Manchester’s Millyard Museum showcases nearly 11,000 years of history and the story of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, which grew to become one of the largest textile companies in the world. At its peak the manufacturer employed more than 17,000 people, many of which immigrated from other countries. The site of the enormous brick mill yard continues to impact the community of Manchester today.
The museum’s main exhibit “Woven in Time” walks visitors through the early days of Paleo-Indians to the Industrial Revolution and the “mile of mills” that made Manchester into the biggest planned city in New England. From the origin of patterns and raw materials to the technology and culture that enabled the company to grow so rapidly, there’s much to learn about here.
Hundreds of historic artifacts, original documents, and photographs are on display, as are engaging art and multimedia works. The excellent special exhibits go more in depth into a topic or period of history. Collectively all forms powerfully convey the story behind the area and the industry.
The Millyard Museum is located in Mill #3 of the Amoskeag Millyard in Manchester. You can enter from both Commercial and Bedford Street. The exhibits are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission costs $8, with reduced tickets at $6 for students/seniors and $4 for children. Free parking is available in nearby lots.