Opening Dates for Summer Museum Season

When to go and what to see at your favorite seasonal museums



photo courtesy of kimberly davis photography
The American Independence Museum in Exeter opens for the season with a weekend-long festival May 5-6.

It’s summer museum season! Here are the opening dates and details for a few of our favorites.

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum: April 29

This quirky Sunapee region museum kicks off its season at the end of April and stays open through October 29. On opening day, catch an artist talk with Dartmouth studio art lecturer Gerald Auten. 21 Bean Rd., Meriden

Wright Museum of WWII: May 1

Don’t miss this history museum’s first exhibit of the season: a showing of more than 60 World War II-era Saturday Evening Post covers, on display through June 25. 77 Center St., Wolfeboro

Historic Houses at Strawbery Banke Museum: May 1

The Seacoast’s favorite museum restarts its living history programs for the season this month. Visit the 32 historic homes onsite to learn the history of Puddle Dock through costumed role-players and old-fashioned crafts. 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth

American Independence Museum: May 5-6

This Colonial spot celebrates its season opening with a weekend full of festivities, including children’s games coinciding with Exeter’s Kids’ Fest and free admission on Saturday for all New Hampshire residents. 1 Governors Ln., Exeter

Canterbury Shaker Village: May 6

Mark the reopening of the idyllic Shaker Village with Maypole dancing, food, crafts and the beloved Heifer Parade. 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury

New Hampshire Boat Museum: May 27

In addition to its standard collection and recent additions, be sure to check out this season’s featured exhibit, “Big Dreams, Little Boats” — a collection of ’50s- to ’70s-era toy boats. 399 Center St., Wolfeboro Falls

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site: May 27

The galleries and historic buildings of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ rural retreat open for the summer during Memorial Day weekend. While you’re there, enjoy the grounds of New Hampshire’s only National Parks site. 139 Saint Gaudens Rd., Cornish

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