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Taking the mystery out of accessibility in historic Portsmouth, NH

 

 

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CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

3S Artspace
319 Vaughn Street, Portsmouth
Performance venue, Gallery, Restaurant

  • Entry: Very good. Gallery and performance space enter on the side of the building.

  • Restrooms: Accessible restrooms.

  • Interior access: All seating is movable in the performance space. Gallery is entered via a long ramp.

  • Parking: Public parking lot beside building.

  • Comments: The restaurant, Block Six, is reviewed in the restaurant section of Access Portsmouth.

 

African Burying Ground
Chestnut Street between Court and State Streets, Portsmouth
Landmark / local history

  • An evocative public gathering space to acknowledge a more than 300-year old burying ground for African and African-descended people. Opened in 2015, the space is thoughtfully designed with very good surfaces and transitions for accessibility.

 

Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth
Visitors center / local history

  • Entry: There is an accessible entrance in the rear of the building serviced by a long ramp. The power assist button on the exterior door does not function, the interior vestibule doors are on automatic sensors. Staff are happy to provide additional assistance.

  • Restrooms: Accessible restrooms

  • Interior access: There is an elevator beyond the front desk for moving to the upper floor. The elevator door opening is 32”, the interior cab is 42”x60.” Lower and upper level galleries and the special events room are spacious.

  • Parking: Bridge St Lot (2 handicapped spaces), Worth Lot (5 handicapped spaces).

  • Comments: There are renovations planned for 2018 which will upgrade all aspects of accessibility in this building.

 

The Gundalow Company
60 Marcy Street and Prescott Park dock, Portsmouth
Maritime heritage and public sailing aboard a reproduction gundalow barge

  • Entry: The new (2016) Gundalow gangway eliminates all steps for boarding the Piscataqua. The gangway has less grade at high tide.

  • Interior access / on board: The deck is level and spacious. There are plentiful crew members who will assist people using wheelchairs. 

  • Restrooms: There are no accessible restrooms on board.

  • Parking: Memorial Bridge lot (2 handicapped spaces), Prescott Park lot (5 handicapped spaces)

  • Comments: The Gundalow Company office, on Marcy Street, has a step at the entry. However, all ticketing can be done online and a visit to the office is not necessary.

 

The Music Hall Historic Theater
28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth
Performing arts center

  • Entry: Use the left hand pair of entry doors. The box office is inside on the right. During events, there are volunteers in Music Hall vests directly inside the entry ready to assist patrons with any needs. 

  • Restrooms: There is elegant ramping leading to the lobby restrooms. Ladies room is on the left, accessible stall is #9. Family restroom and men’s room are on the right. All are accessible. The family restroom is generously oversized and very accessible. The ladies and mens restrooms are some of the most unusual restrooms in the country, a visit is encouraged.

  • Interior access: There is an elevator from the street level lobby to the orchestra level. A staff member will facilitate. It will hold a person in a wheelchair plus staff member. The elevator doors open automatically at the orchestra level. The elevator does not service the balcony level. There are removable seats in the front row that staff will configure to suit your group. If you choose to transfer to regular seating, staff will store your chair until needed.

  • Parking: Worth Lot (5 handicapped spaces), Bridge St Lot (2 handicapped spaces), Hanover St. Parking Garage (18 handicapped spaces)
     
  • Comments: Music Hall staff members and volunteers are very intuitive and accommodating. If you call ahead, they will be prepared for any special needs you may have; if you do not call in advance, their professional staff still handles accessibility needs with ease. There is a ‘house wheelchair’ available to borrow. There is additional accessibility information on the ‘Box Office Info’ page of the Music Hall website. 

 

The Music Hall Loft
131 Congress Street, Portsmouth
Performing arts and film venue

  • Entry: Good, has power assist doors on both sides of the vestibule.

  • Restrooms: Very good accessible restrooms are on a level below. There is a staff operated elevator, the ushers stand by and are more than happy to assist.

  • Interior access: All seating is movable. The front row(s) are on the same level as the lobby, as are the ticket counter and bar.

  • Parking: Worth Lot (5 handicapped spaces) is directly behind the venue and the Bridge St Lot (2 handicapped spaces) is equally close. There are on-street spaces in nearby Market Square. The Hanover St. Parking Garage (18 handicapped spaces) is also near by.

  • Comments: Very accessible with a staff that is welcoming and accommodating.

 

Players Ring Theatre
105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth
Intimate local theater, original works

  • Entry: The front door has a step. There is a ramped rear door opening directly into the theater space, the ramp has a 1 1/2" lip at the threshold. This rear door is locked with a push bar on the inside, a companion can go through from the front and unlock, or staff is happy to help.

  • Restrooms: Accessible restrooms

  • Interior access: All seating is movable and much of it is on one level. Sitting with a companion is no problem.

  • Parking: Water St beside the building (1 handicapped space) and Water St dead-end by the water (2 handicapped spaces), Memorial Bridge lot (2 handicapped spaces), Prescott Park lot (5 handicapped spaces)

  • Comments: The best way to ensure access is to call ahead. With notice, the staff will have the rear entry open, and seating space ready.

 

Portsmouth Athenaeum / Randall Gallery
9 Market Square, Portsmouth
Library, museum, gallery

  • Entry: The front entry on Market Square has a step. In the rear, off of Ladd Street, there is a glass vestibule with a wooden ramp. The ramp is steep with cross pieces that impede access, but the Athenaeum is aware and working on an upgrade. From this rear vestibule there is access to an elevator.

