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Get Some Culture at the Berkshires Museums

The Berkshires in Massachusetts are proud of its long list of museums ranging from grand art museums, such as the Norman Rockwell Museum and Clark Art Institute, to wonderful historical museums, such as Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. The Berkshires’ museums and galleries will surely keep you and your family entertained at any time of the year. So when up and about this side of Massachusetts, make sure to visit these brilliant museums and get some culture into your system—with fun!

Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA)

Stockbridge is where the famous artist Norman Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life. Thus, it is just appropriate to have his museum situated here through the help of both Rockwell and his wife in 1969. Inside the museum, expect to see the biggest collection of original Norman Rockwell artwork, with almost a thousand paintings and drawings. Besides these, the collection also contains more than 100,000 items from Rockwell, such as working photographs.

Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA)

Housing the art collection of Sterling and Francine Clark, the Clark Art Institute showcases European and American painting, decorative art, silver, porcelain, drawings, and sculpture from the Renaissance period to the early 20th century. Their collection, which started in 1910, was carefully chosen by the couple based on their own tastes and judgment. In 1950, they founded the institute to serve as the permanent home of their collection and it opened to the public five years later. Besides its function as a museum, the Clark Art Institute also serves as a center for research and higher education.

MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA)

The 13-acre Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is known for its 19 galleries with more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. Also within the campus are two theatres, two performance courtyards, an outdoor cinema, and a retail space. Besides showcasing the innovative works of today, the museum also provides a wide variety of live performances in music, theatre, dance, and even kids’ events.

Arrowhead (Pittsfield, MA)

The Arrowhead was the home of American author Herman Melville from 1850 to 1863, and was the place where he wrote his popular novels, Moby Dick and The Confidence Man. Built in the 1780s, the Arrowhead is a farmhouse and inn and also operates as a house museum, thanks to the preservation activities of the Berkshire County Historical Society. Open only from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, the Arrowhead is definitely not something you’d want to miss when you visit the Berkshires. For more cultural places to visit in the Berkshires, visit this website for a list of museums and historical sites.

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