10 Museums in the Berkshires to Make Time For

Museums in the BerkshiresThe Berkshires is a region rich in both history and culture, making it a wonderful place to visit if you want to take in some great museums. Whether you’re interested in history or art, museums in the Berkshires have something for you. When you come to the Gateways Inn in Lenox, MA we recommend you make time for at least a few of these ten museums in the Berkshires.


1. Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum has the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art. View iconic artwork from the The Saturday Morning Post and the Four Freedoms. Rockwell made his home in Stockbridge and his studio is also preserved there. Before his death, Rockwell was a great friend of the Gateways Inn and dined here frequently. Just 6 miles down the road from us, this is a must visit on the list for anyone coming to the Berkshires.


2.Ventfort Hall, The Museum of the Gilded Age

Experience the grandeur of the Gilded-Age, when Lenox was a resort village for the very wealthy. Today this estate acts as a museum showcasing the décor, fashion and culture of the late 19th century. The museum is just a few minutes walking distance from us, and was the made famous in the movie Cider House Rules.


3. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)

This center for contemporary visual and performing arts is housed in a restored 19th century factory. MASS MoCA showcases visual art exhibits from both established and emerging artists with large-scale installations in a vast and inspiring space. The museum also presents more than 75 performances each year including popular music, dance, and avant-garde theatre. Located in North Adams, it is a 35 minute drive from Lenox


4. Clark Art Institute

Art galleries showcasing impressionist, American and Old Master paintings. It’s one of the only institutions in the US that combines a public art museum with research and academic programs. The museum is bordered by 140 acres of woodland trails in the quissential New England college town of Williamstown, hoem to no other than Williams College. A scenic 40 minute drive from us on route 7. .


5. Williams College Museum of Art

The other museum in Williamstown, it is one of several museums in the Berkshires offering visitors the chance to view some of the finest classical art in the area, Williams College Museum of Art focuses on American, modern, and contemporary art of world culture. Admission is free.



6. Arrowhead

The historic home where Herman Melville famously wrote Moby Dick has become one of the most popular museums in the Berkshires among literary fans. Today the museum offers tours from Memorial Day Weekend until Columbus Day. Along with collections dedicated to Melville, the museum has exhibits on local Berkshire history, and local arts and culture. 7 minutes driving time away,



7. Berkshire Museum

The Berkshire Museum combines a variety of exhibitions and activities catering to many interests. Exhibits include fine art, fossils, ancient objects and even an aquarium of native and exotic creatures. The Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation stands out among museums in the Berkshires due to its interactive nature. The hall explores the innovators and innovations that have originated in our area. In Pittsfield, it is a short 10 minute drive from The Gateways.


8. Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum

Tour the historic 1903 Lenox Station and find out about railroading history in the area. The industry was integral in the development of the Berkshires economy.

9. Naumkeag Museum and Gardens

This Gilded-Age estate offers self-guided house tours as well as self-guided garden audio tours. There are seven formal gardens surrounding the historic mansion. Located in Stockbridge, about 15 minutes away.


10. Mission House Museum and Gardens

Also in Stockbridge, this is a National Historic Landmark. Mission House was built in 1740. Visitors learn about Colonial era Stockbridge through the exhibits in the house and English and Mohican gardens.



When you’re planning which of these museums in the Berkshires to visit, don’t forget to book your stay at the Gateways Inn. Our elegant rooms and suites are the perfect place to rest and recharge, dine or just relax with live music in the lounge, after a day of exploring. Housed in a beautifully restored Lenox mansion, the Gateways is linked to the history and culture of the area in many ways, so you will have the best Berkshires experience possible. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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