The Berkshires

MUSEUMS

Animagic
Museum of Animation, Special Effects and ArtView technologies from the movies like The Matrix, X-Men, Predator and Chicken Run. See a real Academy Award. Make your animation movie. By appt. (413) 243.2051/ (413) 841.667977 Main St., Lee. http://www.mambor.com

*Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville
18th century farmhouse where Melville wrote Moby Dick. National Historic Landmark. Guided tours; museum shop. (413) 442.1793. 780 Holmes Rd., Pittsfield. http://www.mobydick.org

Becket Land Trust Historic Quarry and Forest
Abandoned granite quarry, spectacular vistas, extensive hiking trails, self-guided historic walk, artifacts, exhibits, programs, year round daily. (413) 623.2100. Historic Quarry: Quarry Rd., Becket. http://www.BecketLandTrust.org

The Berkshire Museum
Where art, history and science collide. Experience aquarium, dinosaur dig, ancient Egypt, 18th – 21st c. art and more. (413) 443.7171. 39 South St., Pittsfield. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
Ride along the River between Lenox and Stockbridge. A narrated diesel hauled 20-mile trip in vintage coaches. Weekends and holidays, June- Oct. (413) 637.2210. Willow Creek Rd. at Housatonic St., Lenox. http://www.berkshirescenicrailroad.org

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Bidwell House Museum
Colonial life comes alive in 1750 Reverend’s home. Tours, 196 acres, gardens, trails, picnic benches. Memorial Day-Columbus Day. Thurs.-Mon. (413) 528.6888. 100 Art School Rd., Monterey. http://www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

*Chesterwood
Home of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. Visit the studio, garden, woodland walk, museum shop. May-Oct, Daily 10-5. (413) 298.3579. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge. http://www.chesterwood.org

*The Clark Art Institute
French Impressionist, Old Master, American art; special exhibitions; events and programs set on 140 bucolic acres and trails. (413) 458.2303. 225 South St., Williamstown. http://www.clarkart.edu

Dark Ride Project
Center for Robotic-Arts & Eric Rudd Studio: Robotic-art creatures, interactive sculpture environments; new tech art, tours and more. Next to Natural Bridge State Park. Summer: Wed-Sun 12-5. (413) 664.9550. Historic Beaver Mill, Rte. 8, North Adams.

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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Celebrating picture book art from around the world! (413) 658.1100. 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. http://www.picturebookart.org

*Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio
Guided tours of American abstract artists’ Bauhaus-inspired home, artwork and collection. 46 acre estate. Late June-Labor Day. Thurs-Sun. Fri-Sat to fall. (413) 637.0166. 92 Hawthorne St., Lenox. http://www.frelinghuysen.org

Lenox Historical Society
Explore Lenox history in the rebuilt 1803 Lenox Academy. (637) 1824. 65 Main St., Lenox.

*MASS MoCA
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is housed on a restored 19th century factory campus, the country’s largest center for contemporary art including performances year-round. (413) 664.4481. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. http://www.massmoca.org

*The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Estate and Gardens
Elegant 1902 mansion and gardens designed by author Edith Wharton. “Magnificent” – New York Times. Tours/caf?/shop. (413) 637.1899/ (888) 637.1902. 2 Plunkett St., at the southern junction of Rtes. 7 & 7A, Lenox. http://www.EdithWharton.org

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*Norman Rockwell Museum
Experience Norman Rockwell’s original paintings and discover changing exhibitions of other masters of illustration. Open daily. (413) 298.4100. 9 Glendale Rd., Rte. 183, Stockbridge. http://www.nrm.org

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum
1893 Morgan Gilded Age mansion, location of “Cider House Rules.” Open daily June-Oct. Winter Sat. & Sun. 10-3. Mon.-Fri. winter 11-2. (413) 637.3206.104 Walker St., Lenox.
http://www.gildedage.org

Williams College Museum of Art
Collection/changing exhibitions emphasize American, modern, contemporary/art of world cultures. Open year-round. Free. (413) 597.2429. Rte. 2, Williamstown. http://www.wcma.org

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