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Do you know any other 5,000 resident towns that are home to an orchestra like the Boston Symphony? And that is only the beginning, world-class theater at Shakespeare & Company, a dozen galleries and even more dance and theater all around create an arts scene that is unmatched. We have been home to the Morgan, Westinghouse and Vanderbilt families. That history is still alive today. You can even tour the home of Edith Wharton, have tea at the Morgan’s place and then write on the porch or Herman Melville’s house in the same day.

History

Ventfort Hall-Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

104 Walker Street, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240

 

Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. Designed by the architects Rotch & Tilden, it is located in Lenox, Massachusetts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and declared an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Millennium program of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Ventfort Hall is the home of The Museum of the Gilded Age.

 

Ventfort Hall was one of the approximately seventy-five so-called “Cottages” built in Lenox in the late 19th century when the village became a popular Gilded Age resort. Located on spacious grounds in the heart of the village, we are continuing its restoration, with the first floor completely open to the public along with many of the rooms on the second floor. Through lectures, exhibits, theatrical performances and other events, The Museum of the Gilded Age interprets the great changes that occurred in American life, industry, and society during the Nineteenth Century, a fascinating period of American history.

The Mount

2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA 01240

 

The Mount is maintained and operated by the Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc., which was founded in 1980. The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our interpretive and public programs, and preservation of her historic estate.

 

The Mount has evolved from a traditional historic house museum to a vibrant cultural center, engaging audiences through our year-round artistic and literary programs.

 

To tell the stories of The Mount we offer tours of the house and gardens, a Backstairs Tour, and our popular Ghost Tour. There are no velvet ropes and stanchions, instead we invite our visitors to sit and interact with the rooms. Interpretive exhibits throughout the house explore Wharton’s life, her humanitarian efforts, literary legacy, and lives of the servants. The house and gardens are open to the public May-October.

 

A day at The Mount is an opportunity to experience the beauty and splendor of Edith Wharton’s beloved country estate. There is so much to do! Be sure to spend some time exploring our trails. They offer a rare opportunity to experience a forest setting that has been carefully manicured and curated, just like the gardens. The trails are not challenging but do feature rock outcroppings and glacial moraines.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM

9 Glendale Rd / Rte 183
Stockbridge , MA 01262

 

Norman Rockwell Museum is the preeminent museum of American illustration art. Dedicated to art education and art appreciation inspired by the enduring legacy of Norman Rockwell, the Museum stewards the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell art, and presents the works of contemporary and past masters of illustration. The Museum’s holdings include Rockwell’s last studio, moved from its original location to the Museum grounds, and the Norman Rockwell Archives, a 200,000-object collection undergoing digital preservation through Project NORMAN, “A Save America’s Treasures Project.” The Museum is also home to the new Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the nation’s first research institute devoted to the art of illustration. In 2008, Norman Rockwell Museum became the first-ever museum recipient of the National Humanities Medal, America’s highest honor in the field.

BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

39 South Street (Route 7)
, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Mission
Bringing people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking by making inspiring educational connections among art, history, and natural science.

Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors of all ages. From fine art and ancient objects to fossils; from an aquarium of native and exotic creatures to the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, we are your community museum: a place where everyone, from toddlers to elders, can learn, play, explore, innovate, be engaged and inspired.

Art

MASS MoCA

1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247

 

MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification. Much of the work we show in our light-filled spaces, on our technically sophisticated stages, and within our lovely network of late 19th-century courtyards is made here during extended fabrication and rehearsal residencies that bring hundreds of the world’s most brilliant and innovative artists to North Adams all year round.

 

We thrive on helping artists make work that is fresh, forward-looking, and engaging of the mind, body, and spirit…but we also believe that both our guest artists and audiences should enjoy their time with us. Our campus features free parking, affordably priced cafés, a full-service restaurant, delicious ice cream, great coffee, and an innovative microbrewery that spotlights locally malted grains and hops grown in our own Berkshire valley.

THE CLARK

225 South Street
, Williamstown, MA 
01267

 

Surrounded by 140 acres of meadows, forests and mountain vistas, the Clark is one of the world’s most loved and respected art museums. Renowned for its intimate galleries and outstanding collection, it is both an art museum and a center for research and higher education in the visual arts. The Clark’s transformed campus includes the Clark Center, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando; the expanded and renovated Museum Building, reconceived by Selldorf Architects; and a redesign of its campus by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Institute also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

 

The Clark is one of only a handful of institutions globally with a dual mission as an art museum and a distinguished center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art. No other institution of its scale and character has such a complex and exhilarating mission—complex because interrelating the differing purposes of an art museum and a center for research and higher education is so challenging, and exhilarating because the possibilities and implications of this combination are so dynamic.

FRELINGHUYSEN MORRIS HOUSE & STUDIO

92 Hawthorne Street, 
Lenox, MA 01240

 

GET TO KNOW GEORGE & SUZY

Visit the home of American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, set on a 46-acre estate in the heart of Lenox, Massachusetts. View their paintings, frescoes, and sculpture; experience their exquisite collection of American and European Cubist Art.

 

George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, prolific abstract artists since the late 1930s, were a remarkable couple at the leading edge of the national and international art scene. Collectors and intellectuals, they created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetic worlds. Frelinghuysen and Morris are today being widely rediscovered and evaluated as significant figures in the history of American art. Now you can tour their world, preserved just as it was when they created it.

SOHN FINE ART GALLERY, PRINTING, FRAMING & WORKSHOPS

69 Church Street, 
Lenox, MA 01240

Sohn Fine Art was founded in 2011, by photographer, Cassandra Sohn. The Gallery specializes in showing primarily contemporary photography and is dedicated to the development, promotion and exhibition of innovative contemporary artworks by international and local artists. Sohn Fine Art exhibits Sohn’s work and represents emerging and living artists. It is the company’s mission to promote broader understanding of, and community engagement with photographic mediums through exhibitions, lectures and workshops. Sohn Fine Art’s MASTER ARTIST SERIES Program hosts world class photographers in the Berkshires annually. The goal of this program is to offer unique experiences with artists in the top of their fields to patrons and collectors of photography, as well as professional and aspiring photographers and artists.

DeVries Fine Art International, INC

62 Church Street, Lenox, MA

 

An award winning Master Sculptor and founder, Andrew casts all his own work in bronze: Dance and Figurative Sculpture, Abstract and Symbolic Sculpture, Portrait and Bas Relief Wall Sculpture, all of which are perfect for installations in public spaces, corporations, or in a private home. Many of Andrew’s sculptures are also installed as outdoor garden sculptures.

HOADLEY GALLERY

21 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

 

Since 1985 Hoadley Gallery has been offering its visitors an exciting and inspired collection of functional and decorative objects which combine traditional American hand craftsmanship with refreshing, innovative contemporary design along with the more recent addition of painting and photography. Each year, owners Stephanie and Thomas Hoadley search for work that meets their high standards of taste, craftsmanship, and originality, and each year, the visitors to their gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts are treated to a rich collection of fresh new work and timeless classics.

 

Hoadley Gallery, in a beautifully restored 19th century house in the center of Lenox, is open year round, with extended Summer hours.

IS183 ART SCHOOL OF THE BERKSHIRES

13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262

 

In the summer of 1991, IS183 opened its doors in what continues to be its historic landmark home base in Stockbridge, Citizens’ Hall. We now offer programs across the county from Great Barrington to North Adams.

 

Our mission:
IS183 is a non-profit community art school encouraging people of all ages, means, and skill levels to enrich their lives through hands-on art-making.

How we achieve it:

Studio classes, workshops, and intensives for beginners to professionals, led by our remarkable faculty artists, who teach students the skills they need to master a wide range of media.

 

Learning Through Arts: an engagement program that has had a deep impact on more than 1,000 children a year (in school residencies, after-school programs, and summer camps) by using art-making as a tool to improve academic and behavioral learning in 17 of our region’s lowest performing schools.

 

In 25 years, IS183 Art School has touched the lives of 40,000 adults and 16,000 children in the Berkshires.

LICHTENSTEIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

28 Renne Avenue, 
Pittsfield, MA 01201

 

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is Pittsfield’s city owned community arts center, featuring nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, community room, and art gallery featuring changing exhibitions, classes, performances and more!

Entertainment

TANGLEWOOD

297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240

 

Tanglewood is a music venue in the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. It has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937. Tanglewood is also home to three music schools: the Tanglewood Music Center, Days in the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Besides classical music, Tanglewood hosts the Festival of Contemporary Music, jazz and popular artists, concerts, and frequent appearances by James Taylor, John Williams and the Boston Pops. (Wikipedia)

 

Today Tanglewood annually draws over 350,000 visitors. Each season offers not only a vast quantity of music, but also a vast range of musical forms and styles, all of it presented with a regard for artistic excellence that makes the festival unique.

Berkshire Theatre Group

3 Locations:
The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
The Fitzpatrick Main Stage | 83 East Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262
The Unicorn Theatre | 6 East Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262

 

Berkshire Theatre Group is one of the largest and most exciting arts organizations in Berkshire County. Created by the merger of two of the oldest Berkshire County establishments, Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge and The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, it presents the finest in theatre, music and the performing arts. Berkshire Theatre Festival was founded in 1928 and The Colonial Theatre opened in 1903.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group operates five stages: The 400-seat Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 122-seat Unicorn Theatre and the outdoor Neil Ellenoff Stage on the Berkshire Theatre Festival campus in Stockbridge, and the 800-seat Colonial Theatre and The Garage performance space in Pittsfield. Our complex of buildings and grounds in the Berkshires represent sites catalogued on the National Historic Registry.

 

Serving over 100,000 patrons each season and 17,000 students with its wide range of education programs, Berkshire Theatre Group brings the best of the arts to the residents of Berkshire County and beyond year-round. Please guide us with your suggestions, and support us to the greatest extent that you can.

BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY

30 Union Street, 
Pittsfield, MA 01201

 

Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is a not-for-profit professional theatre company with a three-fold mission: to produce top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre, especially young people.

 

BSC is the fastest growing arts venue in Berkshire County, attracting more than 56,000 patrons each year. Producing in three venues – the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, the St. Germain Stage, and Mr. Finn’s Cabaret – BSC continues to gain national recognition for its superior quality productions and comprehensive educational programming.

SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY

70 Kemble Street, 
Lenox, MA 01240

 

The mission of Shakespeare & Company is to deliver a sustainable, integrated, and vital program of Performance, Training, and Education for the audience, the artist, the Company, and the community.  We embrace the classical ideals and visceral experience of Shakespeare’s work: collaboration, commitment to language, physical prowess and the embodied voice.

 

Located in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country, operating year-round. The organization attracts more than 60,000 patrons annually, with a core of over 150 artists.

 

The Company develops and performs Shakespeare, classics, contemporary, and new plays of social and political significance, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors and designers of all races, nationalities and backgrounds.

 

Shakespeare & Company embraces the core values of Shakespeare’s work: collaboration, commitment to language, visceral experience and classical ideals, expressed with physical prowess and an embodied contemporary voice. Learn more on their website.

JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE

7358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA 01223

 

Jacob’s Pillow Dance is lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine), “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times).

 

“The Pillow” is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival.

 

Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to experience the Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events; train at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; explore the Pillow’s rare and extensive dance Archives; and take part in numerous Community Programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.