valid at Hampton Beach State Park – South Beach, Wallis Sands State Park, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, or the Flume Gorge. The pass is also not valid for use at the metered parking on the seacoast or for camping. There is no cash value. The passes are seasonal and expire December 31.

For patrons who wish to visit at park using a library pass while the libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 virus: they must contact the library to reserve the pass, library staff will reserve the pass on the system, library staff will email the pass to the patron, and the patron shall only print one pass that will be collected at the park upon entrance. Duplicate passes may be confiscated and the library contacted regarding misuse.

The park system currently has the following parks open at a limited capacity:

  • Monadnock – Jaffrey
  • Miller – Peterborough
  • Pawtuckaway – Nottingham
  • Bear Brook  – Allenstown
  • Winslow – Wilmot
  • Rollins – Warner

The Parks and Rec .department are currently using an advanced day-use reservation system, however, they will be setting aside a limited number of parking spaces for pre-paid and discounted access based upon historical use while we work to update our reservation system to accommodate these visitors. If patrons do not reserve ahead of their arrival, the library pass does not guarantee entrance into the park. If the park is at capacity, they will not be permitted to enter.

For the most up to day information on NH State Parks and our response to the COVID-19 crisis, please visit www.nhstateparks.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park– Rye
50% off admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children
The Seacoast Science Center is now open daily from 10am-5pm; however from March 2-6 the center will be closed for maintenance. 

The Seacoast Science Center is opening back up! 
They will be opening for public visits on weekends, from 10am-4pm, starting July 4th and for the rest of the summer. Reservations to visit SSC are strongly encouraged, and reservations are required to enter OPSP. Click here for more information and to make reservations.


See Science Center– Manchester
Free admission for 2 people


Squam Lake Science Center– Holderness
Two $3 trail admissions, plus up to four additional discounted trail admissions for $10 each.


Strawbery Banke– Portsmouth
Free admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children

The Strawberry Banke Museum is NOW open!
Please read Strawbery Banke Museum’s COVID-19 precautions prior to purchasing tickets. For COVID-19 precautions, additional tour information, and to purchase tickets please click here. Please note that, advanced ticket purchase for guided tours is strongly encouraged as dates/times may sell out in advance. Each guided tour is limited to 10 participants. Each person needs a separate ticket (including children under 5, who are admitted free). A self-guided tour option is available at the door only. 


NHPBS Movies at Pinkerton Academy and the McAuliffe Shepard Center 
Click here to discover various events and feature films hosted by participating theaters in partnership with NHPBS.


 Museum Reservation Request Form:
Request to make a pass reservation below!