90-minute programs, guided by professional museum educators offer hands-on experiences that bring history to life. Maximum number per workshop: 15 students. (Multiple workshops can be run at the same time to accommodate groups up to 150 students in a day)Price: $12.00 per student/$8.00 per adult chaperone
Raise the Roof: Early New England Architecture
How did colonial people build homes with just hand tools and human power? Discover the answers by becoming a construction crew and working as a team to assemble a tabletop model of an 18th-century post-and-beam house. Then explore a real historic house built on the same plan, looking for clues to its construction and the lives of the people who lived there long ago.
Industry and Innovation: 19th-Century Cookstove Cooking
In the 1800s, cookstoves were the latest in high-tech home appliances. See how the Industrial Revolution found its way into America’s kitchens, utterly transforming daily life, as you prepare a Victorian-era recipe on our cast-iron cookstove. Then search our historic homes for the new inventions of the Industrial Age.
Home and Hearth: 18th-Century Hearth Cooking
Feeding a family in pre-industrial times took resourcefulness and hard work. Travel back to the 1700s to experience open hearth cooking over a wood fire. Read an historic recipe, weigh and measure ingredients on kitchen scales, and bake over hot coals using 18th-century tools and techniques. Tour a Colonial shop to get a taste of global trade and discover exotic spices and foreign goods brought to New England from faraway places.
60-minute programs, guided by museum professionals that provide in-depth explanations and discussion for older students and adults. Maximum number per tour: 20 – 25 students. (Multiple tours can be run on the same day to accommodate larger groups)Price: $12.00 per student/$8.00 per adult chaperone
Uncovering Archaeology: Join a professional guide to explore several archaeological sites and discover how the information preserved underground can teach us about the daily life of people living in this region over the last 400 years.
Botanical History: Explore 400 years of history through Strawbery Banke’s gardens and landscapes. Tours can be customized to the interest of the group and often include subjects such as medicinal plant history, culinary plants and historic recipes and ornamental flower traditions (offered May – Oct).
Tale of Two Marys: Compare and contrast the stories of two windowed women living in the same neighborhood 200 years ago. Discover how quality of life was influenced by gender, economic status and sometimes, pure grit.
Recollections of Home: Step back into the 1920s Puddle Dock neighborhood. Hear stories about the adventures, relationships, and daily life procured from the oral histories of immigrants and first generation American children who grew up here.
History on Ice
Dates: December 18, 2017 – February 16, 2018
During the winter months, Strawbery Banke opens Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond for old-fashioned, wintertime fun! Now students can experience one of Strawbery Banke’s popular Time Travel Workshops as well as spend some time getting fresh air and exercise at the rink.
Maximum group size: 80 students per day
Cost: $12.00 per student/$8.00 per adult (Cost includes workshop, skating and rentals if needed)
NOTE: Groups can schedule a visit for just skating at $5.00 per person
See Workshop Options at the top of the page. NOTE: Guided Tours are not available during History on Ice.