Join us for our Annual Signature events!

Please click on the title of the event to learn about dates, tickets and more.

May Day/Opening Weekend Celebration at the Museum!

Each year we offer the chance for Exeter residents to be one of the first to see our new exhibits and participate in hands-on learning about the Revolutionary War era. Learn the history of the Revolutionary War thru the lens of the Ladd-Gilman House. Experience the Children’s Exhibit at the Folsom Tavern. Learn more about the new exhibits through guided tours from our graduate interns.

Art en Plein Air

Celebrate the tradition of this outdoor painting style, as we partner with other art associations and groups in an effort to promote art and Exeter itself in this annual full day event.  Enjoy artists painting every corner of downtown Exeter and then visit the Tavern in the afternoon for a public sale, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Museum’s many educational programs.

American Independence Festival

Without any doubt, our premier signature event is our annual American Independence Festival, which welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Featuring historic battle re-enactments, colonial demonstrations, games, children’s activities, cannon firings, crafts, music, food and more, the Festival helps people of all ages experience Revolutionary History today.

Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Step back in time and meet some of Exeter’s famous and infamous former residents.  At the historic Winter Street Cemetery, you will meet historic people from the past, who will tell their stories and also answer questions from the audience.

Tours for Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery will meet at the cemetery (not at the museum!) at the intersection of Winter Street, Front Street (rt. 111) and Railroad Ave.  The tour will begin with a brief introduction, then participants are free to move about the cemetery and hear stories from Exeter’s past residents.  Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather and locale.  Event will take place rain or shine.

Schedule: Tours will take place at 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, and 3:30pm

Cost: $7.00 non-member / $5.00 non-member child / $5.00 member / free member child
Registration: Pre-registration is required.  Please email Abby with any questions.



Click the links below to buy your tickets today!  There is a limit of 18 people per tour time, so sign up early!

Stay tuned! Registration will open soon!


Annual Holiday Celebration at Folsom Tavern

SCULogo_RGBCelebrate the end of our season with a toast at our Annual Holiday Celebration sponsored by Service Credit Union at Folsom Tavern. See what the holiday season was like back in Revolutionary War times and enjoy Colonial Era décor, a silent auction, food and drinks! Listen to the beautiful sounds of carolers or try your hand at handmade Colonial holiday gifts.

We are accepting Toys for Tots this year during our celebration!  Bring a new, unwrapped toy to help bring joy to children around New Hampshire this holiday season.