Museums and Culture

Plenty to learn about in the Granite State

Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash St, Manchester
Almost celebrating one hundred years of enriching the community with art, the Currier packs quite a punch for a small museum.  Carefully designed building highlighting European and American art from the 1500s forward.  From Picasso to O'Keeffe to Matisse, the collection has a little of everything. The fact that it is the only museum in the world to own 2 Frank Lloyd Wright houses is icing on the cake.  Both its Sunday brunch series and Thursday's Art After Work feature live music, food and cocktails, and of course, great art.

Millyard Museum
200 Bedford St, Manchester
Learn about Manchester's rich history as a company town that became the largest textile mill in the world. Set in one of the original Amoskeag Manufacturing buildings, a mix of permanent and temporary exhibits delve into the days when flowing water powered the world.

See Science Center
200 Bedford St, Manchester
With tons of fun, hands-on exhibits, your kids will never know they are learning science.  Also home to the LEGO Millyard Project, which is a scale model of the mills from the early 1900s comprised of 3 million bricks and is a Guinness record holder.  On Saturdays, there is a combined entry to both the Millyard Museum and See Science.

Aviation Museum of New Hampshire
27 Navigator Rd, Londonderry
Set in an art deco building that served as Manchester Airport's terminal from 1937 to 1995, the focus here is on the Granite State's history in aviation.  Interesting exhibits, excellent outreach programs, and the fact that it sits 100 yards off MHT's main runway means it is a must visit for aviation buffs.  The youth summer camp program features heavy hands-on aviation experiences that can awaken the STEM interest in any kid.

Crumpacker Gallery
32 Library Rd, Concord
Set on the campus of St. Paul's School, the gallery hosts four major shows a year with up-and-coming and well known artists.  The permanent collection hosts a range of works donated to the school over the past 100-plus years.  Student shows are held annually as well.  

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive, Concord
Set on the Campus of NHTI, the discovery center offers interactive exhibits featuring space, engineering, and science.  The full dome planetarium lets the center offer stunning tours of the stars, which it pairs with educational engagements.  The first Friday of every month offers a special planetarium show, guest speakers, and observing the sky with their commercial telescope.

Zimmerman House
150 Ash St, Manchester
One of two Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Manchester, it is a classic Usonian design and has been owned by the Currier Museum since 1988. Open to the public via tours from the Currier, it is an easy entry to the world of the most famous architect.  

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The Currier's Art After Work series offers free exhibition tours and gallery admission every Thursday evening.