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In the Berkshires, there is no shortage of things to do and see. Whether you’re an outdoorsman, an art lover, a music aficionado, a history buff, or any combination thereof, the Berkshires are the perfect destination for your next getaway. At the Gateways Inn, we love the place we call home and are always excited to recommend places for guests to visit. One special place to pay a visit to during your time in the region is the Berkshire Museum in nearby Pittsfield. With fascinating exhibits, amazing collections, and a variety of activities and events to take part in, the Berkshire Museum has something to offer everyone!
Zenas Crane conceived the idea for the Berkshire Museum in 1903. Crane was inspired by the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum For Natural Science. He combined the fields of focus from each of these institutions to create a truly unique and engaging museum experience. Today the Berkshire Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate and showcases artifacts, artwork, and scientific displays from all over the world. Because of this, the Berkshire Museum has been called a “window to the world.”
The Berkshire Museum features a changing variety of exhibits ranging from fine art to science and ecology. The Berkshire Museum also features travelling exhibits, giving visitors a chance to see displays that travel the world. Past exhibitions have featured Ansel Adams, American Indian Art, PapwerWorks, and Nature Magified among others. Current exhibitions include natural science, innovation, artworks, and more.
Here’s a full list of the current Berkshire Museum Exhibitions:
I Am Part of Art: A month-long exhibit featuring works by Berkshire residents with disabilities.
Butterflies: Exploration of the Butterfly, the fascination they inspire in us, and a live Butterfly Pavilion with several colorful butterfly species.
Objectify: A Look into the museum’s Permanent Collection
Feignbaum Hall of Innovation: An interactive exhibit that celebrates innovators and innovations with Berkshire origins and gives visitors insight into their worldwide impact.
Berkshire Backyard: Get to know the various habitats, insects, and animals found in the Berkshires.
Dinosaurs & Paleontology: A combination of an impressive fossil display and interactive elements.
Rocks and Minerals: A collection of rocks and minerals from the Berkshires and other parts of the world, including rare specimens.
World in Miniature: Fourteen miniature scenes meticulously crafted to depict global geography and ecology.
Along with the changing exhibits, the Berkshire Museum has a permanent collection of artwork and artifacts. The collection is estimated to have between 25,000 and 30,000 objects, many purchased by founder Zenas Crane.
Inside the Berkshire Museum is Little Cinema, which showcases independent, art house, and foreign films. This single screen theatre screens one specially curated film each week and is a great place to see films you might not have had the opportunity to see in other places.
When planning what to do and see at the Berkshire Museum, be sure to book your stay at our Lenox Inn. The Gateways has timeless elegance as well as luxurious modern amenities. Our guest rooms are the perfect place to call your home-away-from-home during your time in the Berkshires. Our Restaurant is one of the finest in the area as well, so you won’t have to go far to get a fabulous taste of the Berkshires. Or opt for a menu of lighter fair and an extensive list of spirits and wine in our Lounge, where you can enjoy live music many nights. When you stay with us at the Gateways Inn, you’ll have a fabulous Berkshires experience that you won’t soon forget. See you soon!
Photo courtesy Berkshiremuseum via Wikimedia Commons.