Manchester, New Hampshire
The New England Quilt Museum
Showplace for Antique & Contemporary Quilts
18 Shattuck St., Lowell, MA 01852 - Telephone: (978) 452-4207
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays, (May - October 31), Noon to 4 pm.
Admission: $7 adults, $5 seniors & students. Free for Members.
In 2012, the New England Quilt Museum celebrates its Silver Anniversary as the only museum in the northeast devoted solely to the preservation, promotion and celebration of this uniquely American art form. From a gleam in the eye of a very enthusiastic and dedicated group of Founding Mothers, the museum has grown to become a landmark in the heart of the country’s historic textile producing region.
The New England Quilt Museum is the only institution in the region devoted solely to the study, preservation and promotion of antique and contemporary quilts. More than 250 quilts in the Permanent Collection chronicle the development of quiltmaking in America. The Museum also offers 4-5 exciting special exhibits per year showcasing the very best in contemporary and antique quilts. Through education and outreach, the Museum seeks to expand knowledge of this uniquely American art form. We also have an extensive lending library and a gift shop featuring unique items for the quilter and non-quilter alike. The New England Quilt Museum is situated in the heart of lovely & historic downtown Lowell, home of America’s textile industry, featuring dozens of shops, parks, restaurants and museums.
Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, NH 03224 - Telephone: (603) 783-9511
Open daily, 10 am to 5 pm. Adults - $17, Youth (6 - 17) - $8.
Take a step back in time and visit Canterbury Shaker Village. Founded to preserve the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers, the Village is an internationally known, non-profit museum and historic site with 25 original Shaker buildings, 3 reconstructed Shaker buildings and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. Designated a National Historic Landmark for its architectural integrity and significance, Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers and to providing a place for learning, reflection and renewal of the human spirit. Visitors learn about the life, ideals, values and legacy of the Canterbury Shakers through tours, programs and exhibits.
The Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104 / Telephone: (603) 669-6144
Open daily 11am-5 pm, closed Tuesdays. Admission: Adult $10, Senior $9, Student $8, Children under 18 free.
The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Currier features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Wyeth, and LeWitt with exhibitions, tours, and programs year-round. The museum also offers tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House — reservations required (see below).
Frank Lloyd Wright Zimmerman House
150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104
Telephone: (603) 669-6144
Reservations are required; call 603-669-6144. Admission: $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $16 for students, and $8 for children ages 7 and up. Prices include general admission to the Currier Museum of Art.
The Zimmerman House is the only Wright-designed building in New England that is open to the public. Due to the intimate nature of this home and its setting in a residential neighborhood, access to the house and its grounds are available by guided tour only. Reservations are required for all tours, and we recommend purchasing tickets well in advance. All Zimmerman House tours begin at the Currier Museum of Art and visitors are transported to and from the house by van. Children under the age of 7 are not permitted.
The Isadore J. and Lucille Zimmerman House (1950) was designed by one of the world’s greatest modern architects, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). Wright designed the house, the interiors, all the furniture, the gardens, and even the mailbox. In 1979 the building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1990 the house and grounds were opened so that visitors could enjoy glimpses of a private world from the 1950s and 1960s, including the Zimmermans’ personal collection of modern art, pottery, and sculpture. Many people believe that the Zimmerman House is a total work of art.
Millyard Museum - Manchester Historic Association
200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101
Telephone (603) 622-7531
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. Adults - $6, Seniors and College Students - $5, Children 6-18 - $2, under 6 - Free.
The Museum features the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. The story starts with the native peoples who fished at Amoskeag Falls 11,000 years ago. It continues with displays on the area’s early farmers and lumbermen, and the beginnings of industry in the area. The exhibit continues with the story of the development of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. This powerful corporation would become the largest textile producing company in the world, employing over 17,000 people, including immigrants from many countries. The company’s vast brick millyard still dominates the cityscape today. The story concludes in the 21st Century, as innovative businesses flourish in the city and new groups of immigrants come to Manchester to start new lives.
For area information visit www.manchestercvb.com.