The Currier Museum of Art offers opportunities for children and families to explore art. Below are some suggestions and information to help make your visits enjoyable.
Before Your Visit will offer some suggestions to make your visit a truly wonderful experience. During Your Visit offers information to enhance and enrich your visit, as well as your comfort, during your time in the museum. After Your Visit gives some suggestions of activities that will reinforce your knowledge and allow your visit to make a lasting impression, one which we hope will inspire you to visit the Currier again and again.
Talk about appropriate museum behavior. Explain why all of the museum guidelines are necessary and how they are helping to protect the art.
- Respect the art by not touching
- Work and move safely
- Stay with an adult
- Use only pencils in the galleries for sketching and note taking
Ask your children what they think they will see!
Introduce them to some of the art by browsing Currier Collections Online.
Develop some questions you might ask your children to help them think about the art. For example:
- What do you see? What do you think might be happening in the work of art?
- Use your other senses, what might you hear, smell, and feel?
- Compare and contrast several works of art within the gallery
- Read the labels with your children. Talk about the information and how it may help you understand the art.
- What title would you give the art?
- Step away from the art and view it from various points in the gallery.
- Talk about the architecture of the museum
Check out the current exhibitions and plan your visit accordingly. Remember children do tire and repeated visits to the museum are always wonderful. It is exciting for children to see things they recognize and makes them eager to experience more.
Currier Museum Art Center
In addition to programs at the museum, the Currier Museum Art Center offers a lively schedule of studio classes for children, adults, and families. Download the program schedule for more information.
Guests may park, at no charge, in the museum parking lot on Ash Street. There is no charge. Handicapped accessible parking is also available here.
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The Museum is accessible for guests with disabilities and special needs. Strollers and wheelchairs are available on a limited basis at the Guest Services Desk. If you or your child requires any additional accommodations please contact 603.669.6144, x119.
There are two family restrooms located in the main lobby, one of which (closest to the coat room) has a baby-changing station. Baby-changing stations are also available in both the mens and womens restrooms located on the lower level near the classrooms and auditorium.
Upon Your Arrival
Check in at the Guest Services Desk.
Our coatroom is available for your coats, umbrellas, backpacks and other belongings. Your personal items may be left in a secure locker.
Restrooms are available next to the coatroom area and on the lower level.
- Please do not touch the artwork
- Remain at least 18 inches away from the artwork.
- Do not touch frames, pedestals, platforms or walls
- Walk and move safely.
- Photography, without a flash, is allowed in all galleries with the exception of the special exhibition galleries. Selfie sticks are not permitted in the galleries.
- Sketching, with pencils, is allowed in all galleries, except special exhibition areas.
- Food and drinks are not allowed the museum galleries. These items may be purchased and enjoyed in the Winter Garden café only.
Family Tours and Programs
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Family Guides offer activities for children and adults to do together when exploring the museum. Guides are available by the Guest Services Desk in the main lobby.
Check out our Family Guides online and download them for your visit.
Enjoy activities and resources as you explore and expand your knowledge of the Currier collection and art in general. This gallery is designed for all ages with hands on activities, puzzles, books, enrichment activities and places to exhibit your art. Discover how artists create and leave inspired!
Activities are ever changing to enhance and enrich the family experience.
Experience the Winter Garden Café, a wonderful place where you can enjoy a meal or light snack. Children’s menu options are available.
Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm Afternoon Menu 2:30 – 4pm
Don’t miss the Currier Museum Shop! Enjoy browsing in this beautiful space filled with wonderful and creative items. There are many choices for children to complete their museum visit and take home memories of their exciting day.
If you require first aid during your visit, please see a Security Officer. Any accident should also be reported to Security.
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Meet the Artists
Mark Di Suvero is one of the most celebrated and influential American artists working today. Since the 1960’s, he has been creating large steel sculptures that are in public collections around the world. He has studios in California and New York. Origins was started in 2001 and completed in 2004. Di Suvero came to the Currier to install this sculpture and it greets visitors as they enter the Museum.
Sol LeWitt, an American sculptor and printmaker, was born in 1928. Early in his career he worked as a painter and graphic designer but in 1962 he began to make abstract black and white reliefs, and wall and floor drawings. Look for colors you recognize and find the geometric shapes that compose the art he created especially for the Currier.
Sol LeWitt work title Wall Drawing #1255: Whirls and twirls
Reflect on your visit together. Are there favorite works you enjoyed spending time with?
Did you leave with any new ideas for your own art work? Visit Currier Collections Online to see the collection again.
Create a design like the Sol LeWitt wall drawing using colored paper cut into geometric shapes, Legos, wooden blocks or paints.
Gather some household materials and construct a sculpture that can move like Mark DiSuvero’s Origins sculpture. You may think about using pieces of foam, cardboard boxes, wire, foil, and anything else you can find around your house. See if you can make it move for an added challenge.
Is there anything you did not get to do during the visit?
Make plans to visit the Currier Museum of Art again!
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