Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, MA

Looking to visit a museum or two during your stay but not sure where to start? We can understand that. There are a LOT of excellent Berkshire museums to visit and only so much time in everyone’s day. Let us help with this list of the area’s very best museums.

People come to the Berkshires for a variety of reasons but one of the biggest draws is the region’s incredibly rich culture. Theater, music, art, literature, history. Some of our country’s finest institutions and collections are located right here in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

Even better, our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn in Lee, MA is within easy driving distance of most of them! Below is a list of some of the area’s very best art and history museums.

Top Berkshire Art Museums

Norman Rockwell Museum
Dedicated to the works of Norman Rockwell and the art of illustration. Home to the world’s largest collection of original Rockwell art.
12 minutes from Applegate Inn at 9 Glendale Rd, Stockbridge, MA. nrm.org

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the largest centers for contemporary visual art and performing arts in the country.
54 minutes away from our Berkshires inn at 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. massmoca.org

Norman Rockwell Museum studio exhibit
The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA

Clark Art Institute
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is both a celebrated art museum and a center for research and higher education in the visual arts.
51 minutes from Applegate Inn at 225 South St, Williamstown, MA. clarkart.edu

Williams College Museum of Art
A college teaching museum known for its large American modernist collection.
50 minutes drive from our Berkshires B&B at 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA. artmuseum.williams.edu

Chesterwood Museum
The summer estate and studio of American sculptor Daniel Chester French transformed into a fascinating museum of his life and works.
Just 12 minutes away at 4 Williamsville Rd, Stockbridge, MA. chesterwood.org

Top History Museums of the Berkshires

Hancock Shaker Village
A former Shaker commune, active from 1790 to 1960, now a living history museum preserving and telling the Shaker story.
Only 25 minutes drive from Appelgate Inn at Hancock Shaker Village, Hancock, MA. hancockshakervillage.org

Edith Wharton’s The Mount
Edith Wharton, noted American author , designed both the house and grounds of The Mount as her “first real home.” Now a National Historic Landmark.
Under 10 minutes from our Berkshires inn at 2 Plunkett St, Lenox, MA. edithwharton.org

Arrowhead The Herman Melville House Museum
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
Ventfort Hall is a historic, Jacobean-style mansion anda museum of the Gilded Age.
Just 8 minutes from Appelgate Inn at 104 Walker St, Lenox, MA. gildedage.org

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead
Arrowhead, a historic house museum, was the home of American author Herman Melville between 1850 and 1863, his most productive years.
15 minutes from the inn at 780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA. berkshirehistory.org

Bidwell House Museum
The Bidwell House was built in the 1760s and tells the story of life in the 18th century Berkshires through guided tours.
Just under 20 minutes from Appelgate Inn at 100 Art School Rd, Monterey, MA. bidwellhousemuseum.org

And That’s Not All …

Of course, with so many amazing Berkshire museums, it would be impractical to list them all here. Yet, there are many worthy not included here. Important and popular institutions like the Berkshire Museum and Berkshire Art Museum, the Crane Museum of Papermaking, the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, and so very many others!

What subjects or activities are you interested in engaging in during your Berkshires getaway?  Let us know. Applegate Inn love sharing the wonders of the Berkshires with our guests!