Strawbery Banke is holding its 3rd annual “Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds” exhibit, showcasing heirloom breeds of babies and their moms. It’s being held under a heated tent on the museum grounds and it’s a family-friendly way to learn more about domestic livestock common in the 17th century.
The presentation is being curated by Peter Cook who coordinates animals for the museum’s NH Fall Festival and breeders from New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts farms who are experts in heritage breeds will be there to answer questions about these animals including why they are preserving these heritage breeds for future generations.
The critters include baby chicks, turkeys, ducklings, orchard pigs (specialists in fall groves) as well as other heritage pig breeds, sheep, very cute drawf goats, angora rabbits and even donkeys! Shown here are the adorable family of goats from Tiny Hill Farm who will be at the exhibit. There will also be hands-on weaving programs and various activities in some of the historic houses that make up Strawbery Banke.
Admission to the exhibit is $10 adults, $5 children and military is free. Additional is as shown only if you participate in one of the following extra offerings:
From Sunday 4/22 through Sunday 4/29 there will be a special optional add-on for children ($25 per child) called “Children’s Breakfast With The Animals” which is led by a heritage breeder and educator. This will be held an hour before the animal tent opens to the public. While geared to ages 4-8, all ages of children are welcome and they will get to meet some baby animals up close and learn about milking, feeding and tending the animals and also will be able to create a fiber craft gift to take home. A breakfast snack is included. (Adult must accompany children (no charge) but sorry, say they… we don’t get the breakfast snack. (Register here).
Another special optional add-on is for adults over 21 ($30 per person) called “Lambs & Drams” which will be held on Thursday 4/26/18 and Friday 4/27/18 from 4:30pm-6pm where you can enjoy beer or wine and appetizers from the Figree Kitchen Café as you meet the animals, accompanied by Peter Cook. This is limited to 24 participants each night (register here).
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street