Mission: To inspire an enduring connection, stewardship, and appreciation of New Hampshire’s freshwater boating heritage through compelling exhibits, experiences, and educational programs. 

The New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM) isn’t just a static museum—it’s an immersive experience that captivates visitors of all ages. Founded in 1992 by passionate antique and classic boating enthusiasts, NHBM has evolved into an interactive hub for preserving and celebrating New Hampshire’s freshwater boating stories.

In 2022, following a successful capital campaign, NHBM acquired a 24,000 square foot building in Moultonborough to expand operations. This new facility, set to become the Museum’s year-round headquarters beginning in 2024. Currently a “museum in the making”, NHBM plans offer all-season programming in a climate-controlled environment in the next few years, ensuring that families can enjoy educational and entertaining experiences together regardless of the season. The former Allen “A” Resort theater and dance hall—a unique piece of the region’s boating heritage – was the home for NHBM since 2000 and will remain an integral part of the museum as a seasonal campus.

NHBM’s collection boasts over 2,500 objects, including wooden and transition wood-fiberglass motorboats from renowned brands like Chris-Craft, Lyman, and Century. Visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in exhibitions that rotate to showcase the rich history and stories of living and boating on the lakes.

Beyond exhibits, NHBM offers a range of educational programs and events designed to engage families, including boat building classes, community sailing, model yachting, and boating safety courses. The Museum also hosts annual events like the Alton Bay Boat Show and the New England Vintage Boat Auction along with the biennial Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta.

Whether enjoying a wooden boat ride on Lake Winnipesaukee in the Millie B or Miss Lauren, or participating in educational programs, each experience at NHBM fosters a deeper appreciation for New Hampshire’s boating heritage and the role its lakes have played in people’s lives throughout history. Join us in celebrating and preserving this cherished aspect of our cultural heritage while making lasting memories with your family.

 

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Board of Trustees is an all-volunteer board.

New Hampshire has over 900 lakes.

Staff

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Martha Cummings, Executive Director

Wendy Stocker, Development Director

Anne Lennon, Programs & Events Manager

Chip Bierweiler, Boat Excursions Operations Manager

Tom Mechachonis, Boat Building Director

Board of Trustees

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Employment Opportunities: 

Museum Visitor Services Associate (Moultonborough)

Dock Attendant – Miss Lauren vintage boat ride (Laconia)

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The New Hampshire Boat Museum is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our museum.