the Beautiful Berkshires
- Historic Sites & Estates
- Performing Arts Venues
- Museums & Galleries
- Culinary & Agrarian Attractions
- Outdoor Recreation & Sports
- Annual Events of Note
Norman Rockwell Musuem
Set on 36 verdant acres, the museum – designed by renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern – houses the largest and most significant collection of original art by the archetypical American illustrator (and longtime Stockbridge resident), along with the Norman Rockwell Archives and the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, a research institute dedicated to American illustration art. Step into Rockwell’s own studio, open May through October. The museum also hosts exhibitions of work by other illustrators (past and contemporary) and accomplished animators.
Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood
Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood (CSC) is a signature event, attracting thousands of visitors each season. Each year, the exhibition has a guest curator & juror who selects a stylistic range of works sited within the landscape designed by French. The Chesterwood staff assists the sculptors in installing their work. Over the years the exhibition has presented the work of many prominent artists, including Leonard Baskin, Glenna Goodacre, George Rickey, and Richard Stankiewicz. Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood (CSC) has provided the opportunity to showcase the work of new and emerging artists.
Sohn Fine Art
Contemporary photography with an emphasis on local artists.
Contemporary glass works by internationally recognized artists.
Art et Industrie
Extraordinary furniture hand-crafted by regional artisans from reclaimed and salvaged materials.
Innovative work by artists who push the boundary between art and jewelry with both traditional and unconventional materials and forms.
Lauren Clark Fine Art
Fine art and contemporary craft by regional and internationally recognized artists in all media.
Sanford Smith Fine Art
Primarily contemporary work by international and regional artists, with a selection of fine jewelry.
Contemporary ceramics, , glass, painting, and photography, along with hand-crafted jewelry, wearables, and home accessories
Founded in 1903 by Zenas Crane, of Crane paper fame, Berkshire Museum is the county’s first public museum. Dedicated to art, history and natural science, the Museum has surprisingly diverse collections ranging from a 143-pound meteorite to an Egyptian mummy to the first-ever commissioned work by Alexander Calder. Children are enchanted by the subterranean aquarium and permanent galleries that explore the local ecosystem, including an extensive display of taxidermy specimens of Berkshire wildlife.
Bidwell House Museum
Grounds open year round
This Georgian saltbox, originally built in 1750 as a parsonage, has been authentically restored and filled with Colonial-era antiques to create a museum that interprets the early settlement of the Berkshires. The 192-acre property is graced with terraced perennial flowerbeds; a Heritage Vegetable Garden and heirloom herb garden demonstrating Colonial-era plants and techniques; and hiking trails that lead to historical landmarks.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Closed Monday September through June
Sterling and Francine Clark founded the Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive collections, including important artwork by Dutch Masters, Impressionists and key American artists, as well as decorative objets. The Stone Hill Center, designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando, is itself a masterwork of contemporary design. It houses supplemental galleries and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, and affords magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The 140-acre property boasts meadows, woods, pastures, and walking trails. In the warmer months, the sprawling South Lawn is an ideal site for free concerts and family festivals.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
An important collection including work by Dutch Masters, Impressionists, and key American artists, as well as decorative objects. The Clark screens live-in-HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera as well as periodic thematic film series.
The galleries of Hudson, NY
The Harrison Gallery
Contemporary painting and sculpture, plus fine art jewelry and ceramics.
MCLA Gallery 51
Contemporary work by international and local artists, including students and faculty of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which operates the gallery.