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2020 Season

Explore our museum from the comfort and safety of your home! Virtual tours of the Ladd-Gilman House are one hour in length and are led by a docent via Zoom. Tours are $5 per person and available by appointment only. 

To arrange your virtual tour of the American Independence Museum, please contact our Curator Jen at [email protected] 

Our in-person Folsom Tavern & Grounds Tours end on Saturday, November 21. We look forward to welcoming you back in the spring! 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide a safe and educational experience for you!

Note to Visitors: The Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern are almost 300 years old historic buildings. The buildings are not easily accessible to those in wheelchairs or using walkers. To request a ramp for Folsom Tavern access, please notify staff in advance of your arrival.  The Tavern’s second floor is only accessible by stairs and many rooms have narrow doorways. Please call (603) 772-2622  for more information or any questions you might have about on-site accessibility.      

Group Tours

What we offer

Private group tours are available to any group with over 10 attendees. Tours will be led by our trained docent and include a tour of Ladd-Gilman house (60 minutes) and Folsom Tavern (20 minutes). We recommend that you allow a minimum of 90 minutes for your guided tour to provide ample time for guests to gather and travel between both buildings. Group tours may be arranged anytime during our open hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm. Please note that group tours are only offered April – November.

Group Tour Add-Ons

Tavern Lunch

Lunch will be arranged by the Museum and set up in the Folsom Tavern for your convenience. Typical bagged lunch includes sandwich, chips, cookie and a drink. We work with local, professional caterers to arrange your lunch.

Tavern Light Breakfast

Come and eat where George Washington had breakfast! A light breakfast will be arranged by the Museum, set up in the Folsom Tavern for your convenience. Coffee, tea, juice, and an assortment of breakfast pastries will be provided from local Exeter shops.

After Hours Group Tours

Offered either 8-10 am or 4-6 pm, this tour will provide your group with exclusive access to the Museum before or after the building is open to the general public. These tours will focus on the Ladd-Gilman House and will last around 60 minutes – perfect for a quick group outing or part of a corporate activity.

Architecture Tours

Come take our Architecture Tour, a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern!

Learn about the evolution of the buildings, decorative styles, and architectural features that make them unique. Put your thinking cap on while you look for clues around the rooms, closets and attics.

Inside Look

Event Rentals

Rent History!

All event rentals have a two-hour minimum and eight-hour maximum, unless otherwise noted. All events must end by 10 pm. Maximum of 50 guests permitted in Folsom Tavern. The Tavern’s Assembly Room can hold a maximum of 30 seated guests. The Tavern’s Small Meeting Room can accommodate up to 18 seated guests. Due to the historic nature of our building, the Tavern is not handicap accessible.

*Local and small 501c3 rate has a one-hour minimum with a four-hour maximum– may reserve only during Museum open hours or weekday evenings, dependent on Museum schedule.

Event Inquiries


1 Governor’s Lane
Exeter, NH 03833
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Museum Hours

May – November
Tues – Sat : 10am – 4pm
Sun & Mon : Closed

Contact Us

(603) 772-2622
[email protected]


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