Culture vultures will have a field day upon landing in the Berkshires as there are innumerable museums to explore. The Mount (www.edithwharton.org) is the mansion home designed and built by Pulitzer-prize winning author Edith Wharton in 1902. Visitors to this Lenox, Massachusetts museum can get a glimpse into Wharton’s life and interests that included architecture, design, and gardening. Located in North Adams, MA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as Mass MoCA (www.massmoca.org), is a breeding ground for the visual and performing arts. Large-scale and complex installations inform the former while music, alternative cabaret, and avant-garde theater make up the latter. Home to the world’s largest and most significant collection of original Norman Rockwell art, the Norman Rockwell Museum (www.nrm.org) in Stockbridge, Massachusetts features Saturday Evening Post covers, over 100,000 photographs, letters, artist materials, equipment, furniture, and personal objects.
The Clark (www.clarkart.edu) in Williamstown, Massachusetts is well-known for its fine collection of Impressionist, American, and Old Master paintings in a serene setting surrounded by wooded trails. Visitors to Stockbridge, Massachusetts will enjoy stopping by Chesterwood (www.chesterwood.org), the home of Lincoln Memorial sculptor Daniel Chester French. Experience the studio where he worked, the lush gardens surrounding the house, and the many woodland walking trails. At the Berkshire Museum (http://www.berkshiremuseum.org) in Pittsfield, MA, there’s everything from fine art and sculpture from around the world, an aquarium, and a collection of artifacts from Native American cultures.