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Currier Museum of Art

201 Myrtle Way
Manchester, New Hampshire

Phone: 603 669 6144 --

Statement of Purpose:

The Currier brings to its fundamental mission exceptional holdings of art and architecture, primarily American and European.  The museum is dedicated to high standards of exhibition, preservation, research, interpretation and
enhancement of this collection.  Cultural and educational programs of high quality and often national significance are offered.

The Currier is determined to serve all age groups and a culturally varied audience from New Hampshire and the surrounding region.  The museum aims to be a leader in developing innovative learning experiences that increase
people's understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts and humanities. 

Highlights & Collections:

The Zimmerman House
Bequeathed to The Currier Gallery of Art, the Zimmerman House was designed in 1950 by renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. One of only five Wright-designed buildings in the Northeast and the only Wright home in New England open to the public, the Zimmerman House epitomizes the architect's
vision of form in harmony with landscape. The house contains furniture, textiles and gardens designed by Wright.


The Collections and Exhibitions
The Currier's permanent collection contains nearly 12,000 works of art from the 13th through 20th centuries, from American fine and decorative arts to
European masterpieces and contemporary art. The collection includes celebrated paintings and sculpture by such European masters as
Giovanni-Battista Tiepolo, John Constable, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso as well as such American artists as John
Singer Sargent. Featured in the decorative arts collection are superb examples of furniture, silver, pewter, textiles, and glass.


Jan Miense Molenaer, Dutch, 1609/10 - 1668,
Cardplayers, about 1635, oil on panel

Highlights & Collections:

The Currier is an intimate and internationally renowned art museum featuring European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture.
The permanent collection includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, O'Keeffe, Calder and Wyeth. A lively schedule of exhibitions has recently included the photographs of Linda McCartney and the paintings of Maxfield Parrish.

The Currier Gallery of Art also owns the Zimmerman House, designed in 1950 by Frank Lloyd Wright and meticulously preserved and restored, complete with the original furnishings and the owners' fine art collection.

Reservations are required for Zimmerman House tours, which depart from the museum. The museum has a gift shop, a cafe and a children's room. Annually, the Currier produces four to five "Family Days" which include activities and programs for all ages, and are often designed to enhance the special exhibitions on view at that time (for example, a recent exhibition of prints by John James Audubon produced a Family Day at which a naturalist introduced children to live birds).

The Currier is especially well known for its substantial holdings in American art. John Singer Sargent, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edmund Tarbell and Augustus Saint-Gaudens are a few of the major American artists represented in the Currier's collection. The Currier also has an important collection of early American decorative arts.

Major Research Fields:

An extraordinary library donation has recently given the Currier and its visitors one of the most important resources for the study of photography in northern New England.

The Currier's Art Reference Library received a magnanimous donation of 1,200 photography books from Joan Doty in memory of her husband, Robert McIntyre Doty. "Mac," the director of the Currier from 1977 to 1987, was instrumental in building the Currier's photography collection, continuing a legacy of internationally recognized contributions to the history of photography begun when he was curator for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the George Eastman House.

Doty's pioneering scholarship, as evidenced in such publications as Photography in America (1974) and The Photo-secession (1960), lends a personal view to the photographers and historians that shaped the history of photography. This book collection contains some of the earliest publications by master photographers such as Walker Evans,  Ansel Adams,  Edward Weston and Weegee. The collection includes many well-known and rare publications, such as: Alvin Langdon Coburn's Men of Mark II and Moor Park;  the infamous first edition of Robert Frank's Les Americains, published in Paris; Cartier-Bresson's Decisive Moment; and Robert Doisneau's Paris. The Doty library is particularly rich in examples of artists who took photography to new heights, like Minor White, Aaron Siskind, Duane Michaels and Lucas Samaras.Doty's book collection is enhanced by his lecture notes and manuscripts from many exhibitions on the history of photography.


Permanent Exhibits:

Selections from the permanent collection are always on view. The permanent collection also includes over 500 recently donated art works from Edwin and Mary Scheier, major figures in the American studio potter movement.

Gallery talks, family programs, concerts and other events are regularly scheduled throughout the year, as well as tours of the Zimmerman House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. please call the museum at 603/669-6144 for a schedule of upcoming events.


Calendar of Events:


Admission & Directions:

We are located at 201 Myrtle Way in Manchester, New Hampshire.

View a Map
I-293, take Exit 6-Amoskeag Bridge, bearing right to cross bridge, following signs for US Route 3 and Business District to Elm Street.
At traffic light, cross Elm and go 0.4 miles to Beech St. Turn right onto Beech, the Currier will be 1/2 mile on the left. I-93, take Exit 8-Wellington Road/Bridge Street. Bear right onto Bridge Street and go 1.5 miles to Ash Street (after the second full traffic light). Turn right onto Ash Street. The Currier will be 1/4 mile on your left.

Parking: Ample free on-street parking is available. Parking also at the Kennard House parking lot across from the Currier's North entrance.

ADA Information
The Currier Museum of Art is wheelchair accessible. Special tours for hearing and/or vision impaired are available with advance notice.

Key Personnel:

Susan Strickler, Director


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