The Norman Rockwell Museum, in Stockbridge, MA is home to the largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art in the world plus exhibits of other illustrators from around the world. Best of all, it’s just minutes from our Berkshires inn!
Norman Rockwell passed away in 1978, yet remains one of America’s most popular and recognizable illustrators. His work, mostly featured in magazines from the 1920’s to the 1970’s, captured the very essence of the American experience like no one before or since.
Norman Rockwell may have been born in New York City but he loved the Berkshires. So much so, in fact, that he spent the last 25 years of his life in Stockbridge, drawing lots of inspiration from the area. His famous “Home For Christmas” painting features an the unmistakable image of Stockbridge’s Main Street.
The Norman Rockwell Museum came together with the blessing and help of the artist and his family in 1969. The facility is dedicated to the exhibition and study of both his work and that of other important artists and illustrators.
Visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum
The Norman Rockwell Museum is located at 9 Glendale Road / Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262. This is less than 15 minutes from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn, in Lee, MA. The museum is open all-year ’round, minus holidays, and can be found online at www.nrm.org.
Norman Rockwell produced more than 4,000 works different in his lifetime. The museum’s permanent collection contains examples of his paintings, drawings, sketches, and photographs, including over 570 original works.
Rockwell’s reconstructed Stockbridge studio, complete with original furnishings, art library, travel mementos, and fan art, can also be explored. Step over the threshold and enter the artist’s world to see how he worked and what inspired him. Fascinating!
More Than Norman
Though Norman Rockwell is enough of a subject to fill the museum year ’round, that’s not all you’ll find there! The facility also presents other, related exhibitions throughout the year. Current attractions (on display through May 31, 2021) include:
Pops Peterson: Rockwell Revisited
Berkshire-based artist and writer Pops Peterson reimagines mid-century, Norman Rockwell illustrations for today’s world.
Reimagining the Four Freedoms
What does freedom look like today?
Norman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi
A study of Rockwell’s controversial 1964 “The Problem We All Live With” illustration for Look magazine.
Norman Rockwell’s 323 “Saturday Evening Post” Covers
A comprehensive exhibition of Rockwell’s original Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations, created between 1916 and 1963.
The Art of Norman Rockwell: Highlights from the Permanent Collection
Selections from the Norman Rockwell Museum’s public collection of original, including rarely seen works from public and private collections.
Coming soon – Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration – June 12 through October 31, 2021
Visit fantastic worlds of magic and adventure with myths, legends, romance, and epic battles of swords and sorcery. This all far-reaching exhibit will display the fantasy works of a wide variety of artists including: Albrecht Dürer, Gustave Doré, Winsor McCay, Hal Foster, Frank Frazetta, Brian Froud, the Brothers Hildebrandt, Mike Mignola, Boris Vallejo, and many others.
The Norman Rockwell Museum is always good for a visit, no matter what’s currently up. You’ll find lots of other fun and fascinating things to do in the area, too. Attractions like Naumkeag, Chesterwood, Berkshire Botanical Garden, shopping, dining, hiking, and more!
Let us know what interests you during your stay at Applegate Inn and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction. See you soon!