New Hampshire is full of rich history, beautiful natural scenery, and artistic prominence. If your family is looking for something educational to explore, whether it’s basic shapes and colors for your young ones, legendary artwork from history’s greatest painters, or something completely quirky and different, there’s a museum on this list for you.

Take a look at our directory below to find a museum near you and If you see that we’ve missed one, please email us at and we’ll add it.

Children’s Museums | Art Museums | Science Museums | Historical Museums | Military Museums | Transportation Museums | Nature Museums

Children’s Museums in New Hampshire

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (Dover)
We are NH’s children’s museum, located on the banks of the Cochecho River in Dover. Our one-of-a-kind, hands-on exhibits have been created by our staff and NH artisans for kids and their families Directions

WMV Children’s Museum (North Conway)
The MWV Children’s Museum, building tomorrow’s grown-ups by providing opportunities for children and their adults to learn through play. Directions

Cheshire Children’s Museum (Keene)
We are enriching our community by providing unique hands-on educational experiences. Our exhibits and programs integrate the arts, science, math, and literature for children to discover, explore, and learn through the power of play. Directions

Art Museums in New Hampshire

Currier Museum of Art (Manchester)
The Currier features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Wyeth and LeWitt with exhibitions, tours and programs year-round. The Museum also offers tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. Directions

The Frost Place (Franconia)
The Frost Place is a nonprofit educational center for poetry and the arts based at Robert Frost’s old homestead. Directions

Hood Museum of Art (Hanover)
The Hood Museum of Art houses one of the oldest and largest college collections in the country, with more than 65,000 objects from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and many more regions of the world. Directions

Science Museums in New Hampshire

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (Concord)
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore. Delve into the worlds of astronomy, aviation, Earth and space sciences and become immersed in this entertaining learning environment. There are programs at the Discovery Center for all ages! Directions

SEE Science Museum (Manchester)
The SEE Science Center is an interactive learning center established to promote the understanding, enjoyment and achievements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Directions

Historical Museums in New Hampshire

Millyard Museum (Manchester)
Operated by the Manchester Historic Association, the Millyard Museum is housed in Mill No. 3 at the historic Amoskeag Millyard. The Museum features the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. Directions

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (Warner)
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center, connects people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. The Museum embraces cultural diversity and encourages responsible environmental action based on respect for nature. Directions

New England Ski Museum (Franconia)
Our mission is to collect, conserve, and exhibit elements of ski history for research, education and inspiration. We have operated our Museum at Franconia Notch State Park since December, 1982 and welcome thousands of visitors each year. Whether online or in person, we encourage you to enjoy our stories from the history of skiing. Directions

New Hampshire Telephone Museum (Warner)
This museum houses a tangible history of telecommunications which can be viewed via guided or self-guided tours.  Our knowledgeable staff provides engaging commentary highlighting important moments in telephone history, such as the race to the patent office, the undertaker who invented the dial system, and much more. Directions

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm (Tamworth)
Remick is the only country doctor museum in New England and provides season-based opportunities to connect with rural New Hampshire history, the important contributions once made by country doctors, and rural pastimes and lore. Directions

Strawbery Banke Museum (Portsmouth)
In the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life. The Museum is a place for children, adults, multigenerational families and groups to gather to explore. Directions

The Woodman Museum (Dover)
The Museum was founded in 1916 to: “Engage minds. Ignite curiosity. Provoke thought […] Educate, excite, and inspire current and future generations about . . . a changing nation by preserving and exhibiting objects of historic significance, decorative and fine art, and natural science that connect Dover and its citizens to . . . the world.” Directions

Military Museums in New Hampshire

USS Albacore Museum (Portsmouth)
The USS Albacore was a research submarine, designed by the Navy to test experimental features used in modern submarines. As you walk through the ship, a series of audio stations highlight Albacore’s unique features. Recordings by former crew members tell something of the daily life aboard the sub. Directions

Transportation Museums in New Hampshire

American Police Motorcycle Museum (Meredith)
The American Police Motorcycle Museum was built to protect, preserve, and share the courageous history of the early motorcycle policemen and to bring greater understanding of the policeman’s role to the people they serve. Directions

New Hampshire Boat Museum (Wolfeboro Falls)
The New Hampshire Boat Museum’s exhibitions, collections, programs, and events inspire an understanding and an appreciation of the unique role New Hampshire’s lakes play in people’s lives down through the ages. Directions

Nature Museums in New Hampshire

Libby Museum (Wolfeboro)
The Libby Museum of Natural History was founded over 100 years ago, and is one
of the oldest of its kind in New Hampshire. The Libby collection is an unusual array of animals, birds, artifacts and oddities. Events through the summer include children’s programs, as well as art exhibits and live animal shows. Directions

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (Holderness)
Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about our natural world. we are the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited institution in northern New England. Directions

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