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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.
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.
Victory Park is located in the cultural crescent and in the ring around the park is the Manchester City Library, New Hampshire Institute of Arts and, on select days, the Manchester Downtown Farmer's Market. Named Victory Park for the allied victory in World War I, there is a winged statue and an amphitheater of sorts in the park, as well as lots of trees and grassy spaces.
Built in the year 1869, Saint Joseph Cathedral is known as one of the best historic churches in the city. Designed by Patrick C. Keeley, the church was built for the numerous Irish immigrants that lived in the area. Today the Roman catholic church is still an active place of worship and sees more than 700 worshipers on a weekly basis. Performances by various musical choirs also take place here often. Whether you are feeling religious or just want a glimpse of history, then a visit to St. Joseph’s Cathedral won't let you down.
The Industrial Revolution was a time when women were able to gain greater freedoms than ever before by working outside the home. Women from all over moved to Manchester to work in the Amoskeag Millyards, at one point comprising a third of the workers. Although working conditions were far from ideal, manufacturing gave women a new route to independence. The Mill Girl statue pays tribute to all the women who worked at the millyards and was sculpted by Antoinette Schultze in 1988.
The financial and business headquarters of the city, along with being one of best places to stay, shop and dine, Downtown Manchester is the place to be during your time in the city. Whether you want to watch the latest sports match or attend a concert at the SNHU Arena, shop at the Mall of New Hampshire, or even work at one of numerous corporate buildings like One City Hall Plaza, Downtown Manchester houses it all. With so much to offer, no visit to Manchester would be complete without visiting this vibrant social, cultural and business hub.