71 Hall St.
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 226-4100
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Arts & Museums
Belonging to the New Hampshire Historical Society, the Museum of New Hampshire History showcases the lifestyle, history and culture of this city. The museum displays several artifacts and other documents that give you a peek into the local life of the people. Some of their temporary exhibitions like the 'America's Kitchen' are a must watch for all. If you are in the city, begin exploring the city with a visit here, for you will have a complete understanding of the city people then. To know more, check the website.
The New Hampshire Historical Society dates back to 1823. Its building's notable architecture has earned it a place in the National Register of Historic Places. It is New Hampshire's foremost museum and library that preserve the state's historic artifacts and archives.
The Kimball Jenkins Estate is a 4 acre (1.6 hectare) estate with a historic mansion and spectacular gardens. It was the home of the famous local lawyer John Kimball. Today, it conducts premier art workshops and summer camps and hosts major art exhibitions. The gardens are also popular for hosting parties and wedding receptions.
The McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University welcomes the public to its carefully maintained gallery. Fitting all museum standards, the gallery is free at all times and shows art from the local area. During the course of an academic year, the show will change numerous times, so it is worthwhile to continue to return to the gallery again and again to see new art every couple of months. You will surely see something new and innovate at the McIninch Gallery as it features more than traditional paintings as it embraces forms such as installations, landscapes, and non-objective art.
To view this home, you must go through the Currier Museum of Artto schedule a tour. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Zimmerman House in 1950 and his influence is noticeable in all areas of the house. From the exposed brick to the rows of bookshelves and built in furniture, this is a fine example of Wright's work. Don't forget to take a peek at the mailbox, Wright even designed that too!
With so much beautiful scenery around, it is no wonder that the local artists of the Manchester area paint, create, and photograph so many beautiful things. The Manchester Artist Association Gallery provides access to the works of talented artists in the area at no cost to the visitor. Local artists must submit their work, pay a small fee, and volunteer for a specific number of hours in order to have their work shown. Exhibits in the 1000 square foot (93 square meters) change bi-monthly.
Housed in a restored building, Art3 Gallery has created a niche in the world of tailored framing and corporate art services. A vast variety of artworks in oil, watercolors, pastels and collage, posters, prints, lithographs and sculptures attracts art lovers and businessmen who pick their favorites for private collections or to decorate empty office walls. And if you wish, artists will visit your home or office and work with your interior decorator to choose the right painting or art work for your walls. Visit the gallery to talk to the experts or just pick an art work at one of the exhibitions.
Take some time off to absorb some spectacular European and American art. The Currier Museum of Art presents a fine collection of paintings, photographs as well as sculptures. It is however most known for its Impressionist paintings, which feature the works of greats such as Picasso, Monet and O'Keeffe. There is also a good collection of glass paperweights, which includes some priceless French glass pieces. Exhibitions, tours, and concerts are organized through the year for the true enthusiasts. Don't forget to pick up a unique souvenir from the gift store on your way out. The Museum remains closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, except for the first Thursday of the month.
America's Credit Union Museum commemorates the first credit union in America, one started right here in Manchester, New Hampshire. But the museum does not cover such a limited scope - instead it details the history of credit unions from its beginnings in Europe, to its role in the United States since 1908. The role of the credit union during the Great Depression is explored, and visitors will see a human side to the story of the credit union.
As the only accredited college offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in the state of New Hampshire, all the most talented and dedicated artists looking to learn congregate at the New Hampshire Institute of Arts (NHIA). Art is a constant in all the buildings for NHIA and there are galleries in the Main Building, Amherst Street Gallery, and Fuller Hall. All the galleries allow entry free of charge.
The Studio of Photographic Arts (SOPHA) in Manchester is a photographer's paradise. The intricate art of capturing a moment, and conveying a world of emotions through just a 'click' is what you learn at SOPHA. The center nourishes budding talent in the field of photography, with regular internships, studio programs and other interactive sessions. There are gallery spaces at SOPHA, where photographic displays and exhibitions are held regularly. Visit website for more details.
The New Hampshire Institute of Arts (NHIA) owns a gallery on Amherst Street in which it displays some of the finest work to come out of the college. At various times throughout the year, you may find photography, painting, or sculptural exhibits. Of particular note is the Faculty Exhibition in which faculty from the college display their pieces. Exhibits are not permanent, so make sure you check back often for the newest works.