MA Museums

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Boston, MA

Picture of a Reenactment of the Boston Tea Party

On the evening of December 16, 1773, well over a hundred people calling themselves the Sons of Liberty and disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded three ships (the Beaver, Dartmouth, and Eleanor) tied up to Griffin’s Wharf. The ships were from London carrying cargoes of British East India Company tea. The Sons of Liberty were protesting the tea act and in ... Read More »

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s House – Lenox, MA

Picture of The Mount, Edith Wharton's House in Lenox, MA

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)  was the author of over 40 books, including authoritative works on architecture and gardens. One of these books that she co-authored with architect Ogden Codman, Jr., The Decoration of Houses (1897), was the basis for the design of The Mount, which was built in 1902 at a cost of $57,619. The entrance side of the house is ... Read More »

The Museum of the Gilded Age at Ventfort Hall, Lenox, MA

Picture of Ventfort Hall in Lenox, MA

Located in Lenox, MA in the Berkshires, Ventfort Hall is a Jacobean Revival-style 28-room mansion that was built for Sarah Morgan, the sister of banker J. P. Morgan. The house was designed by the architects Rotch & Tilden. Ventfort Hall is a wonderful example of one of the many Gilded Age “cottages” that were built in Lenox at the end ... Read More »

Berkshire Museum – Pittsfield, MA

Picture of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA was founded in 1903 by Zenas Crane, the owner of the famous paper manufacturer Crane & Company. Crane was inspired by museums such as the American Museum for Natural Science, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He decided to create a museum that brought together the best aspects of these great institutions. ... Read More »

Hancock Shaker Village – Pittsfield MA

Picture of Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA started in 1783 as the third of nineteen major Shaker communities established in the United States. This living history museum on 750 acres of land preserves and celebrates the history of the Shakers who inhabited this community up until 1960 when it became a museum. The Village consists of: 18 historic buildings including a ... Read More »

MASS MoCA – North Adams, MA

Picture of MASS MoCA from Marshall Street in North Adams, Massachusetts

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 ... Read More »

Norman Rockwell Museum – Stockbridge, MA

Picture of Norman Rockwell's Studio

Located in the Berkshires in Stockbridge, MA, where Norman Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life, the Norman Rockwell Museum was founded with the help of the artist and his wife in 1969. The museum moved to its current 36-acre location overlooking the Housatonic River Valley in 1993 and the new museum gallery building was designed by architect ... Read More »

Maria Mitchell Association

Founded in 1902, the Maria Mitchell Association is a non-profit organization that preserves the legacy of Nantucket native Maria Mitchell, who was an astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator. In an enduring tribute to her legacy, the association owns and operates numerous properties on the Island of Nantucket that are sure to appeal to the whole family. Aquarium The Maria Mitchell ... Read More »

Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum was founded in 1968 and preserves the memory of Islanders who risked their lives to rescue people from the numerous shipwrecks that have taken place around the Island of Nantucket. The museum is owned by the Egan Maritime Institute. The museum has both permanent and changing exhibitions. Their galleries exhibit items from their collection ... Read More »

Nantucket Historical Association – Whaling Museum & More

Picture of the Nantucket Historical Assocation Whaling Museum Weather Vane

The mission of the Nantucket Historical Association is to preserve and interpret the history of the Island of Nantucket. Perhaps the most visible manifestation of that are the historical properties that the Society owns and operates. Whaling Museum Perhaps the most famous of the Nantucket Historical Society’s properties is the Whaling Museum. The home of the Whaling Museum is a ... Read More »