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The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art institute located in Manchester, New Hampshire. It showcases an exquisite collection of rare art works from around the world, and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
The last will and testament of Moody Currier (d. 1898) provided for the establishment of an art museum in Manchester. Following the death of his wife, Hannah, in 1915, a board of trustees was formed for the building's construction. In 1927, construction work began on the former site of the Curriers' home and was formally opened to the public in October 1929.
In 1982, new pavilions designed by the New York firm Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer, were added to accommodate the museum's growing collections, programs and staff. The museum continues its commitment to art and education, and offers a wide range of programs for audiences of all ages.
The Currier's collections include European and American art from the Renaissance to the present, including painting, furniture, silver, glass, and textiles. It also features decorative arts, photographs, and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O'Keeffe and Wyeth.
Other museum facilities include a gift shop, a cafe, and a children's room. The museum also offers memberships.
The Currier Art Center in the museum conducts studio art classes and workshops, a chance for those wishing to explore their artistic side. Watercolor, drawing, oils and acrylic, sculpture, and photography are taught throughout the year. In addition, the museum conducts exhibitions, public tours, private group tours, and other public programs and performances year round.
The museum owns Frank Lloyd Wright's Zimmerman House, the only residence in New England designed by the acclaimed American architect.