Consider a few days in the cultural hotbed of the Western Massachusetts Berkshires. The area around our bed and breakfast Lenox, Lee, and Stockbridge have fantastic museums. The perfect time to explore them is now, while it is still cold and snowy outside.
The Berkshire Museum, in Pittsfield has many great permanent exhibits, such as pieces by Alexander Calder and local creations in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. There is also a fascinating visiting exhibit about the Art of the Arsenal through June 6, 2010. See a Sioux War Headdress, a Samurai suit, and a Persian horned helmet. It is fascinating to see how our ancestors armed themselves, and to learn something about the ritual of war (war is not glorified in this exhibit, merely examined).
The work of Giovanni Boldini, and impressionist in Paris, is currently at The Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown. There you will also find the impressive Manton Collection – over 200 pieces of British art by greats such as Turner and Constable.
Or spend an afternoon at the nearby Norman Rockwell Museum. On view is through May 16, 2010 is To Rockwell, With Love: Fan Mail and the Saturday Evening Post. A lifetime of the artist’s work is put in perspective when you read how the public responded to him.
We offer a “Two Night Culture in the Country Package” through June 25, 2010. Stay two nights during the week at our Lenox inn and receive free admission to the local museum of your choice. In addition, you enjoy all the comforts of home – and then some – at the inn.
An upcoming exhibit at the nearby Norman Rockwell Museum is not to be missed. From November 7 through May 31, 2010, visitors to the Norman Rockwell Museum will be able to see hundreds of the artist’s artfully staged photographs. Studies for his paintings, these photographs are important works of art in their own right.
Stockbridge Mass is just a few miles from our Lenox MA bed and breakfast. A morning or afternoon spent at the Norman Rockwell Museum is time well spent. In addition to the upcoming special exhibit of Rockwell’s photographs, the museum houses the most complete collection of his iconic American paintings. Rockwell’s last studio, which he called his best, now sits on the museum’s grounds, and is open to visitation.
Take time to visit this remarkable museum when you stay at our Western Massachusetts lodging. The museum store has a wonderful selection of prints and books, which make lovely gifts for the upcoming holidays.
Read more about the Norman Rockwell museum at the Applegate Inn Blog.
Norman Rockwell is as American as apple pie. Our Massachsetts Inn is lucky enough to be less than 15 minutes from the Norman Rockwell Museum, which holds over 700 of his works!
The Museum is in Stockbridge, MA. It holds the largest collection of his work, as well as many of his photographs and letters.
Some highlights include favorites from Saturday Evening Post covers, ‘Four Freedoms’, and ‘Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas’. The museum is a very nostalgic experience; with its close proximity to our Bed and Breakfast Lenox, we hope everyone has a chance to see the work of this exceptional American artist.
Also included is the original Rockwell Stockbridge studio building and its contents. This is a notable space, that includes his personal art collection, his equipment and artist materials as well as mementos from his travels.
The museum currently has a fascinating exhibit on World War I propaganda posters, encouraging the purchase of war bonds. The prints are almost 100 years old, and beautifully patriotic! The exhibit will only be up until January 25, so you better hurry over to our Lenox Bed and Breakfast for a visit!