Arts & Museums
Langer Place stands by the banks of the Merrimack River and is a hub for artists, photographers, designers and other creative intellectuals. Established in 1901, Langer Place is located within the historic Amoskeag mill complex. Today, it houses multiple art galleries, design and photography studios, a fine art school, a library showroom, and stylish event spaces, including the prestigious Majestic Theater. Langer Place beautifully blends history with art and culture. Visit website for more details.
An art gallery placed right in the middle of quaint Manchester, for all art lovers around around. Make sure to drop by here if you're keen to learn a little something about Manchester's art knowledge and the way their artists perceive life. And if you're not an art person then don't worry, this place might just make you appreciate a little bit about what colors can do to your life. Call for more details if you're interested to learn a little bit about art and don't forget to pick up a little something as a souvenir of your artistic journey.
East Colony Fine Art was opened as a joint effort between many different artists, giving them a place to showcase their work which had been shown all over New England. The works shown at the gallery are of all different kinds of mediums, from oils to watercolors to photography. And if you are looking for some art to hang on your own walls, the 2400 square foot (223 square meters) gallery will likely have something to catch your eye. And no need to go elsewhere for a frame, there is a custom framing shop on location so your art will be hangable before you leave the gallery.
Tucked away in what once used to be a mill building, the Hatfield Gallery is home to art and picture framing. The gallery hosts exhibits by local artists like Sally Newman and Dale Bogaski and even has artwork on sale. They specialize in picture restoration and framing, something that is taken quite seriously by the gallery owner Diane Boucher. The gallery has undertaken the task of collecting photographs of Manchester, with all its landmarks and chronicles the changes the city's landscape has seen over the years. The collection is ever-growing, with new additions being made almost every day.
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.
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.
Located in the hallway outside the Millyard Museum, and located in the same building as SEE Science Center, the Scenic and Cultural Byway Visitor Center is a free and interesting display detailing the area's rich history. Large photos depict life for the families and workers of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. Objects, such as shuttles, fabrics, and thread can be seed as well as a quotes by workers, managers, and even Abraham Licoln himself. Through this Center, it is easy to get a sense of what life was like a hundred years ago to better understand the values and principles upon which the town of Manchester was founded.
A museum which details the history of the area in which Manchester was formed, the museum tells the story all way back to the origins of human civilization in the area 11,000 years ago. Then visitors are taken on a ride through time focusing on the years when Manchester with the Amoskeag Millyard were a industrial force to be reckoned with. Exhibits continue all the way up to the present day with Manchester as a great place for people to move to, live, and work. Artifacts on display make the past seem more real, and there are a number of exhibits to peak the interest of children. A way to understand Manchester's past.
How often do children sit in a science classroom, bored by what their teachers are explaining? Much too often! This will never happen at the SEE Science Center where exhibits, demonstrations, and displays help children and adults understand the world around us. Robots, gyroscopes, lights, electricity - all can be experienced at the Center. One of the most popular exhibits combines history with science and fun. The largest permanent LEGO minifigure structure in the entire world resides in the SEE Science Center. It depicts the Amoskeag Millyard at the height of its power as the largest producer of textiles in the world. The scale, 55:1 matches the scale of the LEGO people to make the exhibit as accurate as possible.
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.
Children love coming to this museum where they get to do all the fun things that they always wish for. The main permanent exhibit is on what they call the "Main Street" of the museum. They have recreated a city, complete with a market, bakery and a fire station. Kids can pretend to be a grocer, a baker and simply be whoever they want to be. There are several other exhibits for kids of all ages, right from those for babies who are just learning to crawl, up to toddlers and teenagers who are curious to learn more about how things work. The museum staff is always at work, making new additions to the exhibits to keep up with the changing times. They also organize parties, camps, art classes and other fun programs for kids.
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.