The Berkshires


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) 841.6679 135 Main St., Lee.

*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.

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.

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.

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. 10 Willow Creek Rd. at Housatonic St., Lenox.


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.

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.

*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.

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.


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

*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.

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

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) 662.2111. 87 Marshall St., North Adams.

*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) 551.5111/ (888) 637.1902. 2 Plunkett St., at the southern junction of Rtes. 7 & 7A, Lenox.


*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.

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.

Williams College Museum of Art
Collection/changing exhibitions emphasize American, modern, contemporary/art of world cultures. Open year-round. Free. (413) 597.2429/(413) 597.3131. Rte. 2, Williamstown.