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Folsom Tavern & Grounds Tours
Tour Details

Join the American Independence Museum for a new and exciting tour experience! Join one of our docent for an hour-long tour of the museum grounds and Folsom Tavern. The museum grounds once housed 5 unique buildings during the Revolutionary era, all of which are now gone. Hear about their occupants and life in revolutionary state capital of Exeter. You will also hear about the Tavern's nearly 250 year history. Your outdoor tour will last approximately 30 minutes and then you will explore the Tavern on a self-guided tour. 

These tours are offered every Thursday and Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm through November 21. Tour dates for the following month will be posted on 15th of each month. Registration closes at 4 pm the day prior to the tour date. Please select your preferred tour date and time from the options below.  

*The 2 pm tour on Saturday October 3, 10 and 17 have been moved to 1 pm to accommodate the museum's public program schedule.*

Interested in arranging a private tour for your group or classroom? Email us at info@independencemuseum.org! 

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Tour Policies

Before Your Visit

  • If you feel sick, have had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or exposure to someone with COVID-19, please do not visit. We will gladly refund your money or move your reservation to a later date. We also invite you to explore our virtual tour offerings
  • Per the New Hampshire CDC, the two week self-quarantine has been lifted for those traveling to New Hampshire from surrounding New England States (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island). Those traveling to New Hampshire from non-New England states for an extended period of time are still asked to self-quarantine for a two-week period.
  • Pre-registration is required for all tours. No on-site registrations will be permitted. Registration closes at 4 pm the day prior to the tour date. 
  • Tours are weather dependent and will be cancelled in the event of rain. You will be notified via e-mail with the opportunity to move to another tour date or to receive a refund.
  • The second floor of the Folsom Tavern is only accessible by stairs. The museum does have a mobile ramp that can be used to provide access to the first floor of the museum. If you require this access, or have any questions about accessibility, please contact us at info@independencemuseum.org or 603-772-2622 in advance.

During Your Visit

  • Masks are required at all times for the safety of our staff, volunteers and other visitors. Please bring your own mask; the museum has a limited supply for guests. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, you will not be permitted on our property. We invite you to explore our virtual tour offerings.
  • The Town of Exeter has imposed a Mask Ordinance requiring those who visit downtown to wear a mask while outside where social distancing cannot be achieved. For more information, please review the Mask Ordinance and Map.
  • No public bathrooms available on site.

Keeping You Safe

  • All tours are limited to 6 people. 
  • Please practice safe social distancing when inside the historic Folsom Tavern and do not touch any of the historic surfaces. 
  • The museum sanitizes common surfaces (door handles, railings, etc.) between tours. 
  • Please follow all posted signage and instructions from staff and volunteers to promote the safety and well-being of all who visit our museum.
  • Your advance registration allows us to participate in contact tracing. We will notify you if we learn that anyone during your tour informs us of a confirmed or possible COVID-19 exposure. We ask that you contact us if you learn you may have been exposed to COVID-19 prior to your visit.