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Best Museums in Manchester

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Not only has the Aviation Museum installed itself in a 1937 art-deco building on the grounds of the Manchester Boston Regional Airport, but the inside is as beautiful as the outside. The museum focuses on events and artifacts relevant to aviation in New Hampshire. The museum can also be open to groups when not open to the public, simply call in advance and arrange a visit.

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.

The trails leading to and from Potanipo Hill in Brookline are dotted with peculiar sculptures and exhibits, sourced from Bangladesh, Egypt and all the way to Lithuania and Greece. This innovative sculpture park was the brainchild of Paul Andres and sculptor John Weidman, and was founded in 1996. The placing of the unique sculptures in a natural habitat lend changing perspectives and backdrops with the turn of seasons. Some sculptures are changed periodically and are replaced by newer exhibits, whereas sometimes artists from over the world are invited to create permanent sculptures. Guided tours of the sculpture garden are available as well.

The Franklin Pierce Homestead was the former home of the 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce. The house dates back to as far as 1804, when the house was built by Benjamin Pierce, the former President's father. Today, the house assumes significant importance in the pages of America's past, as much for its marvelous architecture and interiors as its history. The house includes preserved sections from the time of Franklin Pierce's occupancy, such as the parlor, bedrooms and the manicured gardens. A small fee is charged for admission and tours, and the homestead timings vary as per season.

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.

A visit to the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum comes most recommended for history aficionados. This informative museum has many permanent exhibits that give visitors a detailed account of the Native American culture and their way of life. Here, all of the tours as well as exhibitions are organized in such a way that visitors feel connected to the 20,000-year old traditions of the Native Americans. Not only do they display artifacts and every use items of the community but they also hold games and showcase cultural programs to give visitors a hands-on experience of the Native American life. In addition, they conduct several education programs to keep the Native American spirit alive among today's generation.

America's Credit Union Museum commemorates the first credit union in America, one started right here in Manchester, New Hampshire. But the museum does not cover such a limited scope - instead it details the history of credit unions from its beginnings in Europe, to its role in the United States since 1908. The role of the credit union during the Great Depression is explored, and visitors will see a human side to the story of the credit union.

How often do children sit in a science classroom, bored by what their teachers are explaining? Much too often! This will never happen at the SEE Science Center where exhibits, demonstrations, and displays help children and adults understand the world around us. Robots, gyroscopes, lights, electricity - all can be experienced at the Center. One of the most popular exhibits combines history with science and fun. The largest permanent LEGO minifigure structure in the entire world resides in the SEE Science Center. It depicts the Amoskeag Millyard at the height of its power as the largest producer of textiles in the world. The scale, 55:1 matches the scale of the LEGO people to make the exhibit as accurate as possible.

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