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Museum of the White Mountains

34 Highland Street
(603) 535-3210

The mission of the Museum of the White Mountains is to obtain, maintain, and provide access to resources and activities that educate and engage its audience with the region’s artistic, historical, geographic, and cultural treasures. Its purpose is to enrich the life and scholarship of the Plymouth State University community, researchers, and the broader public.

A hidden gem in Plymouth

The Museum of the White Mountains opened on February 23, 2013, and now curates and presents exhibitions year round in the Museum building (Main Upstairs Gallery, Lower Level Gallery, Open Lab Gallery), in Silver Center for the Arts Lobby Gallery, in Lamson Library, and online.

As part of Plymouth State University, the Museum collaborates with and serves PSU students, faculty, and staff to design exhibitions and activities that support a wide array of curriculum areas throughout the academic year. The MWM is wheelchair accessible, with ramp to the front door and an elevator for access to the lower level.

The longer running Summer exhibitions, with accompanying Speaker Series, and related activities are developed in partnership with outside co-curators, state-wide organizations, and our own MWM Advisory Council, and address White Mountain region historical, environmental, geographic, social, and artistic themes.

In Summer 2017, the Karl Drerup Art Gallery (KDAG) and Exhibitions Program moved from the Draper and Maynard Building to integrate with the Museum. KDAG was named for Karl Drerup, first art professor at Plymouth State, and the Gallery was known for excellent exhibitions that supported and inspired the Art Department’s curricula. All of the traditional KDAG exhibitions now take place as part of MWM programming including the annual PSU Faculty exhibition, the Annual PSU Student Juried art Exhibition, and the BFA in Studio Art/BFA in Graphic Design exhibitions.


An Enduring Presence: The Old Man of the Mountain
Dates: June 3,2023–September 16, 2023

Opening Reception: June 2, 2023, 4-6 p.m.

On May 3, 2003, New Hampshire awoke to a world in which an iconic stony face no longer looked out over Franconia Notch. For over two centuries, the Old Man of the Mountain had captured the imagination of storytellers, artists, writers, statesmen, scientists, entrepreneurs, and tourists. Twenty years later the Old Man of the Mountain remains a prominent New Hampshire icon and can still be found as an official and unofficial emblem across the state and beyond.

This exhibition explores the history of the Old Man of the Mountain and the ways in which its images and narratives symbolized and reflected the evolving identity of New Hampshire and its citizens. The extraordinary story of the people and technology involved in the innovative efforts to preserve the Old Man’s place atop Cannon Mountain will also be told.