The Berkshires are arguably most famous for Tanglewood
, the summer home of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra
and the host of summer music
education centers. Today Tanglewood annually draws over 350,000
visitors. Experience a vast range of musical forms and styles, all
of it presented with a regard for artistic excellence that makes
the festival unique.
Close by in Stockbridge you’ll find the Norman Rockwell Museum
, which is dedicated
to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his
contributions to society, popular culture, and social commentary.
The Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant
collection of Rockwell’s work, including 574 original
paintings and drawings.
For contemporary art lovers out there, the Berkshires are full of
museums and galleries for every taste. In North Adams, the cutting
edge Massachusetts Museum of
Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)
is on a 13-acre former industrial
site. Since opening in 1999, it has become one of the world's
premier centers for making and displaying the best art of our time,
from large display murals to sound and light installations to
performance art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than
50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal
residencies in North Adams.
Just up the road in Williamstown is the Sterling and Francine Clark Art
known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural
environment. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has
recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century,
which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for
expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique
character of its beautiful rural setting.
Just outside the
vibrant city of Pittsfield, history lovers will find Hancock Shaker Village
beautifully restored 19th Century town, set amongst acres of farm,
woodland and pasture. Graceful Shaker furniture, craft and
household items are exhibited in 20 historic buildings. The Round
Stone Barn is a testament to Shaker efficiency, innovation and
design. See the Village come to life through tours, exhibitions,
demonstrations and participatory activities.
Berkshires means performing arts. In Becket is the renowned
Jacob’s Pillow Dance
, America's longest running international dance
festival, which runs June to August, hosting over 50 dance
companies and 200 free performances, lectures & events.
Theatre is plentiful as well – from the Williamstown Theatre Festival
in Pittsfield, Berkshire Theatre Festival
Stockbridge and Shakespeare
in Lenox. This is Broadway caliber theatre on
intimate stages. You’ll see stars of today and tomorrow in
award-winning and brand-new performances.
The Berkshire mountains have that name for a reason – from
lovely foothills to the highest mountain in Massachusetts, Mt.
. At 3,491 feet, Greylock rises above the surrounding
Berkshire landscape, offering dramatic views of 60-90 miles
distant. Bascom Lodge
at its summit is a rustic stone and
wood Lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's
to provide accommodations for hikers, vacationers, and nature
enthusiasts. It has private and group rooms available for overnight
stay. The large dining room with its high ceiling and hand-cut oak
beams offers lunch and dinner. An enclosed porch with wraparound
windows overlooks the finest views in the Berkshires. mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/mgry.htm