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!


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.


Currier Museum
The Currier Museum removed timed tickets. You will just need to have your library pass in hand the day of your visit. No need to call ahead to reserve!


MFA Stories: Podcasting Women


Strawbery Banke

 

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. 


Seacoast Science Center 

Currently open Fridays-Sundays, 10am-4pm
Starting June 23, open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10am-4pm

We are happy to announce that we are adding days to our visiting schedule! Starting June 23rd, we will be open on Wednesdays-Fridays! We would like to remind you to review our safety guidelines prior to planning your visit. We recommend that members make reservations and non-member purchase tickets in advance for their visit to Seacoast Science Center, as capacity is limited. 

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! 

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 

The festivities continue at the American Independence Museum throughout the month of July with the return of the American Independence Festival.  Our in-person festivities start July 10 and continue on Saturdays July 17 & 24.  We are also offering special virtual content throughout July – including a community reading of the Declaration of Independence.


Museum Pass List!
*Borrowers must be adult Smyth Library cardholders in good standing. Checkout period is for 2 days. No reserves. First come, first served. 
*Passes can be returned in the bookdrop. Early returns much appreciated! Late returns may result in revocation of borrowing privileges.
*Passes subject to the rules/regulations of the organizations as outlined below. Please call or email ahead of visiting with any questions.
*Some of these sites may offer member discounts in their gift shops with the library pass.

American Independence Museum– Exeter – 772-2622
Each pass entitles bearer to free admission for two adults and their children. Open Tues-Sat 10-4.


Boston Museum of Fine Arts – Boston – 617-369-3315
Each pass will allow up to 2 adults $10 general admission per person. Children under 6 admitted free and ages 7-17 free after 3pm. Everyone needs to reserve a timed-entry ticket in advance. Museum hours Wed-Sun 10-5.


Children’s Museum of New Hampshire – Dover – 742-2002 
50% off admission for four people. Open Wed & Sun 9-11:30; Thurs-Sat 1-3:30; All visits require reservation in advance.


Currier Museum of Art– Manchester – 669-6144
Each pass to the Currier will allow up to 2 adults free general admission. Children under 17 are always admitted FREE. All passes valid only with reservation. Museum hours Sun-Sat 11-5.


Fuller Gardens– North Hampton – 967-5414
Each pass will allow up to 2 adults free general admission with children under 18. May-Oct hours: 10-5:30pm.


The Libby Museum– Wolfeboro – 569-1035
The library pass is good for individual or family admission. Museum hours June 1-Labor Day: Tues-Sat 10-4; Sunday noon-4. Labor Day-Columbus Day: call for hours.


Museum of New Hampshire History – Concord – 228-6688
The library pass admits up to four adults or two adults with their children or grandchildren. The pass is valid any day the Museum and Library are open to the public.


Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park– Rye – 436-8043 
Pass provides reduced admissions to the Science Center only (separate charge for admission to Odiorne State Park).


See Science Center– Manchester – 669-0400 
Pass is valid for one family (immediate members plus grandparents); special exhibits, workshops, and classes are extra.


Squam Lake Science Center– Holderness – 968-7194
Pass is valid for for four $10 trail admissions every day May-Nov 1. Reservations required by phone option 7.


Strawbery Banke– Portsmouth – 433-1100
Pass is valid for unlimited free daily admission for two adults and up to four children.


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