  • Restrooms: There is an accessible restroom

  • Interior access: The third floor has adequate space to move through and a ramp into the adjacent Randall Gallery

  • Parking: Hanover St. Parking Garage (18 handicapped spaces)
     
  • Comments: It is best to call ahead for assistance as entry can be tricky and the ramped rear vestibule is locked. The staff is happy to help. 603.431.2538  

 

Prescott Park
Marcy Street, Portsmouth
Waterfront park and entertainment venue

  • Entry: There are multiple entry points into the park on State Street and Marcy Street. Sidewalks and curb cuts are good.

  • Parking: Water St at Marcy (1 handicapped space) and Water St dead-end by the water (2 handicapped spaces), Memorial Bridge lot (2 handicapped spaces), Prescott Park lot (5 handicapped spaces)

  • Comments: The park follows the waterfront and has two easy access piers that stretch out over the Piscataqua River. The popular waterfront park features extensive flower gardens, including large demonstration beds where many varieties of flowers are shown each summer. There are both gravel and paved walkways. The park hosts the Prescott Park Arts Festival, which during the summer presents a musical and dozens of performances by musicians and theater groups. 

 

Seacoast Repertory Theatre
125 Bow Street, Portsmouth
Professional regional theater

  • Entry: Good

  • Restrooms: Accessible restrooms

  • Interior access: There is a lift to move from the street-level lobby to the accessible seating on the aisle level in the theater. On stage left there are two accessible spaces with two adjacent companion seats. On stage right there is a row of six folding chairs, removable to accommodate patrons with disabilities and their companions.

  • Parking: Hanover St Parking Garage (18 handicapped spaces), valet parking for a fee on Bow Street at Martingale Wharf.

  • Comments: The theater allows early entry for patrons who need extra time to get to their seat. The accessible seating areas are shown on the theater seating chart, but are not available to purchase online, avoiding accidental purchase by patrons who do not need the access. Purchase by calling the box office at 603.433.4472 or emailing for assistance, tickets@seacoastrep.org.

 

Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth
Living history museum

  • Overview: Strawbery Banke’s ten acre campus includes eight heritage gardens and 32 historic buildings. The museum has an online visitors map with icons designating accessibility.

  • Restrooms: Accessible restrooms, check map for locations.

  • Interior access: Varies, depending on the building. Buildings with limited accessibility are interpreted with photos by the guides.

  • Parking: On-site parking lot

  • Comments: There are wheelchairs available to borrow in the Tyco Visitor’s Center. The museum café, Figtree Kitchen, is reviewed under restaurant listings. Labrie Family Skate at Strawbery Banke, a seasonal ice skating rink, offers ice time for skaters with disabilities with Northeast Passage staff and adaptive skating equipment.

 

West End Studio Theatre
959 Islington Street, Portsmouth
Intimate local theater

  • Entry: There is a small lip to the sidewalk at the front door, it can be avoided by using the ramped sidewalk to the left of the door.

  • Restrooms: Accessible restroom is backstage. Ask staff for assistance.

  • Interior access: There is a long row of movable seating on the entry level. Staff will remove a seat to allow wheelchair access.

  • Parking: On-site parking lot.

  • Comments: Staff is happy to configure seating ahead of time if you give a call and let them know your needs.

 

ART GALLERIES

Coombs Art Gallery
32 Daniel Street, Portsmouth
Art Gallery

  • Entry: Ramped, good.

  • Interior access: Clear, well spaced.

  • Parking: Hanover St Parking Garage (18 handicapped spaces)

 

Kennedy Gallery and Custom Framing
41 Market Street, Portsmouth
Art Gallery and Framing shop

  • Entry: Good.

  • Interior access: Clear, well spaced. Standard height counter.

  • Parking: Hanover St Parking Garage (18 handicapped spaces)

 

Nahcotta
110 Congress Street, Portsmouth
Art Gallery and Boutique Home Goods

  • Entry: Good, good pull side clearance.

  • Interior access: Clear, well spaced. Standard height counter.

  • Parking: Hanover St Parking Garage (18 handicapped spaces)

 

Studio 51 Ceres
51 Ceres Street, Portsmouth
Art Gallery 

  • Entry: Good.

  • Interior access: Clear, well spaced. 

  • Parking: Hanover St Parking Garage (18 handicapped spaces)

 

Todd Bonita Gallery
39 Ceres Street, Portsmouth
Art Gallery

  • Entry: Good.

  • Interior access: Clear, well spaced. 

  • Parking: Hanover St Parking Garage (18 handicapped spaces)

 

Valerie's Gallery
117 Market Street, Portsmouth
Fine American Crafts, Jewelry and Art 

  • Entry: Good, no pull side clearance.

  • Interior access: Clear, well spaced. 

  • Parking: Hanover St Parking Garage (18 handicapped spaces)

 

 

Please Note: Although the information contained in Access Portsmouth was believed to be correct at the time of publication, neither Access Portsmouth, JSA Inc., nor any of its officers, directors, employees or members shall be held responsible or liable for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions nor for information that changes or becomes outdated over time. We advise you to call ahead to confirm the information contained in Access Portsmouth.


Access Portsmouth and JSA Inc. make no endorsement or warranties regarding any facilities, goods or services listed in this guide. The access features reported are not intended to reflect compliance with any local, state or federal laws, regulations or guidelines.

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