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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