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Opening on Tuesday, May 3, the American Independence Museum will celebrate the 2016 season by offering free admission to NH residents on Saturday, May 7.

The event is part of Exeter’s inaugural Kids’ Day, which kicks off at the Exeter Area YMCA where Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated from 9am – 1pm. From noon to 4pm, visitors will also enjoy numerous activities throughout downtown Exeter. These activities will include a mini Touch-a-Truck on Swasey Parkway, a demonstration by the NH State Police Canine Unit, a visit from a 64′ inflatable fin whale (courtesy of Blue Ocean Society), a magician, a juggler, mascots, creatures, crafts and more.

“We are very to be part of this first-time event,” said Museum Executive Director Julie Williams, who noted they will also host a free evening lecture on the origin of historic American songs on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm. “It’s a busy week for us—we look forward to it.”

Comprising the Ladd-Gilman House (c. 1721) and Folsom Tavern (c.1775) on more than one acre of landscaped property, the Museum hosts public and educational programs and lectures, colonial artisan demonstrations, guided tours, and special events. The Museum is also part of the “Experience New Hampshire Heritage: The Portsmouth to Plymouth Museum Trail.”

To learn more about The Trail, visit