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“The Currier Museum & Zimmerman House”

Currier Museum of Art
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Manchester
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Reviewed 2 January 2010

The Currier Museum is an interesting small regional museum. The newly refurbished building and parking area fill a full city block. Founded by Moody and Hannah Currier it opened in 1929. It now houses a collection of over 13,000 items. The museum presents samples of its collection in a dozen galleries. They have a wonderful collection of glass objects and paperweights. The modern art collection includes works by Matisse, Picasso, Dove and O’Keeffe. The European Collection contains an impressive Flemish tapestry, with works by John Constable, Henry Rueburn, Claude Monet and a collection of Dutch painters. The second floor has a gallery of colonial home furnishings by New Hampshire furniture makers. There are sculptures by many artists throughout the museum with works by Rodin, Calder, Remington, and Augustus Saint Gaudens.

The Currier Museum of Art is a wonderful small museum with an
interesting collection and the Frank Lloyd Wright, Zimmerman House itself is worth the visit. It would be even a better if some of the staff work on their people skills to make visitors feel more welcomed.

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Reviewed 4 September 2009

Though I've lived in New England for many, many years, I visited the Currier Museum of Art only recently--and I'm glad that I did. The collection is small, but quite diverse, with European and American paintings from most periods, including some contemporary works. I especially enjoyed the New Hampshire art and the American decorative art. The furniture, most of it crafted in New England, is magnificent! There are also some beautiful Tiffany pieces.

When I visited, there were two special exhibits. One, "Turning Wood into Art," had beautiful and unusual wooden objects. The signage was quite informative and added to my understanding and enjoyment. This exhibit closes at the end of September 2009, so get there fast if this appeals to you!

We took the public tour of the museum. It focused on highlights in each of the museums collections. Though it was clear that the guide wanted to be helpful and share her enthusiasm, I found her somewhat off-putting in tone and approach to discussing the pieces. I don't want to discourage others from taking the tour--maybe it was just me. However, if other reviewers have similar experiences (and share them), we may have identified a theme that will help future visitors decide how best to spend their time at the museum.

In sum, this is a lovely, small museum. Its size is a plus in my opinion because it's manageable and not overwhelming. Those interested more in local history than art may nonetheless find the museum interesting for its American paintings and decorative art.

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Reviewed 31 July 2009

The Currier Museum of Art is bigger, better, and more diverse.The 33,000 square-foot addition, increases the museum’s footprint to nearly 90,000 square feet. Visitors to the Currier see 2 new works that were selected specifically. Upon arrival, they will be greeted by Origins, a 35-foot high sculpture by Mark di Suvero that stands in the outdoor court. Inside the Winter Garden visitors see a colorful wall drawing commissioned by the Currier from Sol LeWitt to reflect the mosaics from the original 1929 facade. Then there is the collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture.

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Reviewed 3 July 2009

The artwork includes both American and European art. There are paintings, sculptures, and furniture pieces. There are pieces from many time periods. Even someone who isn't into art museums would find some enjoyment.

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Reviewed 18 July 2006

The museum is closed for the next 18 months. Call before you go! Was upset to find the place closed.

Have been before but one warning, the women that works at the Frank Lloyd Wright house is not so friendly and is definately pushy but that is for when they finally reopen.

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curriermuseum, Public Relations Manager at Currier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2014

Hello...while this response comes quite a long time after your post, it goes without saying that we are fully open now and the additions to the Museum are a vast improvement, allowing us to show more special exhibitions and more objects in our permanent collection. We hope you come back to the Currier to see the changes, if you haven't already!

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