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Jul 21, 2019








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Other participating New Hampshire museums

The American Independence Museum (1 Governors Lane, Exeter) is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The museum has a collection of items pertaining to the Revolutionary War. Contact 772-2622 or visit
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road, Londonderry) is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Exhibits feature lessons on people, places and artifacts related to the aviation history of the Granite State. Contact 669-4820 or visit
The Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth) is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Strawbery Banke showcases 300 years of American heritage with 32 historic buildings and eight gardens. Contact 433-1100 or visit
Seacoast Science Center ( 570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye) is open 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The science center at Odiorne Point has interactive exhibits that teach visitors about Seacoast wildlife. Contact 436-8043 or visit
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (18 Highlawn Road, Warner) is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The educational center teaches visitors about 20,000 years of Native American culture and expression through exhibits and programs. Contact 456-2600 or visit
The New Hampshire Telephone Museum (1 Depot St., Warner) is open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The museum features a collection of nearly 1,000 telephones, switchboards, tools and related memorabilia. Contact 456-2234 or visit
The Libby Museum of Natural History (755 N. Main St., Wolfeboro) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The museum features a collection of animals, birds, artifacts and oddities. Contact 569-1035 or visit
The Wright Museum of World War II (77 Center St., Wolfeboro) is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The museum showcases historical artifacts and photographs from the WWII period. Contact 569-1212 or visit

Happy Museum Day
Visit New Hampshire’s museums for free

By Ethan Hogan

 Participating Smithsonian-affiliated museums in New Hampshire will be celebrating Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, with free admission for guests who get a Museum Day ticket at

The Manchester Historical Society’s Millyard Museum will have its “Queen City Quilts” exhibit on display during Museum Day, according to Jeff Barraclough, director of operations.
“It’s a highlight of a number of quilts ... that were made in Manchester,” said Barraclough.
The museum has other exhibits that celebrate Manchester’s industrial past and millyard, including a station that teaches guests about how raw cotton was made into cloth during the Industrial Revolution.
The museum has participated in Museum Day for at least five years, Barraclough said.
“We ... feel it is a great way to welcome people in who may not otherwise come,” he said.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Contact 622-7531 or visit
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will showcase its “Take Flight” exhibit during Museum Day. The exhibit features hands-on exercises that teach users about how planes and other aircraft are able to fly. 
“It’s more fun to have it be kind of competitive and get the whole family into it,” said Jeanne  Gerulskis, executive director.
The center has participated in Museum Day for several years, Gerulskis said.
“It seems like a great opportunity to get a burst of new people who haven’t been before...,” said Gerulskis.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center also has exhibits about satellites, lunar missions and rockets. The planetarium shows educational films for an additional $5. The center is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call 271-7827 or visit
The New Hampshire Historical Society will showcase three exhibits on Museum Day.
“We believe it’s another, broader way ... to encourage people to visit, use and think about museums,” said Director of Collectors and Exhibitions Wesley Ball.
The Discovering New Hampshire exhibit includes objects related to the state’s history, including prehistoric dugout canoes and paintings from the Civil War. A portrait exhibit is curated to represent relationships, like the one between New Hampshire figure Count Rumford and the king of Prussia.
“You can tease out all sorts of stories out of portraits and objects” said Balla.
The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Call 228-6688 or visit 

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