I have been looking forward to visiting this museum for some time. I grew up in a small mill town in
Alabama and saw firsthand how my town was influenced by these mills. Unfortunately, over the past thirty
years or so, all of the mills have moved out causing a devastating economic impact on my home town.
The Millyard Museum is housed in Mill No. 3 at the corner of Commercial and Pleasant Streets in the historic Amoskeag Millyard. The Museum features the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. The story starts with the native peoples who fished at Amoskeag Falls 11,000 years ago. It continues with displays on the area's early farmers and lumbermen, and the beginnings of industry in the area.
The exhibit continues with the story of the development of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. This powerful corporation would become one of the largest textile producing company in the world, employing over 17,000 people, including immigrants from many countries. The company's vast brick millyard still dominates the cityscape today. The story continues into the 20th century, as innovative businesses flourish in the city and new groups of immigrants come to Manchester to start new lives.
The Millyard Museum also features the Discovery Gallery, a multi-purpose space used for school groups, family programs, lectures, temporary exhibits and other activities.
The Research Center, renovated in 2006, houses the Manchester Historic Association's library and archives where the records of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company can be found along with archival collections of Manchester families, businesses and organizations. The Research Center maintains a large photograph collection, and has a collection of books, oral histories, ephemera, artwork, manuscripts and other materials. Researchers may also access the Association's collections of Native American artifacts, and other types of historical objects through the auspices of the Research Center.
Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 4pm
Manchester Millyard Museum
200 Bedford Street, Mill No. 3
Manchester, NH 03101