Discover 300 years of rich history through the stories from six generations at the Warner House.
One remarkable survivor.



xplore room by room the home of one of 18th-century Portsmouth's influential families. Built c.1716 for ambitious immigrant Capt. Archibald Macpheadris, the Warner House is one of the oldest urban brick residences in New England, boasting rich architectural features of early-Georgian style, including old growth-wood paneling and fine moldings. Ascend the center staircase and encounter four unique colonial wall murals, considered the oldest extant wall murals in the country. The murals offer a glimpse into the mind of Macpheadris. 

In 1760, surviving daughter Mary Macpheadris Osborne married Portsmouth merchant Jonathan Warner, and the house experienced extensive renovations to reflect the refined tastes of the Portsmouth elite. Throughout the 19th century, the family descendants (Sherburnes, Penhallows, Whipples) maintained the house, and by the later half of the century, the family used the Warner House as a summer home.  Those later occupants treated the house as a shrine to their ancestors and created a private museum of sorts.  Evelyn Sherburne, affectionately known as "Aunt Evvy," even offered tours of the house to certain known people.  After her death, the Warner House Association saved the house from possible demolition in March of 1932 by raising the necessary funds and purchasing the empty house.  That summer, the newly-formed museum opened to the public. Over the years, much of the family furnishings have returned—including family portraits and handsome, 18th-century, Portsmouth-made furniture.  

Seasonally, the Warner House offers guided tours on a first-come, first-serve basis, no appointment necessary.  Knowledgeable guides will lead you through family-furnished rooms depicting different time periods of occupancy.  A tour typically takes 45 minutes, and the Warner House will tailor the tour based upon your interests.   Please note: if a tour is already in progress, there may be a minimal wait period.  The Warner House reserves the right to limit the number of people for a tour.

Have a large group or organization? The Warner House welcomes tour groups.  Please schedule group tours in advance.  For more information and to arrange your group trip, contact the Warner House directly.



The Warner House is closed for the 2020 season because of the pandemic but we have new things to show you -- outdoors. Learn more.



Adults: $8
Senior/Student/AAA/PHHA Passport: $7
Children (Age 7-12): $4
Children (Under 7):  FREE 
Warner House Members: FREE 
Accredited Museum Employees: FREE
Blue Star Museum, Military Personnel and Families: FREE