Currier Museum of Art

The Currier Museum of Art is located in the state’s largest city of Manchester, not far north of the Massachusetts border and just south of Concord. It is an internationally-respected art museum featuring an extensive collection of approximately 13,000 European and American paintings, photographs, decorative arts, and sculptures. Here you can view masterpieces by artists as diverse as O’Keeffe and Monet, Picasso and Wyeth. You will be able to find an art museum in New Hampshire in many small communities spread throughout the state, especially those that are resorts areas and boast resident artists and artisans. But, this particular New Hampshire art museum has no peer north of Boston.

In addition to the incredibly rich collections of American and European paintings, this art museum in New Hampshire has more than 330 extraordinary glass paperweights and a fascinating group of photographs. The decorative arts collection includes pieces of furniture, silver, and ceramics that span 300 years of New England history. The European collection also includes a huge, breathtaking Franco Flemish tapestry dating from 1505, paintings of Dutch Masters from the Renaissance, and a small, but important, collection of French Impressionists paintings.

In addition to its fine art collection, the Currier Museum of Art also boasts the only Frank Lloyd Wright home open to the public in all of New England. The Zimmerman House was built in 1950, and donated to this New Hampshire art museum in 1988. It is open for tours to admire not only the home and its original furnishings, but also the Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman private collection of modern art, pottery, and sculpture. If you want to tour this treasure during your New Hampshire vacations, remember that advance reservations are required.

There is also a Currier Museum of Art Center, an educational facility that has been serving the region since 1939. Its workshops and programs include art classes for children as young as three years old, and it offers full and partial scholarships. There are also educational programs for adults. Numerous events and programs occur here year round. The art museum in New Hampshire also boasts a number of recurring exhibitions showcasing various bequests. These range from ceramics collections to book collections.

In addition to the New Hampshire art museum the city of Manchester has a number of other attractions for visitors to enjoy. Since most visitors drive into the state north from Boston, the city is perfectly located on Route 93, the main north-south highway in the state. You’ll find a number of Manchester hotels, camping sites, and other places to stay when you stop here on your way north or south. Nearby attractions include the Amoskeag Fishways Center, chronicling the abundant fishing available in New Hampshire, a fascinating Science Center, and several golfing resorts. Not far to the east are the enticing beaches of the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Continue north, and you’ll enter the Lakes Region and the beautiful White Mountains.

The Currier Museum of Art has both a gift shop and a dining venue. Group tours are available, and groups larger than twenty people should check for availability. Photography without a flash is allowed in all areas of the museum.

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