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Our Mission

The Museum of the White Mountains engages the Plymouth State University community and the broader public in conversations about the cultural, artistic, and environmental legacies of the White Mountains and Lakes regions of New Hampshire. The museum explores the region’s past, present, and future through high-quality exhibitions, interdisciplinary educational programming, and stewardship of our collections.

 Located at 34 Highland St. on the campus of Plymouth State University.  Admission is always free.  For hours, please click here.


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.

The MWM is wheelchair accessible, with ramp to the front door and an elevator for access to the lower level.

Schedule a time for a class visit

Let Us Help You Plan Your Event!

The Museum’s main gallery as well as the lower level “Open Lab” classroom space are available to be booked for events through Plymouth State University’s Events team.

No matter the size of your meeting, event, or conference, our Professional Events Staff is committed to your success and attendee experience! Request your space online at or call (603) 535-3868 for pricing and availability.

MWM as Plymouth State University’s Teaching Museum

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 provides several annual student employment opportunities, as well as tailored career experiences via internships and fellowships for students.

White Mountain Themed Exhibitions

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.

Karl Drerup Art Gallery’s Exhibitions Program

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.

History of 34 Highland Street

Originally built in 1946, the brick building at 34 Highland Street was the home of the Plymouth United Methodist Church for many years. When the congregation built a new home on Fairgrounds Road, the former church was purchased by Plymouth State University and became part of the Plymouth State University campus in 2010.