Small Market Meetings

DEC 2016

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December 2016 17 Courtesy Currier Museum of Art Events at the Currier Museum of Art can incorporate both elegant banquets and gallery tours. In the Great Hall, guests sit beneath an arched pine-beam ceiling while floor-to-ceiling windows deliver views of the upper pond. The hall can accommodate 250 for seated meals or 450 for receptions and is adjacent to the South Lobby, which is available during nonpublic hours. On the museum's lower level, three 800-square-foot suites each open onto Walker Landing, a paved 200-person venue that overlooks the lower pond and offers a circular waterfront amphitheater. Groups can also reserve Crystal Bridges' restaurant, Eleven, or the entire museum for after-hours events. Groups of 200 can gather on the South Lawn, and the North Lawn — "one of most beautiful spots of the museum," according to special events manager Barbara McBride — will soon be more accessible with the addition of an elevator this year. Groups will be able to walk through the museum and take the elevator up to the lawn, she said. Another addition is the new sculpture forest that's slated to open on Memorial Day weekend. The Frank Lloyd Wright House lawn is "a beau- tiful reception area," and the museum can open the house to small- group tours. Crystal Bridges offers group tours for 10 to 60 people, and the muse- um's guided Trails Tour of the grounds boasts 3.5 miles of sculpture- dotted walking trails. The museum displays as many as 500 works at any time, but three of the museum's most-recognizable works often get the strongest reaction from visitors: two portraits of George Washington and Asher Durand's "Kindred Spirits." Dale Chihuly's work will also be on display during "Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest" exhibit this summer. www.crystalbridges.org Currier Museum of Art Manchester, New Hampshire One of the most impressive things about the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, isn't about what's on display in the museum. It's about what's online. The museum's entire collection — some 13,000 pieces of American and European art — is archived and searchable on its website. But that doesn't mean visitors to the brick- and-mortar museum won't be wowed. "For a small museum, we have a lot of impressive pieces," said Lisa Pavlopoulos, manager of special events and catering operations. "We may only have one Picasso or one Matisse, but the ones we have are the cream of the crop." The museum is available for both daytime and after-hours events. During the day, groups can use the 180-seat auditorium, one of two 60-capacity classrooms and a 20-person seminar room. Every facility rental includes admission to the museum, so attendees can wander around in the galleries during breaks, and the museum cafe can cater lunch.

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