Discover Portsmouth/Portsmouth Historical Society

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The Portsmouth Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the John Paul Jones historic house museum and the Discover Portsmouth visitor center in downtown Portsmouth. The society publishes books, manages the Black Heritage Trail and advocates for historic preservation. We tell Portsmouth stories and our mission is to provide a central city location where, in cooperation with other groups, we can introduce, interpret, and stimulate the study of Portsmouth history.

At Discover Portsmouth you will find our museum shop, exhibition gallery, a 12 minute film on the history of Portsmouth, city maps, and brochures and schedules of art, culture, and history activities around town. We also provide guided historic walking tours every day from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.