We are open!

The museum will close for the season at 2 pm on Wednesday, November 27 and will re-open for tours on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10 am. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Public programs continue in Folsom Tavern year-round.

Please see our Calendar of Events for upcoming programs. 

Courtesy of Chinburg Properties, we are able to offer  Free Admission for active and retired military, veterans and their immediate family members who accompany them.


Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

May – November (closed Thanksgiving Weekend)

Our Library & Archives are open year-round by appointment.

Call (603) 772-2622 to make a reservation or book group tours.


$8 adults, $6 senior, $4 students and children over the age of 6; Free admission for members and kids 6 and under.

Note to Visitors: The Ladd-Gilman House is an almost 300 years old National Historic Landmark.  The building is not easily accessible to those in wheelchairs or using walkers.  There are several small doorways as well as steps leading into  and out of the museum.  Please call (603)772-2622 for more information or any questions you might have about accessibility.  

What to Expect from Your Visit

  • Learn the impact New Hampshire had on the founding of our country and how the leadership of New Hampshire’s men like John Stark, John Sullivan and Enoch Poor influenced events by studying the Museum’s exhibits about the Revolution.
  • Be moved by the patriotic fervor of New Hampshire’s first copy of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Appreciate the bravery of those soldiers striving for American independence (and the origins of recognizing our veterans) by standing just inches away from an original purple heart George Washington awarded during the War. This is one of only a few in the world that exists today!
  • Understand the work of Nicholas Gilman, a Constitutional Convention member who lived in our Ladd-Gilman House, by studying his draft copy of the Constitution, complete with his handwritten notes in the margins.

Our Friends

The American Independence Museum thanks our friends and non-profits for their support of our work. Please visit, and learn from them:

Our Local Friends

Make a day – or a weekend of your visit to the Museum, and do not forget to visit some of our great local downtown area shops, restaurants and Inns who have much to offer you during your stay!  Some of our local friends include: