Norman Rockwell Museum#12 in Best Things To Do in The Berkshires
The Norman Rockwell Museum walks visitors through the life and prolific works of the well-known American artist. Located in Stockbridge – the town Rockwell called home for the last 25 years of his life – the museum features a variety of exhibits displaying the artist's work, as well as his studio. In the museum cottage and surrounding grounds, festivals, workshops, speakers and galleries take place regularly.
Reviewers recommend tagging along on a tour, in which knowledgeable guides give thoughtful insight into the painter and his artwork. Recent visitors also suggested strolling the attractive grounds and having a picnic instead of eating the meals offered on-site. Stockbridge is home to many fresh and locally-sourced restaurants; the famed Red Lion Inn is just down the street.
From May to October, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From November through April, the museum is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults free for teachers and those 18 and younger. Audio tours are narrated by Peter Rockwell (Norman's son) and accessible on smartphones. Guided gallery talks come included with admission and are offered at 11 a.m., 12:30 2:30 p.m. Parking is free in the museum's lot. There are a museum store and a cafe on-site with a terrace for scenic dining during museum hours. For more information, check out the museum site.
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The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this open-air music venue attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy a variety of classical, contemporary, jazz and pop music performances every year. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has spent its summers at this grand estate located between the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge since 1937. Over this time, many renowned artists have also made appearances at the venue, including Yo-Yo Ma, Earth, Wind & Fire and Steely Dan. Tanglewood is most popular during the summer when the weather allows for sitting on the property's large lawn during performances. Still, the grounds also house multiple indoor facilities and restaurants, which enable visitors to enjoy programs, galas, events and cocerts year-round.
Reviewers call Tanglewood a "music lover's paradise," with charming scenery that keeps travelers returning year after year. Visitors appreciated the well-manicured grounds and world-class concerts, but recommend bringing your own lawn chairs, food and drinks to avoid the hefty prices of concession trucks, restaurants and stores on the property. Whether you bring your seating or rent from the facility, friendly staff can help you get situated, according to reviewers.
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