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“One of the hidden treasures of the Berkshires”

Norman Rockwell Museum
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Stockbridge
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Owner description: Founded in 1969, this museum has the world's largest and most significant collection of Rockwell drawings and paintings.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited the Berkshires dozens of times, but this was my first time to tour the Rockwell Museum. Very attractive layout in a colonial style building, with informative signage and captions for each illustration. The highlight was the personable and knowledgeable docent. I believe her name was Judy and she reminded me of Maggie Smith, the actress, with her sly sense of humor. Even if you are not a fan of Rockwell, you will learn something about American pop culture and his immense impact on the political atmosphere in the 40s, 50s and 60s. The museum is set in a scenic pasture away from town, and includes Rockwell's studio, which was moved from downtown Stockbridge, Mass. If you happen to have a membership in another museum, bring along your membership card -- the Rockwell offers free admission for many institutions. One drawback is that a display of Saturday Evening Post covers is on a lower level that involves navigating a staircase. I didn't spot any elevator. The git shop boasts a large inventory of Rockwell prints, postcards, books and other keepsakes. The tent cafe offers tasty but expensive snacks and sandwiches.

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lberliner, Guest Relations Manager at Norman Rockwell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the Museum. I'm glad you enjoyed our docent Judy. She's great!

We allow membership cards from other museums that have NARM on them which is a level of membership that has reciprocity to other museums. Also, sorry you did not see our elevator that is next to our gift shop.

Have a good summer,
Laura

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Made a quick stop to get a specific item from their gift shop and everyone we encountered was extremely helpful. The museum was spotless and definitely a place where I will go back to spend more time looking at different pieces as well as overlooking the grounds

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though I’ve seen countless Rockwell works of art and magazine covers, I didn’t realize exactly how vitally important Normal Rockwell was to American history until we had the opportunity to visit this museum. Therefore, it was a special treat to see his creations up close—and learn so much about his contributions to what makes up America.

He was a patriotic artist, depicting what FDR called the “Four Freedoms” at a very difficult time in the history of the United States: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. Seeing these works of art alone would have made my visit totally worthwhile.

But there was much more to see—numerous paintings and illustrations at Saturday Evening Post covers plus a very well-done movie on Rockwell’s life and contributions.

There is also an excellent gift shop.

Food is served on a beautiful outside covered terrace; it’s delicious and is catered by the Red Lion Inn.

My only disappointment was the inability to fully enjoy Rockwell’s studio because there was a docent speaking to a large group, and we couldn’t wander about the premises.

Thank KenCookie
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two adults spent about four hours at the museum. Very interesting introductory video and exhibits. They rotate some of their paintings so you might see something different than what we saw. Docents give periodic 40 minute or so tours throughout the day. They moved his actual studio from Stockbridge to the museum grounds and it is also open. Went to see Stockbridge just a few minutes down the road afterwards, since the town is in many of his paintings. Also interesting.

Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having grown up looking at his work, a visit to this museum is a walk back in time. This is a beautiful building and grounds with ample parking. Taking a tour with a knowledgeable docent gave insight into his technique as well as the background of some of his more popular pieces. I was especially impressed by the room in the basement which contained every one of his Saturday Evening Post covers, arranged chronologically. His work showed the history of this nation and it's evolving culture, both good and bad. A visit here is priceless and a way to understand where we come from.

Thank cowboy042
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