Tag Archives: Art Museum

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 »

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 »

Peabody Essex Museum – Salem, Massachusetts

Picture of the Main Entrance of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA

The Peabody Essex Museum has its origins in the establishment of a “cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities,” by the East India Marine Society of Salem in 1799. Its original intent was to store a collection of objects collected by society members. In 1848, two other organizations, the Essex Historical Society (founded in 1821), and the Essex County Natural History ... Read More »

Cahoon Museum of American Art – Cotuit, Massachusetts

Founded in 1984, the Cahoon Museum of American Art preserves the art and home of Ralph and Martha Cahoon. The museum promotes appreciation of American art with a particular emphasis on the art of Cape Cod and the Northeast. The museum has a collection of folk paintings by the Cahoons as well as a collection of 19th and 20th century ... Read More »

Cape Cod Museum of Art – Dennis, Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Museum of Art collects and exhibits works of art from artists that are associated with Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. The Cape Cod Museum of Art offers: Year-round art classes for both children and adults Seven galleries of collections and exhibitions A sculpture garden A film program featuring independent films Lectures A museum shop A ... Read More »

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

Painting The Rape of Europa (1562) by Titian

With her dream of building a museum that would house her vastly growing and rich art collection, Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840 – 1924), a wealthy patron of the arts, established the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1903. This Venetian-style Museum welcomes its visitors with a sense of warmth and intimacy enhanced more so by its indoor courtyard filled with captivating ... Read More »

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

The Fog Warning / Halibut Fishing by Winslow Homer

One of the largest museums in the United States, and one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, it’s no wonder that the Museum of Fine Arts Boston draws over one million visitors per year. Founded in 1870, the original Museum was located in Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay area. With its grand opening to the general ... Read More »