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New Hampshire - Cultural Destinations

New Hampshire - Cultural Destinations

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The Currier Museum of Art (Manchester)
This Museum is an internationally renowned museum featuring European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture and includes works by Picasso, Monet, O'Keefe and Wyeth, with exhibitions, tours and performances year-round. The museum owns Frank Lloyd Wright's' Zimmerman House and offers tours (reservations required).

The museum is located at 201 Myrtle Way in Manchester and is wheelchair accessible. Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Free to all on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Museum of New Hampshire History (Concord)
Interactive exhibits tell the story of people and places of New Hampshire's past, from its earliest Native American inhabitants. Listen to a Native American storyteller, venture up a recreated fire tower, inspect one of the nation's best examples of the famous Concord coach. Admission. Museum store. Open year-round.

Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum (Warner)
Devoted exclusively to Native American artifacts and lifeways. "Museum with a Voice" trained tour guide leads visitors across America on a remarkable journey of culture and perseverance. Open daily May through October. Weekends only November through mid-December. Adults $8.50, children $6.50.

Canterbury Shaker Village
The Canterbury Shaker Village is a 400-acre village depicting the "simple gifts" of Shaker life in New Hampshire. Organic flower, herb and vegetable gardens are of special note, as is Canterbury Shaker Table Restaurant.

The Hood Museum at Dartmouth College (Hanover)
Recognized by the American Association of Museums as "a national model," the Hood Museum of Art is one of the oldest and largest college museums in the country, housing an outstanding collection of European, American, Middle Eastern, African and Asian works of art and artifacts and presenting a lively and diverse schedule of exhibitions and educational programs.

The Remick Museum and Farm (Tamworth)
This cultural destination sustains a rural lifestyle by showcasing its history. The Museum and its special events—open to the public at no charge—interpret 200 years of New Hampshire agricultural, domestic history and seasonal farming practices, from haying to ice harvesting.

The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum (Weirs section of Laconia)
The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum lets visitors explore the history and heritage of the Lake year-round. Created by the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society, the property is itself an historic landmark, situated in a renovated 1930 building that once was the second cabin colony to be built in Laconia, the museum and the surrounding cabins represent an evolution in hospitality that changed the way Americans spent their summer vacations. View artifacts recovered from the bottom of the lake, such as the front davit from the old Mount Washington Steamer (which burned and sank to the bottom of the lake in 1939), summer boys' and girls' camp memorabilia, authentic local Native American arrowheads, steamboat era artifacts and historical maps. The "Tour the Lake" exhibit provides an historical photographic tour of the various ports-of-call. Open all year, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free.

Historic New England
Presented by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions. Historic New England operates four houses in Portsmouth and Exeter:

  • Jackson House, the oldest surviving wood frame house in New Hampshire, located at 76 Northwest Street, Portsmouth.
  • The Governor Langdon House at 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, once home to John Langdon, a signer of the U.S. Constitution and three-term Governor of New Hampshire.
  • Rundlet-May House, a Federal-style mansion on Middle Street in Portsmouth, built by merchant James Rundlet in 1807 and filled with locally-crafted furniture and the latest technologies of the time.
  • Gilman Garrison at 12 Water Street, Exeter, a log fortress built in 1709 and later converted into a tavern, a fine Georgian-style dwelling, and finally a museum that explores the history and architecture of the building.

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