To view this home, you must go through the Currier Museum of Art to schedule a tour. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Zimmerman House in 1950 and his influence is noticeable in all areas of the house. From the exposed brick to the rows of bookshelves and built in furniture, this is a fine example of Wright's work. Don't forget to take a peek at the mailbox, Wright even designed that too! Please note that children under seven years of age are not permitted on the tour of Zimmerman House.
You may have seen the Palace Theatre before, somewhere else. No, it has not moved since it was built in 1914, in fact there are 450 buildings in the United States of the same design which made it easy for traveling troupes to use the layout of the theater. Today, the Palace Theatre has its own professional company as well as a company of youth and teen and one of child performers. Besides shows put on by this company which include numerous musical and play offerings throughout the year, traveling shows and community theaters can rent out the facility to bring the arts, in many different forms, to Manchester.
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.
For a journey like no other, take a walk through Bedrock Gardens. Started in 1987, this 20-acre (eight-hectare) garden allows visitors to travel on a journey through the gardens. Famed for its landscape design, horticulture and art, there is so much for visitors to do during the couple of hours it takes to cover the garden. The owners have thoughtfully sketched out a journey to follow with starting points, places to go and things to do along the way. With various specimens of flora, fountains, sculptures, wildlife, pond, and even woodland trails, this magical place will definitely take your breath away. The garden is currently privately owned and is only open to the public four days a year.
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.
One of the largest in New Hampshire, this sprawling state park boasts a vivid tapestry of bogs, marshes and drapes of charming, forested expanses. A wonderland for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, this 10,000-acre (4046-hectare) park is delightfully cleaved by winding, crisscrossing trails. Home to campgrounds (of which the Bear Brook Camp is part of the National Register of Historic Places) and spaces for archery, the park is traversed by a meandering stream called Bear Brook. The park also harbors a stunning museum ensemble which includes the New Hampshire Antique Snowmobile Museum, Old Allenstown Meeting House, and the Richard Diehl Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. This expanse of wooded wilderness is the crown jewel of New Hampshire.
A great place to meet before a game or concert at the Verizon WIreless Arena, the Raymond J. Wieczorek Square is situated right out front. With grassy knolls just off Elm Street, Wieczorek is a war veteran. The square was dedicated to him and his efforts to revitalize the downtown area.
The home field arena for both the Manchester Monarchs and the Manchester Wolves, the SNHU Arena is a great place to watch both professional hockey and American football. Other events, like the American Idols Live! Tour and bands like My Chemical Romance have been known to grace the venue as well. Ticket sales are available both at the Arena and online. 10,000 seats are available for a hockey game, and one of the largest political events in New Hampshire, a rally for Barack Obama. Colleges, such as the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth men's hockey teams play in the arena, as do well known teams such as the Boston Celtics. For both sports and music, the SNHU Arena is the place to be.
Valley Cemetery has been around since 1840 and is built on 20 acres of land. Once upon a time it was a favorite place for people to picnic or walk, and has since fallen into some disrepair. Family mausoleums, large headstones and towering trees make up the park now and is still an informative and beautiful area to stroll with a great deal of charm. The Friends of the Valley Cemetery and Arboretum Group intends to restore the area to its former glory.
If you are an avid skater or about to start skating then head to John F.Kennedy Coliseum. A fairly big arena, it can hold up to more than 3000 people. It is open to the public for skating. You can also rent skates at the skate rental shop. The skating season begins from September and lasts through March. After renovation, it is one of the best ice skating rinks in the area. It is open to the public for skating every Thursday and Saturday mornings and also Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It also hosts ice hockey games. During off season, it transforms into a venue and is rented out for various entertainment purposes. Equipped with changing rooms, food stall, skate rentals, be sure to come by here either to practice or catch a game of ice hockey.
The Norris Cotton Federal Building is a place to get things done. Not only does it house the Department of Veteran's Affairs, but also takes care of housing issues. Named after Norris Cotton, a political leader in New Hampshire who served at the House of Representatives the United States Senate. The building itself has for decades placed an emphasis on sustainability. Built in 1975, the building was fitted with energy saving technologies such as not having any windows on the north face of the building, and solar fins. In 2007, the building was rededicated and its sustainability features were updated. Good for both public services and the environment, the lobby contains plaques outlining the history of both Norris Cotton himself, the artist who created Facets to the Sun a sculpture found on the grounds of the building, and the history of the building itself.
Located on the grounds of the Norris Cotton Federal Building, this sculpture was created by the renowned artist Louise Bourgeois. Commissioned in 1978, the sculpture reflects the energy conservation mission of the building. As Bourgeois explains, "[The] purpose of the building - solar energy research - was explained and the purpose became clear...My first idea was to present facets - shining facets looking up to the sun and to the sky." The sculpture consists of multiple mirrors all facing the same direction, so if you want to see yourself from many different angles, this sculpture can help you out.