Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in the town of North Adams features impressive visual and performing arts from both well-known and emerging artists. The diverse artwork including everything from sculptures to virtual reality to painting to photography. What's more, the museum hosts more than 75 performances year-round, ranging from contemporary dance to outdoor silent films with live music. Whether you're looking to see art or make art, the MASS MoCA is sure to fuel your creative mind.

Travelers say this industrial museum is a work of art in itself. This unique space offers so much eclectic artwork that reviewers report wandering its halls for hours. Visitors are especially impressed with the thought-provoking contemporary artwork and how each exhibit is strikingly different from the last, making for a memorable experience.

The museum is open daily from mid-June to mid-October 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. With the exceptions of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Tuesdays, the museum is open the rest of the year Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission, which is valid for two consecutive days, costs $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and veterans, and $8 for kids ages 6 to 16. The museum offers a variety of combo ticket deals, where you can purchase a ticket that grants admission to up to four museums, as well as a discount in the museum gift shops. Parking is free, and you won't have to go far when hunger calls; the museum has multiple cafes, a microbrewery, ice cream shop and restaurant. Check out the MASS MoCA website for more information on exhibitions, performances and educational opportunities.

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