Discover Portsmouth Center

Discover Portsmouth

Corner of Islington and Middle Streets
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-8433

The Portsmouth Historical Society converted the former city library into Discover Portsmouth, a “one-stop” central gateway to the historical, cultural and artistic venues of greater Portsmouth and a new exhibition site displaying the art and history of the region.

The building includes seven four-color, 4-by-8-foot information panels on each of Portsmouth’s historic houses, museums, landmarks and performance venues. The side galleries are filled with rotating exhibits, and the center’s theater hosts continuous showings of “Welcome to Historic Portsmouth,” a film on Portsmouth’s 400-year history.

Walking Tours from May through October 2017 include a 75-minute Daily Tour at 10:30am; an extended 90-minute Portsmouth History & Homes Tour Tuesdays at 11:00am; Portsmouth Women Tour fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30pm; Historic Preservation Tour with local historian Richard M. Candee, author of Building Portsmouth, select Saturdays at 10:20am; and the Sankofa Black Heritage Trail Tour select Saturdays at 2:00pm. For more information, click here:

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Hours:Open 7 days a week, March 4 thru Dec. 23, 9:30am to 5pm
Season:Spring, Fall