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The Berkshires played a prominent role in American history, art, and culture. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that there are many places within the region to enjoy an enriching experience. One of these places that we highly recommend for our guests is the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. This Berkshires gem is a treasure trove of art and other ephemera created by and related to the iconic American artist, Norman Rockwell. With so much to see, you could easily spend an entire day at this fascinating museum!
The Norman Rockwell Museum is just one of the many galleries and museums to visit during your trip to Lenox. Request your free copy of our Vacation Guide to the Berkshires for more local favorites and attractions you won’t want to miss.
The Norman Rockwell Museum has the largest collection of the artist’s original artwork in the entire world! This makes the museum the ultimate destination for fans of Rockwell’s well-known brand of realism. The collection includes popular masterpieces like the covers for the Saturday Evening Post. Other famous works include The Problem We All Live With, Christmas Homecoming, The Art Critic, and Girl Reading the Post.
If you enjoy the museum, you’ll want to visit Rockwell’s studio, which is also located in Stockbridge. The studio showcases Rockwell’s personal art library, his art equipment and materials, letters from fans, and much more. The studio is an absolute must for true art enthusiasts.
Along with the huge collection of Rockwell’s own work, the Norman Rockwell Museum is home to several special exhibitions of other artists’ work. A special series explores Rockwell’s work in different areas and his influence on American culture and the art world. The exhibits change from time to time, so be sure to check the website and find out what’s coming soon!
If you want to bring a bit of Rockwell’s art home with you, there is no better place to find it than the Norman Rockwell Museum Store. Prints, calendars, books and more are available in the shop, and some prints are even signed by the artist himself! It’s the perfect spot to find the ideal souvenir from your vacation to the Berkshires.
Did you know the Gateways Inn had a special connection with Norman Rockwell? The artist used to be a frequent diner at the Inn’s restaurant before his death in 1978. Legend has it that anyone who wanted a sneak preview of the following weeks Saturday Night Post cover would have to dine at the Gateways Inn on the previous Thursday evening. Lines were long and reservations were strictly limited. We even named our private dining room in his honor, since he and his family made the Berkshires their home for many years.
Since Norman Rockwell loved the Gateways Inn and Restaurant so much, it only makes sense that his fans stay with us during their Berkshires vacation! Our historic Procter mansion turned bed & breakfast boasts vintage charm while providing its guests with all the modern amenities they desire in a comfortable stay. Enjoy your choice of 11 gorgeous guest rooms, easy access to our on-site award-winning restaurant, and the town’s best nightlife in the inviting lounge and bar. We’re the perfect alternative to the typical Berkshires hotels and provide everything you need to make lifelong memories. Book your favorite room with us today and let’s start planning your summer getaway!
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download your free copy of our Vacation Guide to the Berkshires! It’s a handy reference to all the best things to do during your vacation with us.