Museums

 

  • Mass MoCA in North Adams is the largest contemporary art museum in the country. It is 8 minutes north of the inn. It exhibits year round and has concerts, and other performing arts events in the evenings. 

Clark Art Institute of Sterling and Francine Clark in Williamstown, includes European and American painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative art from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century, nineteenth-century European and American painting, French Impressionists; English silver; master drawings and prints; and, in recent years, the Institute’s growing collection of early photography.

 

Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, was founded in 1969 with the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his contributions to society, popular culture, and social commentary.

Edith Wharton designed and built The Mount in 1902, based on the principles outlined in her influential book, The Decoration of Houses (1897), co-authored with architect Ogden Codman, Jr. This classical revival house represents the only full expression we have of Wharton’s architectural interests. It is also one of the mere 5% of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women.

Hancock Shaker Village has brought the Shaker story to life by restoring the original buildings of the Shaker village and re-enacting the lifestyle of the Shakers. The Shaker Central Ministry closed the Hancock community in 1960 and sold the buildings and surrounding acreage to a group of Shaker enthusiasts, collectors and scholars. The museum opened to the public on July 1, 1961.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield has a broad and varied collection that include pieces from virtually every continent, a mixture of the whimsical and the exemplary, important fine art and sculpture, natural science specimens, and ancient artifacts.