Mission: To inspire an understanding of, and appreciation for the boating heritage of the fresh waterways of New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Boat Museum is much more than a museum. We are an experiential museum that focuses on learning through doing by offering a plethora of hands-on programs and events.
The Museum was founded in 1992 by a group of antique and classic boating enthusiasts who wanted to ensure that the history of wooden boats and the boating heritage on New Hampshire’s fresh waterways was preserved. Originally the Museum was called the “New Hampshire Antique and Classic Boat Museum”, but the name was updated some years later to better reflect the Museum’s mission. After moving around Lake Winnipesaukee for a few years, in 2000 NHBM found a permanent home in Wolfeboro in the former Allen “A” Resort theater and dance hall. The Allen “A” hall, a large Quonset hut style building built in the late 1940s cannot be missed traveling on Route 28 into town.
Today, visitors can enjoy seeing a variety of boats on display within the Museum. The main exhibit changes annually. Visitors can also experience the thrill of riding in a vintage boat in NHBM’s very own 1920s replica Hacker Craft, the Millie B. Museum program highlights include boat building classes for adults, families, and youth; community sailing for youth and adults; a week long summer camp program for elementary-age children; a lecture series; boat restoration; model yachting and model yacht building. NHBM is also home to the New England Vintage Boat and Car Auction, the Museum’s number one fundraising event of the season, and the Boathouse Tour, a premiere event since its inception 2006. 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.