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Moultonborough Building Renovation Progress –  Photo Gallery 

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A Museum on the Move

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is EXPANDING! In early spring of 2022 the Museum purchased a 24,000 square foot building at 130 Whittier Highway (Route 25) in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Less than a mile to Center Harbor’s town docks on Lake Winnipesaukee to the west, Squam Lake to the north, and Lake Kanasatka to the east, the new museum location is ideally situated in the heart of the Lakes Region.

This new second campus is part of NHBM’s Campaign for the Future, which has always included an expanded location in addition to our existing, Center Street property in Wolfeboro.  The Moultonborough site is a year-round building with climate control, multi-use educational and program space, and where we will create interactive exhibits featuring the Museum’s collection of boats, motors, and boating ephemera. A generous gift from Tim and Rebeca Ciasulli in 2021 helped the campaign leap forward. We’re so grateful for their support and enthusiasm for the Museum’s Campaign for the Future, and for all of the support NHBM has received from many donors during this multi-year campaign.

Making Headway

NHBM hired Conneston Construction, Inc (CCI), Stewart Architects and their teams to plan and oversee the renovation project which commenced on October 4, 2022.  The project will be renovated in two phases. (Read about our project in CCI’s recent newsletter – page 6)

Phase 1: Boat Collection Display

When Phase 1 is complete NHBM’s collection of boats and boating memorabilia will be on display in the lower floor on a grand scale for the first time ever. Phase I includes the necessary life safety (sprinkler system, security) and ADA upgrades (elevator, new stairway) throughout the building, roof replacement, exterior repairs, and electrical and lighting upgrades. The collections storage room, utilities area, and restrooms will also be complete. The cost of Phase I is $2.2 million and we anticipate completion by Fall 2023.

Phase 2: Upper Floor Exhibits

Phase 2 will feature interactive exhibits on the upper floor. We are working with Museum Design Associates and engaging NHBM members, donors, stakeholders, and surrounding communities to understand how NHBM can plan exhibits that meet our mission to “To inspire an enduring connection, stewardship, and appreciation of the boating heritage of New Hampshire’s fresh waterways through compelling exhibits, experiences, and educational programs.” Phase 2 will also feature completion of a multi-use educational/meeting room, office spaces, gift shop, adding interesting exterior features to the building, and parking lot and landscaping upgrades. The Phase 2 budget and timeline are under development in line with the ongoing exhibit planning.

 

Thank you to all of our donors who have given so generously to the campaign. 

Thank you to our corporate donors:

People’s United Bank

Wolfeboro Inn

While our founding was based on the preservation, restoration and love of vintage wood boats, the reality is we have become much, much more.

The Moultonborough facility will be a museum of discovery, education, and fun where visitors, young and old, can actively engage in learning about New Hampshire’s boating, lake history and ecology.

90% of what we do is about education • 100% of what we do is about our lakes.

The Moultonborough facility will serve as a key educational and economic engine for the area, proudly displaying the region’s unique wooden boat history while attracting more visitors, students and families through expanded exhibits and hands-on program offerings in an impressive new facility.

 


We SAIL boats.

We CARE for lakes.
We  MAKE memories.
We BOAT from the docks.
We BUILD boats.

We PRESERVE our boating heritage.

 

 

The Museum is now CLOSED for the winter. Thank you for a great season!  See you in spring 2023. 

The Museum is now CLOSED for the winter. Thank you for a great season!  See you in spring 2023.