Throughout June, each site in the Seacoast Region of the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail—USS Albacore, American Independence Museum, Woodman Museum and Discover Portsmouth—offers great programs and experiences.
Located in Portsmouth, Discover Portsmouth features several events in June. Sketching in the Gallery, which is free to attend, takes place from 10 a.m. to noon, June 9 and June 23. Sketching in the Gallery allows attendees to take a pencil and paper and sketch art featured in the Balcony Gallery.
In June, visitors will also have three chances – noon to 12:45 p.m. on June 1, 15 and 29 to take a special tour of “Gertrude Fiske: American Master.” At this event, visitors will experience a guided, in-depth look at the works of Gertrude Fiske. The tours are part of the Lunchtime Exhibition Tour and are free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Discover Portsmouth is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.portsmouthhistory.org.
Located in Portsmouth, the USS Albacore offers self-guided tours of a research submarine used by the U.S. Navy to test experimental features used on modern submarines. The self-guided tour includes recordings of former crew members who describe life aboard the submarine. Additionally, there is the Memorial Garden, which honors submariners who lost their lives in service to their country.
The USS Albacore is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ussalbacore.org.
American Independence Museum
At the American Independence Museum in Exeter, June features two special offerings in addition to public tours, Tuesday through Saturday. Revolutionary Story Time takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 7. Sponsored by Exeter Hospital, Revolutionary Story Time is for children (3 to 5 years old), parents and caregivers. The event features re-enactor and musician Mike Welch, who will read books, share stories, perform music and more.
On June 28, the American Independence Museum will host “The Patriotic Shoe,” a Lunch and Learn series event presented by People’s United Bank from noon to 1 p.m. Dr. Kimberly S. Alexander, PhD, of the University of New Hampshire, will discuss stories of American-made shoes, their makers and wearers. Lunch and Learn events are free.
The American Independence Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For information, visit www.independencemuseum.org.
At the Woodman Museum in Dover, visitors will be treated to the art of Juleen Stacy and Jim Reagan beginning June 3 in the Thom Hindle Gallery. Stacy, who is a resident artist of the Art Center, and Reagan, a member artist of the Art Center and owner of Carriage House Gallery, will have their work featured through July.
Also, throughout June, visitors are able to experience a scavenger hunt with online assistance for a chance to win a pair of wireless Apple Airpods. Of the 100 “treasures” featured in its 100-year celebration in 2016, 38 items are able to be located by guests on a self-guided tour. Once the hunt is completed, visitors can register for a chance to win the earbuds. The hunt will continue through July with a new winner drawn for that month.
The Woodman Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For information, visit www.woodmanmuseum.org.
In total, 17 museums make up the NH Heritage Museum Trail. Stops on The Trail include Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Plymouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.