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The Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden is open for the season!

(Tour reservations are not accepted except for larger groups. Groups of 10 or more must schedule ahead of time)

If you’re interested in renting the garden for a special event, scheduling group tours or school tours,
please email us at or call (603) 430-7968

Please check our Facebook page for the latest updates.


June 1 – Oct. 15 2024
Every day except Wednesdays 11am to 4pm.  Tours every 45 minutes starting at 11am with the last tour at 3:30pm. Advance reservations or tickets are not necessary/required. We do not have the capacity to take reservations – please just show up!

Please check our Facebook page for updates on early closings or late openings, and for special free admission days.


Adults: $12.00

Seniors (65 +): $10.00

Children (ages 7-12): $8.00

Children 6 and under: FREE

Garden Admission Only: FREE

Garden is open to the public for FREE during open hours


Members of the Friends of the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden receive free admission passes to the house and garden and invitations to special programs.  Shop discounts and discounts on other programs are available to members joining at the Family level or higher.  See Friends page for further details.

Directions & Parking

Driving Directions

Directions to the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden:
From Interstate 95, North or South, take Exit 7, Downtown Portsmouth, Historic Sites. From the South, take a right at the end of the exit ramp, from the North, take a left at the end of the exit ramp. You will be on Market Street. The Moffatt-Ladd House is at 154 Market Street. The most convenient parking is at the Municipal Parking Garage at the corner of High and Hanover streets, just 1/2 block from the Moffatt-Ladd House. Parking rates are $0.75 per hour. On-street parking is $0.75 per hour. The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden is site #7 on the map shown below.

Parking in Portsmouth

Parking is available on-street or in the High Hanover Garage just one block from the Moffatt-Ladd House, and in the new Foundry Place Garage which is four blocks away. Handicapped parking is available on advanced request–please call the office at (603) 430-7968 during the week to make arrangements.

Helpful parking links:

On-street parking is difficult in the Summer, but more available in the Fall.  Meters across from the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden are three-hour meters.  Meters are in operation from 9AM-8PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 noon to 8PM on Sunday.  Most metered spaces are controlled by muni-meters spaced along the street.  The muni-meters take change, bills, and credit cards.  They dispense tickets noting the expiration time of your parking which must be displayed on the dashboard of your car.


Bus Parking

After dropping off guests at the entrance to the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, buses may park in the Connect Community Church Parking Lot at 200 Chase Drive, just off Market Street, near the exit/entrance to I-95.  See for map showing all Portsmouth municipal lots. 


Office Phone: (603) 430-7968

Erica McAvoy, Executive Director

Maddie Beihl, Education and Interpretation Manager

Mikaela Reisman, Development and Outreach Manager

Group Tours

If you are interested in scheduling a group or school tour, please contact us at  Group tours (groups of 10 or more) are available from April through mid-November by appointment only.

The Museum Office

To reach the office, please contact us at (603) 430-7968.
If you are interested in renting our facilities for an event (June through Oct.), please contact Mikaela Reisman at
If you are interested in scheduling a group or school tour, please contact us at Maddie Beihl at  Group tours (groups of 10 or more) are available from April through mid-November by appointment only.
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The Shop

While you are here, please plan to visit the Moffatt-Ladd House gift shop. We have heirloom plants for sale throughout the season from our extensive garden, as well as seedlings from the Whipple Horsechestnut tree, dubbed “The Tree of Independence” by Famous and Historic Trees.

We also have a variety of Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden merchandise including mugs, china coasters, Cat’s Meow houses and ornaments, linen towels, and tote bags.

The Moffatt-Ladd House: From Mansion to Museum ($15) tells the story of the history of the house and its restoration and includes more detailed catalog entries on twenty-five objects from the museum’s collection. Alexander H. Ladd’s Garden Book, 1888-1895: A 19th Century View of Portsmouth ($20) includes a full transcription of Ladd’s diary as well as period photographs and essays on the garden’s history.  Both are available by mail for an additional charge.

The shop also carries a variety of related books and gifts for both adults and children.

Related Websites

Portsmouth, NH, is a great destination for lovers of history, nature, fine dining, kayaking, bicycling, and fine arts and contemporary crafts galleries.  Two tour boat companies offering harbor and river cruises operate from the wharves just below the Moffatt-Ladd House.  Portsmouth, in tax-free New Hampshire, is also a great place to shop.

The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden is a member of Portsmouth Historic House Associates, is a site on Portsmouth’s Black Heritage Trail and Harbor Trail, and is a member of the NH Heritage Museum Trail.

New this season! Moffatt-Ladd is now a member of North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM), which means that members at the NARM level and above have free admission and even more benefits at all NARM museums!

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