The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is located in the Berkshires in the City of North Adams. The idea for a contemporary arts center in North Adams in a complex of 19th century factory buildings dates back to 1986 when Williams College Museum of Art director Thomas Krenswas was looking for place to exhibit large works of contemporary art. From that sprang the idea for a contemporary arts center which resulted in the opening of MASS MoCA in 1999.
The 13 acre MASS MoCA campus provides a diversity of spaces that allow it to create and show works that cannot be shown anywhere else in the world. The campus includes:
- 19 galleries providing more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space
- Two theaters – a 10,000 square foot black-box theater and a 3,500 square foot lab theater
- Two performance courtyards
- An outdoor cinema
- Workshop, office, and retail space
The museum thrives on presenting innovative and challenging works in the visual and performing arts. Their galleries provide a steady stream of exhibitions while at the same time they present a plethora of live events including music, theater, dance, film, film with live music, dance parties and kids events.
Hours of Operation
MASS MoCA is open year-round:
- Fall, winter, spring hours: open 11 AM to 5 PM, closed Tuesdays
- Summer hours (mid-June to just after Labor Day): 10 AM to 6 PM daily
Photographs of MASS MoCA
87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA 01247
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