Mission: To inspire an understanding of, and appreciation for the boating heritage of the fresh waterways of New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM) is much more than a museum. We are an experiential center that focuses on learning through doing by offering a plethora of hands-on programs and events.
NHBM was founded in 1992 by a group of antique and classic boating enthusiasts who wanted preserve and share the boating heritage on New Hampshire’s fresh waterways. Originally the Museum was called the “New Hampshire Antique and Classic Boat Museum” and then modified in order to better reflect the Museum’s mission. After moving around Lake Winnipesaukee for a few years, in 2000 NHBM found its home for the past 22 years in Wolfeboro in the former Allen “A” Resort theater and dance hall. The Allen “A” hall, a large, barrel-round roofed building built in 1954 cannot be missed on Route 28 north on the edge of town.
Today, visitors can enjoy seeing a variety of boats, motors, and boating ephemera on display within the Museum, along with hands-on activities for children and families. Visitors can also experience the thrill of riding in a replica vintage boat in NHBM’s very own 1928-style Hacker Craft mahogany triple cockpit, the Millie B. NHBM offers core educational programs that include boat building classes for adults, families, and youth; community sailing for youth and adults in partnership with Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation; model yachting with the Back Bay Skippers and model yacht kit building classes (remote-controlled model sailboats); Lake Discovery Family Days for elementary-age children; and a virtual lecture series. The Museum also hosts the annual Alton Bay Boat show and the biennial Vintage Race Boat Regatta, plus the annual New England Vintage Boat & Car Auction, the Museum’s major fundraising event. Each program and event offers an enjoyable opportunity to understand more and garner an appreciation for our boating heritage and the unique role New Hampshire’s lakes play in people’s lives down through the ages.
The New Hampshire Boat Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.