The Berkshires region has a wonderful variety of fine museums & galleries
231 River Street
North Adams, MA, 01247
Inn near MASS MoCA a work of art in its own right
When you walk across the bridge from the internationally renowned Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to your room at the Porches Inn, you might feel you have just strolled from one gallery to another. Each room at the homey inn has its own color and texture palette, its own retro furniture and collectibles. Not surprising when you consider its attachment to MASS MoCA as well as its proximity to the Clark Art Institute, the Williams College Museum of Art and Bennington Museum, among other sites. Blending the historical – the inn is based in beautifully detailed Victorian row houses – and the modern (heated outdoor pool, Apple TVs, Jacuzzi tubs), the Porches’ quirky spirit and dramatic visuals make it ideal for museum- and gallery-goers.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Road (Route 183)
Stockbridge, MA, 01262
Largest collection of original work by Norman Rockwell, the quintessential American illustrator famous for his "Saturday Evening Post" covers. Artist's studio; exhibitions of Rockwell's work, his contemporaries, and modern illustrators.
Hours: May-November 11 and holidays, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays until 7 p.m. in July and August;
November 12-May, weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $16; seniors 65 and older, $14.50; college students, $10; youth ages 6-18, $5.
Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2
Williamstown, MA, 01267
Modern and contemporary art, American art from the late 18th century to the present, and the art of world cultures. Maurice and Charles Prendergast gallery.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.,
Children's Museum at Holyoke
444 Dwight Street
Holyoke, MA, 01040
Hands-on exhibits for children.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Seniors, $3; all others above age 1, $1.
Mead Art Museum
Amherst, MA, 01002
More than 16,000 works; collections range from antiquity to present; portraits by Gilbert Stuart, Italian Renaissance paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, Mediterranean antiquities, and pre-Columbian ceramics.
Hours: Academic year hours, Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 9 a.m.– midnight; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays. Summer hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays.
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA)
87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA
Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing contemporary art. MASS MoCA exhibits work by many of the most important artists of today, focusing on large-scale and complex installations that are impossible to realize in conventional museums. MASS MoCA hosts more than 75 performances year-round, including popular music, contemporary dance, alternative cabaret, world music dance parties, outdoor silent films with live music, documentaries, and avant-garde theater.
Hours: September-June 25, daily except Tuesdays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; June-September, daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; students,$10; children age 6-16, %4.
Hadley Farm Museum
208 Middle Street
Hadley, MA, 01035
Early New England farm equipment in restored 1782 barn: blacksmith tools, ox cart, stage coach, plows, early domestic appliances.
Hours: May-October, Saturday and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. or by appointment.
Admission: Adults, $5; students and seniors, $3; children under 12, $1.
Storrowton Village Museum
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA, 01089
A restored New England village, featuring blacksmith shop, homes, schoolhouse, and a meetinghouse. Open seasonally. There is an admission fee.
88 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA, 01342
Located in western Massachusetts off Routes 5 and 10 in the 330-year old village of Deerfield, the museum has been called the gem of rural New England. It includes 12 houses dating to the 18th and 19th centuries and three exhibition galleries at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Guided and self-guided tours are offered. A full calendar of programs, special events, and village walking tours are offered throughout the year. The Museum Store and Bookshop feature gifts, museum reproductions and books about early America and the decorative arts.
Hours: Open Daily, year round; hours vary by season. Call ahead or counsult website.
Admission: Adults, $12; youth age 6-17, $5.
Smith College Museum of Art
Elm Street at Bedford Terace
Northampton, MA, 01063
More than 25,000 art objects from a variety of cultures from 2500 B.C. to present. Special exhibitions. Internationally known for collection of 19th- and 20th- century European and American art.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; Second Fridays, 10 a.m.– 8 p.m. (4-8 p.m., free admission.
Adults, $5; seniors 65 and older, $4; students 13 and older, $3; youth age 6–12, $2.
Springfield Museums & Dr Seuss Nat’l Memorial Sculpture Garden
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA, 01103
The Springfield Museums consists of five institutions at one location: the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and the Museum of Springfield History. In addition, the property includes the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, with life-size statues of Springfield native Dr. Seuss and his favorite characters including Horton, the Grinch and the Lorax.
IN the five art, science and historical museums, guests can find Samurai armor and weaponry; an internationally-acclaimed collection of Oriental bronze, jade and porcelain; intricate Middle Eastern rugs; fine American and European paintings and sculpture; a savannah of animals in the R.E. Phelon African Hall; Dinosaur Hall with its towering Tyrannosaurus Rex; Astronomy Hall complete with a planetarium; and exhibits about Connecticut River Valley history. Curriculum-based tours and programs are available.
Crane Museum of Papermaking
30 South Street
Dalton, MA, 01226
Situated in Crane's historic 1845 old stone mill. Exhibits and displays of nearly 200 years of papermaking in Dalton.
Hours: June through mid-October, Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.. To schedule a group tour, call 413-684-7780.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
1000 Hall of Fame Avenue
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to more than 300 inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests. Basketball fans will find exhibits, interactive kiosks, memorabilia, and hands-on activities. Children and adults can spend the day in the 80,000-square-foot facility shooting baskets on a regulation court, measuring their skills against sports legends in an interactive game. Kids are invited to coaches’ clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours vary by season
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Lower Lake Road
South Hadley, MA, 01075
Beautifully exhibited and critically acclaimed broad-based permanent collection. Comprehensive scope ranges from ancient to contemporary art and represents diverse cultures. Imaginative special exhibitions; scavenger hunts for kids. Docent-led tours available with advance notice. Collections focus on Asian art; 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture; Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; Medieval sculpture; and early Italian Renaissance paintings. 6-8 exceptional special exhibitions annually. Visit the college's botanical gardens next door too.
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1–5 p.m., closed Mondays and certain college holidays. Call ahead for seasonal changes.
Indian Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame
33 Hendee Street
Springfield, MA, 01104
The Indian Motorcycle Museum chronicles the history of American Indian motorcycles, the beautiful, vintage predecessors to the two-wheeled vehicles we know today. Set in the former Indian Motorcycle factory, the museum features such attractions as the world's first motorcycle (made of wood), the only remaining water-cooled aircraft engine, a folding motorcycle designed to give paratroopers a quick transportation option upon landing, and much more. The museum resides in the heart of town, near Blunt Park.
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $3; children, $1.
Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
10 Willow Creek Road
Lenox, MA, 01240
Restored 1902 depot with railroading exhibits and model train displays; Berkshire Cottages exhibit in vintage railroad coach. On summer weekends and holidays the museum offers two 90-minute round trip excursions from Lenox Station to Stockbridge and a 45-minute round trip excursion from Lenox Station to Lee narrated by a uniformed conductor.
Hours: For schedule of rides and events, call railroad or visit http://berkshirescenicrailroad.org/schedules.php
Admission: Consult railroad website.