The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Currier Museum of Art, an acclaimed regional museum, is downtown Manchester’s contribution to the art and cultural scene of New Hampshire. With a carefully curated collection, which includes pieces by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Wyeth, O’Keefe and selected New Hampshire artists, The Currier Museum of Art provides a classy, metropolitan location for couples who are looking for a chic and cultured venue for their wedding and reception.
Recipient of the 2008 Design Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (New Hampshire chapter), the Currier Museum of Art can accommodate a maximum of 120 seated guests at any of the event spaces within its premises.
The Historic Court. Centrally located at the museum’s main level, the Historic Court lies between the Modern galleries, with a twin sweep of staircases, which provides for a dramatic entrance for brides preferring to hold their ceremony at this lovely venue. This is also a great venue for a standing cocktail reception, as guests can mingle through the court to the adjacent galleries.
The Winter Garden Café. After the ceremony, the wedding party and guests can walk to the Winter Garden Café for a cocktail reception or plated sit-down dinner. The Winter Garden Café is bordered on three sides by the Ed & Mary Scheier Gallery, the Putnam Gallery and the Special Exhibitions area. Its modern, eclectic decor gives the area a cozy and relaxing ambience, which will surely put guests at ease.
What You Should Know
Dedicated and efficient event planners from The Currier Museum of Art’s Events Department will help each bride and groom plan their once-in-a-lifetime event down to the last detail. The museum schedules only one wedding event at a time. Caterers and any vendors must come from an approved list of vendors who have established themselves in the industry and have a track record of successful events at the museum.
There are several catering packages to choose from and when requested, any of the accredited caterers would be happy to work with the couple on their menu, theme and budget. The food is Classic American cuisine at its finest. The museum has a well-equipped kitchen and other facilities, which may be used by the catering team. Amenities such as the tables and chairs, china, glassware, flatware and barware are included in the reception packages.
Weddings at the Currier Museum of Art may allow the guests to explore the different galleries and exhibits, plus enjoy the following extra perks:
- Gallery tours for guests
- Access to the Museum Shop for souvenir-shopping
- Access to the library at the lower level
- Free Wi-Fi network connectivity
From the Vendor
Invite Picasso, Matisse and Monet to your big day!
Congratulations ! This is an exciting time filled with happiness, possibilities and promise. Now more than ever, it’s time to make a statement about your love: what moves you... what inspires you... what you love about each other… and what you want to tell the world.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Museum, Historic Venue
Beautiful museum!Reviewed on 5/29/2013 Ann-Sofie A
The Currier Museum of Art is a wonderful venue, tons of opportunities for great pictures and it has an absolute gorgeous room for the ceremony, the historic court. The eventmanager Lisa is really easy and fun to work with, she is very professional and can give lots of advice for anything surrounding the wedding. Despite having many rules since it is a museum they are trying to accomodate you as much as possible and they are very service minded. The only thing we "missed" was that they didn't have china, cutlery, glasses and such but that seems pretty common here in the US. But overall we were superhappy with their work before and during our wedding, could not have asked for more from them! Would really recommend this veunue.
Breathtaking ceremony siteReviewed on 10/19/2012 Jennifer G
If you are looking for a beautiful and unique setting, then I would recommend checking them out. We had our wedding ceremony here and were extremely happy. I just cant explain in words how beautiful it was -- everyone who went expressed awe. They are easy to work with and very organized -- Lisa, the events coordinator, was fantastic. It is on the pricey side, but still reasonable I think. We decided against having the reception there though. We felt the rental fee was too costly and then we only had one choice of caterer (we didnt like their food) who was also very costly. But we were so very happy we had our ceremony there and wouldnt have changed a thing!
Our daughter's wedding reception at the Currier Museum of Art was elegant, distinctive, and fun. Our guests from inside and outside of NH are still talking about what a gorgeous location it was. Our daughter and son-in-law wanted to make their reception creative, comfortable, and interesting. Lisa helped them to shape their vision and make it come to life. The areas for the cocktail reception, photographs, dinner, and dancing were beautiful and comfortable, fostering conversations and a great celebration. We were thrilled with the evening!
We sincerely thank Lisa and the staff at the Currier Museum of Art for the incredibly beautiful experience we had at the Currier for our August 5, 2016 wedding reception. The Currier was elegantly arranged with unbelievably lovely details. We could not have imagined anything as perfect as it was! This is such a special venue, and an experience that we and our guests will never forget! The decorations, architectural elements and galleries were unbelievably gorgeous. Lisa thoughtfully arranged our decorations with an artistic eye, placing our seating display on a beautiful tabletop easel, and hanging our heart ornament favors on a tree. The display of our favors, seating chart, photos, cake, and guest book post cards were like an exhibit themselves, just inspiring!! She made a point to check in throughout the night, offering the help bustle my gown or see if I needed something to drink, and the very friendly and professional staff helped us navigate the galleries with our photographer to capture amazing photographs!! Many guests have stated that they have never attended as special of a wedding venue, and just being in the space, and exploring the art before the reception was an experience and memory that they will cherish. My husband and I are also looking forward to revisiting the museum for future anniversaries: it is so special that we can return to the location of our wedding reception and remember the lovely evening and enjoy the cultural experience of the incredible art on display!
Currier Museum of ArtReviewed on 11/03/2011 Charleen P
This is a beautiful and unique venue that I would highly recommend for anyone looking to have an elegent wedding. Lisa, the event planner was wonderful to deal with and my photograher indicated that they were much more accomidating than other museums that she has shot weddings at. It can be pricey to have your wedding and reception there, but you can opt to only do the ceremony (and cocktail hour) there and take the reception elsewhere.